Dr. Steven McGregor Demorest (’89) died September 22, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois after a 20-month battle with a form of lung cancer that – much like him – was very rare. True to his wishes, he passed peacefully at home with his family and loyal dog by his side.
Steven completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he credits his advisor, Anthony Barresi for teaching him how to ask hard questions that better the work. Throughout his life, he tenaciously and honestly pursued the highest quality research.
Steven spent his life as a Professor of Music Education, most recently at Northwestern University, after beginning his career at the University of North Texas and spending 21 years at the University of Washington. Steven completed his undergraduate work at Luther College, where he worked closely and built a lifelong relationship with Weston Noble. He received his Master’s from Westminster Choir College and had the exceptional experience of performing at the Spoleto Festival and in New York City.
Steven had a curious mind and published regularly. He was most notably driven by the belief that singing should not be reserved for a chosen few, but can be a communal way to celebrate, mourn, find joy, and express ourselves. He will be remembered by his family and many others through song.