University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Chip De Stefano


Chip De StefanoChip De Stefano
McCracken Middle School, Skokie, Illinois
Illinois Middle School Honor Band

Chip De Stefano received both his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Master of Music Education Degrees from Northwestern University. Mr. De Stefano is currently in his 17th year as Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois and his third year as Director of the University Wind Ensemble at the University of Chicago. Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band has received first division ratings at all district and state organization contests of the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) and has made multiple appearances at the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Conference, University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival (selected as Honor Band 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2011), and MENC North Central Division Conference. In 2006 the Symphonic Band presented a concert at the "60th Anniversary" Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. In the Spring of 2007, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the McCracken Symphonic Band the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup.

Mr. De Stefano’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the National Band Association (Board of Directors, Middle School Representative), the Illinois Grade School Music Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. De Stefano is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He's conducted honor bands in Singapore, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Florida, and throughout Illinois. In addition, he has presented conference sessions at the Midwest Clinic (2008), IMEA All-State Conference (2003, 2005, 2008), Iowa Bandmasters Conference (2010), Nebraska Music Educators Association State Conference (2011), Illinois State University Band Director Workshop (2012) and DuPage County Music Clinic (2009). Mr. De Stefano is a recipient of fourteen National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara Buehlmann Young Conductor Award in 2004, and the IGSMA Cloyd Meyers Memorial Award in 2011.