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Steven Stickney

Coordinator of Music Recruitment and Music Travel


  • MA University of Iowa
  • BA University of Iowa


Steve Stickney serves as Coordinator of Music Recruitment and Travel at Mount Mercy University.

Stickney recruits students for Mount Mercy's music ensembles and travels the Midwest as a marching, concert and jazz band clinician and guest conductor.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Stickney earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from The University of Iowa and has completed over 45 hours of post-graduate work at The University of Iowa, Illinois State University, Seattle Pacific University, and Northwestern University.

Stickney brings a distinguished 33-years of public high school band experience to Mount Mercy University. High school concert band and jazz ensembles, under his direction at City High School and Linn-Mar High School, have appeared five times as honor bands at the Iowa Bandmasters Conference in Des Moines. Both music departments were also nationally recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation with five GRAMMY Signature School designations.

Professional honors include traveling to Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, to Yale University as one of 50 music educators in the nation selected to receive The Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, to Northwestern University as a summer Fellows recipient, being honored by his peers as an Iowa Bandmasters Association Karl King Distinguished Service Award recipient, and recently being named the 2020 National Federation of State High School Associations Outstanding Educator for the state of Iowa.

His professional affiliations include the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, and the Jazz Educators of Iowa. He currently serves as chairperson for the Iowa Bandmasters Association Endowment Fund Committee, and has served as chairperson for the Southeast Iowa District Jazz and Junior High Large Group Festivals, site chairperson for the SEIBA Concert Band Festival, President of the Iowa Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators, President of the SEIBA, chairperson for the IBA Concert Band Affairs committee, and President of IBA.