Professor of Horn Stephen Schepper
Stephen Schepper is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Horn at Millikin University. His teaching duties include the horn studio and a level 400 Education class; Instrumental Methods for Vocal Education Majors. Professor Schepper holds degrees from Millikin and the University of Illinois.
Professor Schepper stays busy as a performer, playing principal horn in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Decatur Municipal Band. He is an accomplished musician on all brass instruments, drum set and timpani, and performs regularly with the Decatur Big Band, the West End Trio, and Four Voices, a group replicating the vocal style of the Four Freshmen.
Mr. Schepper retired from the Decatur Public Schools in 2010 after a 33 year career as a band director. During his 30 years at DPS 61, Steve served as music coordinator, taught beginning band at several grade schools, and was Director of Bands at Roosevelt Middle School and Stephen Decatur Middle School. In 1995 he was also named Assistant Director of Bands at MacArthur High School. His efforts at these levels created a standard of excellence which was reflected in the internationally recognized Decatur MacArthur band program.
Steve continues to serve as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Illinois at both junior high and senior high levels. He has worked with students in 5 of the 9 Districts of the ILMEA and is a much sought after guest conductor, especially at the junior level, where his experience and infectious enthusiasm are a perfect match for the high energy level of the junior high student.