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Alumni Spotlight Morgen Steigler

Fall/Winter 2013

Almost ten years ago, Morgen Stiegler, TU Class of 2004, chose Tiffin University because it was close to home and she was awarded a music scholarship. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts/humanities from TU and works a job she loves…she is a professional jazz and pop singer and teaches ethnomusicology and vocal jazz at BGSU.

When asked what she loves most about her work, Morgen said, “I love being re-immersed in music on a professional level in a way that is completely joyous. I could not be any luckier than I am, because I get to do what I love most in a genuine way with fantastic musicians.” Her greatest accomplishment by far, according to Morgen, is her family. “I would not be where I am without their love and support.”

Morgen’s TU Experience “I am still inspired by the classes I took with Miriam Fankhauser, Lisa Kirchner, and Phyllis Watts. They really shaped how I saw the world in such a positive way. The most touching part is, they still keep in touch and come to my shows on a regular basis. These women taught me what being a compassionate and caring educator really is. I think of them regularly whenever I am given the opportunity to connect with a student in a personal and positive way.”

Morgen’s Professional Accomplishments Morgen released an album called “Reaching for the Moon” in 2011, and has two more albums that will be released next year. “In July, I was featured in the British fashion magazine, “Vintage Life” for my music and 1940’s and 50’s pinup style,” she said. She recently started a retro rock band called, “The Pinup Project,” that puts a retro twist on current and standard rock, pop, original and rockabilly tunes.

Is there something no one knows about you? “I had horrible stage fright until I was 24 years old. Kim Nazarian of the New York Voices took me on a life changing musical journey and not only helped me to get rid of my stage fright, but also inspired me with a whole new perspective on music making and my role as a musician.”

If you could make a difference in the world, what would you do and why? “My biggest goal as a performer is to be a vessel for the lyrics–to embody them, to be a storyteller and hopefully connect and affect at least one person in a positive way with each performance,” she explained. “Music can be used in both good and bad ways, as it has throughout history. My goal is to use it in a good and genuine way. Otherwise, I have no reason to be on stage.”