Biography


Hi!  Thanks for visiting my website.  My name is Stephen Craig Marcy.  Here is a summary biography divided into sections that include my professional trade, academic education, teaching and ministry experiences, and a personal profile. I hope that these will help you to know me better, add context to my writings and give you a clearer picture of the person behind the scenes of this website.


Professional Trade

Franz Mohr, Former Steinway Chief Concert Technician

Steve is a Steinway trained concert piano technician.  He began his career in 1977 as an apprentice in the Steinway Concert & Artist Department housed in the famed “Steinway basement” at Steinway Hall on 57th street in Manhattan.

Vladimir Horowitz in the Concert & Artist “Steinway Basement”

Steve was part of a team of four technicians tasked with the preparation, regulation, and tuning of the concert stock of Steinway grand pianos. These pianos were used by world renowned artists such as Vladimir Horowitz, Rudolph Serkin, Glenn Gould, Alicia de Larrocha, Claudio Arrau, Eugene Istomin, et al. for performances in Carnegie Hall, the Carnegie Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Broadway Theaters and other major music venues throughout New York City.

Steve also worked as a Steinway Retail Service Technician, tuning and regulating pianos in private residences in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Rim Bending at the Steinway Factory

As the Steinway National Service Manager working from the Steinway factory in Long Island City, New York, Steve was responsible for assessing and remedying warranty issues nation-wide.  In this capacity he also gave factory tours and taught Steinway technical seminars at the national Piano Technicians Guild conventions in Long Beach, CA and Kansas City, MO.

Working for the Steinway Factory Quality-Control Department required detailed examination of new instruments for retail sales, and as Administrator of Technical Training at Steinway Hall in New York, he trained technicians in proper tuning and regulation procedures.

Steinway Model D

In the Charlotte area where he resides, Steve regulated and tuned for a performance by Andre Watts with the Charlotte Symphony. Other venues he has tuned at include the Halton Theater, McGlohon Theatre and the Bechtler Museum. He has also regulated and tuned the Steinway concert grands at Queens University, Davidson College and Winthrop University.

For a time Steve was also employed as the campus piano technician at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois, his alma mater from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts and two Master of Arts degrees.


Formal Academic Education

Wheaton College

Steve is a three time graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and a theologian by education.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies (‘83), a Master of Arts degree in New Testament Theology (‘88), and a Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with majors in Old Testament Theology and Educational Ministries (‘97).

He also attended the Wheaton in the Holy Lands Program consisting of intensive studies in biblical archaeology, the geography of Israel, Old Testament history and six weeks of travel and study in Israel, Greece and Italy.

During graduate school, Steve provided leadership assistance on a trip to Washington, D.C. for International Graduate Students. The trip gave these students opportunity to learn, dialogue and debate about the unique history, foundations and functions of American Government.


Teaching and Ministry Experience

Steve’s experiences in this regard have been quite diverse.

In the churches he attended he has taught many Adult Bible classes. These included the following book studies – the Gospel of Luke, Romans, Philippians, Job, Proverbs, Genesis and the Gospel of John. Topical studies included – “The Coming of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies on the Kingdom of God”; “The Doctrine of Scripture: Inspiration, Inerrancy, Authority, Text Criticism, and Translations” and a “Christ or Culture” course – a curriculum Steve developed consisting of the following topics: Biblical Foundations of Culture, Worldliness, Practical Atheism, Politics & Economics, Feminism & Marriage, Issues of Personhood and Radical Discipleship.

Empire State Building

Steve was an instructor in the Center for Adult Leadership and Learning at The King’s College in New York City, New York.  This is an interdisciplinary program allowing adult students to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management.  Steve taught the Judeo-Christian Values in the Workplace course at their Empire State Building campus.

Steve was also a Residence Director at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He supervised a college dormitory of 150 students and was responsible for overseeing the physical and financial administration of the building as well as the educational and spiritual development of 7 staff members and the students which included counseling, discipline, and activity programming.

He was also the Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Program at The Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, New York.  He compiled, documented, and submitted philosophy and practice proposals for future Outdoor Adventure programs and assisted in teaching group initiatives and ropes course activities.   

At The Summit School in Forest Hills, New York, Steve was a Special Education Industrial Arts Instructor.  He organized and managed a fully equipped woodshop, developed and taught a woodworking curriculum to special education student which included drafting, construction of projects, and safe use of hand and power tools.

