Steven Albaugh is currently the head of the choral/vocal program at Rosemount High School. Steven received his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and his Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. A native Iowan in his 31st year of teaching, he has held teaching and conducting positions in schools and churches in Center Point and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as his first Minnesota positions at Eagan High School and Shepherd of the Valley Church in Apple Valley. At Rosemount High School, Steven conducts numerous curricular and co-curricular ensembles and directs the school's annual musical revue show. Under his leadership, the choral department at Rosemount High School has doubled to over 420 students.
Active in the American Choral Director’s Association in both Iowa and Minnesota, Steven is currently the Vice-President of ACDA of Minnesota, chairing the ACDA-MN Summer Dialogue in 2013 and 2014. Recently, Steven was chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and selected as a contributor to Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Before moving to Minnesota, Steven was the Chairperson of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association Summer Convention. He continues to serve the choral community in numerous capacities, including serving as a member of the ACDA-MN 50th Anniversary Taskforce in charge of conceptualizing, developing, and implementing the 50th Anniversary celebration of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.
Steven serves as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for numerous choir festivals, workshops, conferences, and competitions at various academic levels. His professional affiliations include ACDA, MENC, and The Voice Care Network.
2017-18 will be Laura's 15th year at Rosemount High School, where she teaches Men's Chorale, Bella Voce, beginning music theory and AP Music Theory. Previously, she spent four years in Fresno, California, teaching middle school choir, high school choir, high school band, piano, and music theory. Laura is a graduate of Luther College, where she earned her undergraduate degree in vocal and instrumental music education, and of Northern Arizona University, where she completed a master’s degree in choral conducting and finished all but her thesis in music theory and composition. She has also completed most of the coursework for an additional master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Additionally, Laura has served as a church choir director, music director and pit orchestra conductor for theater productions at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. Since 2012, she has been the music director for "On The Air," an innovative, live-broadcast radio theater show that has become an established part of the RHS Performing Arts season. She also plays the oboe – her major instrument in college and primary “voice” for most of her early life – though pretty infrequently, as it's hard to make time for it. An introvert, Laura most cherishes the work she does with individuals and small groups, especially when it involves helping students discover and develop their own unique creative and academic gifts. She is grateful for the new things she learns every day from the people around her, and feels incredibly fortunate to work in a field abounding in light-bulb and goosebump moments.
Gina Stutzman Toso
Gina Stutzman Toso is currently in her sixteenth year as vocal music instructor at Rosemount High School. Mrs. Toso directs the Irish Belles freshman women’s choir (presently 95 voices strong!), Bel Canto select women’s choir, the Freshman Select Freshman Women's choir, and the RHS Chamber Singers. Ms. Toso was also the vocal director for the school's annual musical for 13 years.
Mrs. Toso holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Music degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University, and presently holds the status of ABD in the Arizona State University Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) program. She has conducted choirs at the post-secondary level serving as the Women’s Choir Director at Minnesota State University Mankato and as the Women’s Choir Director at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). She is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), and she served on the board of the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association. Mrs. Toso is an accomplished vocal soloist who enjoys teaching private voice lessons from her home and she is frequently called upon to adjudicate vocal clinics and competitions in the region.
As an educator and parent, Mrs. Toso is interested in the development of all students. For this reason, she serves on the school’s Equity Team, Educational Improvement Plan Team, and has served on the district committee for writing the district music curriculum. She is also the advisor for the school's Diversity Club called "Mosaic." Her favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow as musicians and as young adults.
Mrs. Toso resides in Rosemount with her husband, Rev. Nathan Toso, and her two children, Peter (14) and Ella (10).