The musicians and vocalists of the Lawrence Civic Choir are a community of performers with stories beyond the music they make together. They are volunteers, teachers, community leaders, parents, artists and more. Together, they define the sound of the Lawrence Civic Choir.
Steve Eubank, a native Kansan, graduated from Friends University in 1973 and completed graduate work at Washburn University, Kansas University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Friends University, Baker University and Washington University. He is the Director of Choral Activities at Topeka High School, director of Topeka’s First United Methodist Church sanctuary choir and artistic director of the Lawrence Civic Choir since 2002.
Since 1976, Steve has taught vocal music at Topeka High School. His other teaching positions have been in Belle Plaine, Kansas for two years and Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri for six years. He serves as a clinician and adjudicator for Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas festivals and contests, as well as being an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association. He is a past president of the Kansas Choral Directors Association and a past Repertoire and Standards Chair for Southwest ACDA . He received the Harry Robert Wilson award for outstanding contributions to Kansas Choral Music, and he was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Federated Music Clubs in 2002. In 2010 he was inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame.
Steve has directed over 30 musicals at the high school and community levels. A member of Music Theater of Wichita for a season, he has also sung professionally with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and has been active in the Topeka Opera Society. Steve also directs the Topeka High School Madrigals (founded in 1937), an integral part of the rich choral tradition at Topeka High School. The group has sung regularly at KMEA and was chosen to sing at the ACDA’s national convention in San Diego in March 1997.
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Geoffrey Wilcken is an active composer, conductor, organist, and pianist. He began studying composition in 1982 under Dr. Jeffrey Prater at Iowa State University. After the publication of his anthem, “Lord Jesus Lay” by Augsburg Publishing House in 1984, when he was eleven, Geoff went on to win the Music Teachers National Association composition contest in 1985 and again in 1986. Current publications include “Grant Us Thy Peace” and “Sing, All” by Alliance Music Publications, and “The Higher Path,” available from Colla Voce Press. In 2015 he received the first ever Kansas Choral Composition award for his work, “Life’s Symphony.”
Geoff began serving regularly as organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa in 1988, and he has remained vigorously involved in church music since then. Currently he can be heard on the organ of historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City. In addition, he has performed with various ensembles in Lawrence and the Kansas City area, including the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, Songflower Chorale, Musica Vocale, and the Moon City Big Band.
He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Iowa State University in composition in 1995 while studying under Dr. Prater, and he subsequently finished his Master of Music degree in choral conducting under Simon Carrington at the University of Kansas in 1998. He toured southern England with the KU chamber singers in 1997. Geoff is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Kansas.
Contact Geoff Wilcken via email.