For two years Steve taught World History, American Government and Economics, Old Testament History and Woodworking to Junior High School students at the Smithtown Christian School in Smithtown, New York.

Honey Rock Camp

And being that he loves the outdoors he took the opportunity to work at Honey Rock Camp – the Northwoods Campus of Wheaton College in Three Lakes, Wisconsin.  Steve was the Summer Leadership School and Boys Camp Director (’89).  He coordinated and supervised the total operation of the summer boy’s camp program – recruiting and training college students for Christian leadership and ministry to youth in the context of a residential boy’s camp program, modeling Christian character and leadership, facilitating group dynamics, providing leadership opportunities and teaching college-level coursework in camp ministry, camp programming, leadership development and wilderness skills.


Personal Information

Stephen was born on June 16, 1959 and raised in Queens Village in New York City.  He has an older brother and younger sister.  They all had a fine evangelical Christian upbringing with parents that cared about both their physical and spiritual well-being.  The whole family went to church together every Sunday.  Throughout the years, Steve attended Assembly of God, Arminian and Reformed Baptist, Evangelical Free, Charismatic Episcopal and Orthodox Presbyterian churches in New York City and on Long Island.

Mom and Pop at “So-Big” Preschool

Steve’s parents, George and Claire, made their home a place of warmth, tranquility and fun times.  It was a secure and pleasant place to live and grow.  Steve’s mom was a caring, diligent mother and wife, and an excellent cook. Plenty of macaroni and meatballs was a tradition. After we children were grown, Mom founded and directed a very successful Christian nursery school for 25 years.  It is still a thriving school today.  Steve’s father was a kind, gentle, quiet and contented man. He faithfully provided for our family day after day as a union iron worker.  Through cold and rain he uttered not a word of complaint.  He worked on many prominent New York landmarks.  When times were slow he ran his own business as a handyman.  He could do almost anything. My parents, who were always content with life, found joy in welcoming friends and family into our home for good food and a good time. And from their modest home, with the covered patio, swimming pool and lawn in the back yard, “Marcy Park” was open almost all year round serving Maxwell House coffee, Entenmann’s cake and sunflower seeds. In those years snow was common – and lots of it. It was then that we spend hours in our winter wonderland building snowmen, “forts” and having snowball fights.

Heidi

Steve has been married to his lovely and wonderful wife, Heidi, since 1998.  They met at the New Hyde Park Baptist Church in New York. Heidi is a very caring and compassionate person. She is a graduate of Bob Jones University and has a professional career as a human resources director in a prominent, world-wide accounting firm where she has faithfully worked for 37 years.  We both grew up in Queens, NY and have lived in Floral Park and South Huntington on Long Island, in South Carolina and presently in Marvin, North Carolina.

What Steve enjoys most is reading, studying and writing on theology.  At different times in his life he has played the piano, guitar, banjo, and violin.  He enjoys bluegrass music.

Steve has always loved being by the ocean.  He helped his grandfather resurrect a 16 ft. motor boat in which they cruised around New York Harbor seeing the sites.  He also has woodworking skills and rebuilt the mahogany flying bridge on a friend’s yacht. He also worked in a Port Washington, NY marina as a yacht technician.  There he spent many pleasant summer days repairing and installing equipment on sailing yachts.

Steve has other skills like auto mechanics (in the days you could work on your own car), painting and wallpapering.

He loves the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has tried his hand at oil painting.

Steve has traveled to Israel, Greece, Italy, England, Scotland and Canada.  In his younger, heartier days he enjoyed backpacking with friends and family.  He has been to the Grand Canyon three times, hiking both the South Rim and down to the Colorado River. Steve climbed Long’s Peak (14,259 ft.) in the Rocky Mountain National Park, hiked and canoed throughout the Northwoods of Wisconsin, climbed Mt. Marcy (5,344 ft.), the highest peak in the Adirondack Mountains, skied the Catskill Mountains and hiked up Slide Mt. (4,180 ft.).  Steve also climbed to the peak of Ben Nevis (4,413 ft.), the highest peak in the British Isles in Scotland’s Grampian Mountain Range.


Of course much more could be said, but that’s enough for now.  I hope this provides some context to what you read on my site. Thanks again for visiting!


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