B.A., Northwestern College
M.M., University of Colorado
D.M.A., University of Colorado

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Adjunct Professor of Music

Steve brings a diverse background of performing experiences and educational credits. He is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and has deep roots in the Black Hills region. He began his academic career with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater, from Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) in 1979. He continued study at the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) where he added a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance in 1986 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 1993.

Branch has performed with Opera Colorado (Denver, CO), Colorado Lyric Theater Festival (Boulder, CO), The Goodman Theater and Opera San Benedetto (Chicago, IL), Cedar Rapids Symphony (Cedar Rapids, IA), San Diego Opera (San Diego, CA), Moonlight Theater (Vista, CA), the Black Hills Symphony (Rapid City, SD) and a variety of dinner theaters along Colorado’s front-range.

Prior to joining the faculty at JWC, Steve held faculty positions at South Dakota State University, University Nebraska at Kearney, and San Diego Christian College (El Cajon, CA). He also held music and worship arts positions at Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL, Kearney Evangelical Free Church, Kearney, NE, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and First Congregational Church, Rapid City, SD.

He currently resides in Rapid City with Nanette, his wife of more than 37 years. They enjoy hiking, the outdoors in general and planning their next get together with their grandchildren.