Steven Egler holds B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from The University of Michigan where he studied organ with the late Robert Glasgow and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier. Additional study and coaching has been with Liilian McCord, Catharine Crozier, Charles W. Ore, Quentin Faulkner, and George Ritchie. He has appeared as a soloist, collaborator—including the Shelly-Egler Duo—and clinician throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, has been heard fourteen times on National Public Radio’s Pipedreams, and has performed and given workshops for several regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the National Flute Association.
His students hold major church and college teaching positions throughout the United States and have pursued graduate degrees in prominent organ and church music programs across the country.
As a champion of new music, he has commissioned and premiered over 30 compositions for organ, flute and organ, and choir and organ, his recordings are available from Summit Records, Organ Historical Society, and MorningStar Music Publishers, and his transcription of Widor’s Romance and Scherzo for Flute and Organ is available from MorningStar Music. His series of interviews of Robert Glasgow, Robert Powell, Frederick Swann, Marilyn Keiser, Charles W. Ore, Gerald Near, and Morgan and Mary Simmons has appeared in recent issues of The Diapason and The American Organist. Current projects include an interview of organist, Carol Williams, and a biography of American composer Gerald Near.
In service to the A.G.O., he has served as Region V Councilor, a member of the National Council, and as both a member and Director of the National Nominating Committee. He is currently serving as Dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Egler is Professor of Music Emeritus at Central Michigan University (1976-2014), Director of Music and Organist Emeritus at First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant (1976-2011), and has served more recently as Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church in Saginaw, MI (2011-2015). From 2014-2020, he served as Adjunct Professor of Organ in the C.M.U. School of Music.