Chad A. Steffey is a conductor, composer, percussionist, and church musician from Fairfax, Virginia. As Music Director at St. Peter’s in The Woods, Chad assists in all aspects of music and worship planning in the life of the church. He leads rehearsals, writes music for the liturgy, arranges music for instrumental groups and special occasions, plays a variety of instruments, and assists the music director in managing the music ministry programs.
Currently, Chad is an adjunct faculty member of the George Mason University School of Music where he teaches music fundamentals, sight singing, and is the associate conductor of the University Singers. As a full-time student at George Mason University, he is pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting.
From 2013-2014, Chad served on the music staff of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia, as the Associate Director of Worship Arts where he led several vocal and handbell ensembles. From 2000-2004, he was the Director of Music at Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia.
Chad served for 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring in the rank of Major in July 2013. His career spanned several assignments as a percussionist and conductor in the Air Force Band career field, then as a public affairs officer at Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon. From 1999-2004, he was the Director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and a staff conductor with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC.
Chad is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance and music theory in 1991. In 1993, he earned the Master of Music in percussion performance from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Chad has two children, Tyler (18) and Cara Grace (11).