First, he came to Union as a high school student for music festivals. Then he came to Union as a music major. Since then, he’s been bringing high school students to campus each year for their own music festival experience. And now, he’s returning as Union’s newest music teacher. Few people have as complete a perspective on what music means to Union College as Steven Hutchison. Whether it’s in worship, celebration or recruiting, he understands the instrumental role music plays in Union’s campus life because he has lived it from all sides.
Hutchison graduated from Union College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and Spanish. He later earned his master’s in music education from the University of Kansas in 2016. He previously taught K-12 music at Midland Adventist Academy for 11 years and served as vice principal for five years. He comes to Union alongside his wife, Alejandra, who is the new reference and instruction librarian.
“Coming back to Union wasn’t in my original plans, but the timing of this opportunity made me think it was more of a God thing,” Hutchison said. “What attracted me to the job was the opportunity to work with college students and be a mentor to them. It’s a very unique opportunity.”
Outside of music, Hutchison is a jack of all trades. “I love to learn new things,” he said. “My hobbies range from woodworking to Web development to cooking.” Hutchison is also fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience in interpretation and translation for Spanish-speaking families.
“One of my goals here is to bring the best out of my students,” he said. “Another is to bring glory to God in my position. I hope I can keep setting goals as time goes on and as I get to know the department.”
With the personal experience and love of learning Hutchison brings to the table, it will be no surprise when these qualities are reflected in the instrumental music program.
by Evan Majors, junior English and communication major