Stevi Marks Deerfield IL, GRAMMY Music Educator Award semi-finalist died at 69

Stevi Marks Death – GRAMMY Music Educator Award semi-finalist Stevi Marks of Deerfield, Illinois died at the age of 69. Stevi Marks, the beloved wife of 43-year-old Jeffrey Michael Marks passed away this morning. She was announced dead by her loving husband. ‘Stevi peacefully passed away this morning.” No cause of death was reported for Stevi Marks at the time of this publication. Thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Stevi Marks – Biography

Stevi Ann Marks was born August 12, 1954, in Chicago to Howard and Judy Silverman. She teaches Choral Methods 1 and its practicum, Voice Class, and the student-teacher Colloquium at Northwestern University, where she also serves as the Coordinator of Student Teachers and Assessment for the Bienen School of Music. She also teaches choral methods, choral literature, and conducting for the School of Music at DePaul University.

Stevi, a semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, is the director of choral programs at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, where she conducts the professional children’s chorus Voices Rising and the elite high school ensemble VocalPoint. In addition to their regular concert schedule, they will sing for the inauguration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Merry Merry Chicago and travel to Indianapolis to perform a concert with the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus during the 2019-2020 season.

The organizations participated in Bulgaria’s Songs of Life Festival in July 2018 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the rescue of 49,000 Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust. Other recent performances include appearances at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Ravinia, Pick-Staiger, Merry Merry Chicago, and Welcome Yule with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Symphony Centre, the Kennedy Centre, and Carnegie Hall. Under Stevi’s tenure as choral director at Glenbrook South High School, the institution was designated a GRAMMY Signature School.

From 1993 to 2017, she also directed the Glenbrook Musical and the annual Variety Show. Stevi obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal-choral music education from VanderCook College of Music (2009). Stevi was the District 7 ILMEA Vocal Jazz Chair for five years and twice hosted the District 7 Music Festival. Stevi, who is frequently requested as a clinician and guest festival conductor, will lead the Vocal Jazz ensemble at the 2019 District 7 ILMEA Jazz Festival.

Other professional credits include the Chicago Symphony Chorus; performing in and directing hundreds of shows at venues such as the Marriot Theatre, Lincolnshire Theatre, and Apple Tree Theatre, where she also directed Theatre for Young Audiences, the Travelling Troupe, the Summer on Stage theatre program, and served as a teacher and educational director of the Eileen Boevers Performing Arts Workshop. Stevi, a devoted and active volunteer, sings weekly at nursing homes and has led four Habitat for Humanity excursions.

Stevi Marks obituary

Service Thursday at 12 Noon at Congregation Or Shalom, 21 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. To attend the funeral live stream and view the complete obituary, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,

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