Allegro Handbell Ensemble
Stephen C Edwards, M.Mus. Director of Music and Worship, Union Church (2014–present)
Mr. Stephen C Edwards has been teaching and working with choirs and vocal ensembles for over 15 years. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Allegrezza and is the former Artistic Director of Windy City Performing Arts, where he led the Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria. Among his accomplishments are tenures with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, where he earned two Grammy Awards. He was the featured tenor soloist with the Chicago Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. Recently, Mr. Edwards was appointed to the national Board of Directors for GALA Choruses, where he supports and promotes GALA Choruses throughout the United States and abroad.
Before arriving at the Union Church of Hinsdale, Mr. Edwards served at Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois. He has experience with handbell ensembles, children’s music, choral music, contemporary music, and has been actively involved in all aspects of worship planning. After college, Stephen attended seminary and completed a Master of Music degree in sacred music and vocal performance at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Daniel M. Reck, M.S.Ed. Media Director, Allegro Handbell Ensemble (1998–present)
Mr. Daniel M. Reck has been the ensemble's Media Director since 1998, producing their recording artwork, concert programs, and this website. Mr. Reck has been a handbell musician since 1992, performing four of those years with the Allegro Handbell Ensemble and two years as a guest conductor with the ensemble. He is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America.
A music composer, Mr. Reck wrote The ALLEGRO Union for the ensemble, which celebrates Allegro's rich history and includes a quote from William A. Payn's Elegy, which itself honors former Allegro director Dwight K. Menard. He also composed Clarion Festival Overture,celebrating Michael Surratt's twenty-fifth anniversary as its conductor, in 2004. Both works are published by forzandoArts.
Mr. Reck has been composer-in-residence for multiple university-associated ensembles and is currently Director of Digital Media and Photography for University Bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he earned a Master of Science in Education degree. He is also associate registrar at Midwestern University and music director for the Shadow of Bronze. He has performed solo literature and conducted ensembles in the United States, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and France, and has appeared with the Handbell Musicians of America National All-Star Ensemble conducted by Deborah Carr.