Mar Stephen

Mar Stephen F. Duncan, OCCA Bishop in Galveston, TX

Mar Stephen was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He grew up in an adopted family in Lawton, OK along with his brother Michael.

He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in 1980 First in his class with a 4.0 average.
He was active in Band, Jazz Band, AJROTC, Science Fair and Scouting.

He attended University at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK.
He was active in Band, Jazz Band, Collegium Musicum, Choir, ROTC, Kappa Kappa Psi, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha diGamma Alpha, Newmn Center and his local Catholic Parish.

BA Sacred music 1983 summa cum laude.
BME Instrumental Music Education 1984 summa cum laude.
MM Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental) 1987

His doctoral work was done at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN
He was active in the Composers Alliance, the Band, the Orchestra, the Pit Orchestra, the Wind Quintet, and worked half time with the Diocese of Memphis as Coordinator of Liturgical Music as well as serving as the Principal Cantor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and also Saint Teresa Parish.

DMA Sacred Music 1991 Dissertation work done in Indigenous Music in the Roman Catholic Church in India: A Genre of Hindusthani Music (Bhajans) as Used in the Roman Catholic Church

He holds a MDiv in comparative religion
His second academic book relates to that work.
A History of the Sacred Musical Life of An Orthodox Church in America

He was ordained Deacon in Albuquerque, NM by Bishop Jerry Hegarty (OCCA) 1995
He was ordained Priest in Albuquerque, NM by Archbishop Alfred Louis Lankenau 1996
He was consecrated Bishop in Galveston, TX by Bishop Elizabeth, Archbishop Peter and Bishop Paul 2014

He has been many things: a band director, elementary music teacher, liturgical musician, composer, college professor, and currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts for the Galveston Independent School District.

Bishop Stephen is a noted music educator and ethnomusicologist with books on the shelves of Harvard and Yale. He truly loves exploring the musics of the world. He has traveled to many places in Europe, Mexico, Canada, India and Japan.

His work as a Fine Arts administrator keeps him in contact with faculty and students in art, band, ceramics, choir, dance, drama, musical theater and theater.

He is also involved with:

Galveston Rotary Club, Sgt. at Arms
Galveston Railroad Museum, Board of Directors
Admiral - Texas Navy, Chaplain to the Hawkins Squadron, Galveston, TX
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Chaplain to the Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lea Camp #2, Houston, TX
69th NYSV Historical Society, Chaplain
Texas Music Educators Association
Texas Music Administrators Conference
Society for Ethnomusicology
BSA Chaplain Bay Area Council: Eagle Scout, Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII, Hornaday Award for Conservation, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, Scouter's Training Award, Varsity Scout Leader Letter, Scouter's Key, Cross of Saint George, Woodbadge (Fox patrol leader)


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