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Stephen Posegate, DMA

Director, Riverside Harmony Project, CBU
Professor, Music Education

Steve Posegate, D. M. A., Professor of Music Education - has taught all levels of education from pre-school through graduate school. He has initiated many programs over the years, including initial curriculum development projects in two districts.. As the first music teacher hired in the Denali Borough School District in Alaska, he taught grades K-12. He later taught in Nenana City Schools. Moving to Anchorage, he taught elementary general music & middle school band & choir and was involved in district-wide curriculum development projects. He began teaching future teachers in 1985 at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) while still teaching in Anchorage School District. He completed a Master of Education in public school administration at UAA.


While in Anchorage, he also founded the Anchorage Civic Orchestra & conducted it for 10 years. Steve earned a Master of Music degree in composition from Indiana University. He has been active in church music since he was a teenager.


After three years as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at University of Oregon (UO), Steve continued teaching future teachers at Trinity International University in IL where he was Director of Bands & Associate Professor of Music Education. Steve was granted the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education with a minor in Wind Ensemble Conducting at UO. 


Dr. Posegate moved to California Baptist University in 2011. He has made numerous presentations at music education conferences. He also composed the official CBU song: “Lance Up, CBU!” As a board member of Riverside Arts Academy (RAA), Dr. Posegate founded Harmony Project Riverside at California Baptist University. HPR@CBU serves nearly 100 underserved children from Riverside & provides them with instruments & free instruction in violin, cello, & bass through the generosity of RAA. Music education students at CBU are gaining valuable experience helping & teaching with RAA. 


Dr. Posegate & his wife, Kathy, live in Riverside. Their three adult children are married & are established in their careers.  Steve & Kathy have two young grandchildren. 


Major professors – Composition – David Dzubay, Eugene O’Brien, Claude Baker

Conducting – Gunther Schuller, Robert Ponto, Wayne Benedict

Music Education – Harry E. Price, Paul Doerksen, Randall S. Moore


Degree summary: 

Bachelor of Music Education Wheaton College (IL) 1976

Master of Education – Public University of Alaska Anchorage 1987

School Administration 

Master of Music – Composition Indiana University 2000

Minor in Electronic Music

Doctor of Musical Arts – Music University of Oregon 2009

Education, cognate area –

Wind Ensemble Conducting