Southwest District ACE Award
Eden Prairie, MN
Nominated by Stephen Kingsbury, Southwest MN State University-Marshall
Presented by: Chad Felton, Southwest District Chair
Stacey currently lives in Ghent with her husband Mark, her two children Elizabeth and Joe and her step-daughter, Michaela. Stacey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played piano, flute and percussion with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and piano and bari sax with the Minneota Community Jazz Band. However, it is as a pianist and accompanist that Stacey has really left a mark in the choral community in southwest Minnesota.
After moving to the area in 1994, Stacey began playing at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. It was at that time that she also started accompanying the choirs at Marshall Junior High School and SMSU. She began accompanying the Chancel Choir at First Lutheran Church in Marshall in 2001. She has also played for numerous musicals in Marshall and at the Opera House in Lake Benton. For several of these productions she served as Music Director.
Today, Stacey serves as the accompanist of the SMSU Chorale. She also is the accompanist/coach for several of the voice students at SMSU. Stacey is a remarkable accompanist, who has supported not only my work for the past decade, but who is an active and fundamental support for our students. On top of it all, she is an amazing human being who brings a striving for profound excellence as well as an incredible sense of humor to each and every rehearsal.