Stephen L. Gage has served as instrumental music coordinator, professor of conducting, and director of bands at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music since 1993. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois, the Eastman School of Music, and State University of New York at Fredonia. He has studied conducting with Harry John Brown, Donald Hunsberger, David Effron, Roy Ernst, James Keene, H. Robert Reynolds, and Paul Vermel. He is the Edward Zacharias Memorial chair/conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra and began serving as assistant conductor of the Dana Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Stephen Gage has written numerous publications on conducting, rehearsal techniques, and literature, and is an active wind band and orchestral guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of international repute.