Steven Betancourt, M.M.
|Title:||Sacramental Life, Director of Liturgical Music|
M.M., Indiana University
B.A., Whittier College
Mr. Steven Betancourt is the Director of Music for Madonna della Strada Chapel and University Organist for Loyola University Chicago. In addition, he teaches applied organ and directs the Schola Cantorum in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Mr. Betancourt's recent engagements include a collaboration with VOX3 Vocal Music Collective, a program for organ and dance as part of the Organ Series in Madonna della Strada Chapel in 2010 as well as a recital on the Flentrop organ at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Additionally, he is a member of the auxiliary music staff of the Archdiocese of Chicago's office for Divine Workship and also a consulatant to the American Federation Purei Cantores.
Previously, Mr. Betancourt was the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Immaculate Conception Church on Chicago's Northwest side. There, he led a vibrant program of four singing choirs, two ringing choirs, a contemporary ensemble and troupe pf liturgical dancers.
Mr. Betancourt earned his B.A. in Music Education from Whittier College in California studying with Dr. Frances Nobert and David McVey. His M.M. from Indiana University-Bloomington was a double-major program in organ performance and church music. His teachers at Indiana University included Drs. Larry Smith, Carla Edwards and Marilyn Keiser.