Stevie Greenwell is a musician and choral educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she founded the all-women's group Vamp. Stevie started singing a cappella in high school and went on to become a member of various groups from large chamber choirs to vocal jazz groups.
As the Director of Vocal Studies at Marin School of the Arts (MSA) from 2012 to 2018, Stevie created and managed an award-winning vocal program and directed two jazz choirs, an advanced treble choir, and treble and mixed-voice concert choirs. Under her direction, the jazz choir won the Sweepstakes title at the acclaimed Folsom Jazz Festival in both 2014 and 2017 and was one of only eight nationwide choirs invited to participate as finalists in the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 - earning high marks each year. In 2015 Stevie was awarded the “Golden Bell” from the California School Boards Association, an award that recognizes outstanding programs and governance practices in school district boards and county offices of education throughout California.
Stevie now performs with the Thrive Choir, the Jazz Mafia Choral Syndicate, and other artists around the Bay Area. She facilitates choir retreats to help vocal groups connect to each other, improve communication, and grow their musical skills. She also works with and clinics other choirs around the Bay Area. She is also part of the senior voice faculty at the Marin-based summer singing camp, “Own the Mic,” voted Best in the Bay by Parents’ Press in 2015, teaching master classes in vocal improvisation, artist appreciation, self-expression, and artist identity – along with directing a Master Gospel Choir, jazz choir, co-directing small pop ensembles, and offering solo voice lessons.
Before beginning her role at MSA, Stevie was a two-year Peace Corps volunteer, living in Zambia and working to improve rural education through literacy programs. During this period she co-directed a province-wide girls’ empowerment camp focused on education, arts, life skills, health, and leadership. She also created and led an after-school club focused on self-expression, songwriting, and lyric structure. A year afterward, she returned to Zambia with a group of Peace Corp alumni to create “Paint the Movement,” a training program for Special Education teachers.
Stevie’s passion is helping individuals grow through music, experience connection to others through community, and find their voice through the arts. She believes that our voice can be a tool of reflection and expression to help us learn who we are and what we want to express to the world. We welcome Stevie on January 14, 2019.