Steven Phillips

Steven Phillips, Associate Conductor

Steven is a versatile artist with several recordings to his credit as performer, composer, arranger, conductor, and producer. He works in classical, jazz, and popular styles, and serves as Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church, Sarasota. He holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting, and a Master of Arts in Religion. In addition, he has done postgraduate studies in piano and jazz improvisation. Choral music has long been a passion for Steven. “It is a synergy of energy,” he says, “and it brings something to the world that is vital and deeply renewing.”

Nancy Yost Olson, Accompanist

Nancy Yost Olson spent more than 32 years as a choral conductor, church organist, and recitalist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Minnesota. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College (now part of Rider University) where she majored in Organ Performance and sang in their Symphonic Choir. Nancy has studied organ with Donald McDonald, George Markey and Alexander McCurdy; she is a former finalist in the AGO National Organ Competition and has also done extensive advanced studies in choral conducting. She has been playing piano since the age of two.

After moving to Florida in 2001 Nancy reestablished an old love for piano accompanying. She frequently collaborates with singers and choral groups in the Southwest Florida area and has accompanied Gloria Musicae (now Choral Artists of Sarasota), Belle Canto and others. Since becoming Key Chorale’s rehearsal and performance accompanist in 2009, Nancy has accompanied the Chorale on two European tours and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., and with them recorded two CDs, taped a documentary, and premiered many new choral works. Nancy has served three terms with Key Chorale’s Board of Directors and is a former singing member and Soprano Section Leader of the organization. When she’s not doing music in some way, Nancy has begun learning Qigong and Qi-ssage, ways of getting the energy flowing freely in the body.