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Vernon H. Stinebaugh
1953 - 1959, 1960 - 1965

Vernon StinebaughVernon H. Stinebaugh was a member of the Music Faculty at Manchester College from 1946 to 1977, teaching strings, music theory, and music education. He was a charter member of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra when he was a student, was conductor of the orchestra from 1953 to 1965, and served as concertmaster.

He organized and directed the Manchester String Festivals, which were known both statewide and nationally. The Festivals featured the appearances of eminent conductors as Arthur Fiedler (in 1959) of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and Vaclav Nelhybel (in 1971), known internationally as a composer and conductor.  For the 25th anniversary concert in 1971, Maestro Nelhybel composed "Danza" and dedicated it to "Professor Vernon H. Stinebaugh and the Manchester University String Festivals."  Over 4,100 students from area schools and surrounding states participated in the Festivals over their history, and Maestros Fiedler and Nelhybel said these events were the largest orchestras they had ever conducted, anywhere in the world, routinely assembling 200-300 students on stage at one time.

Mr. Stinebaugh received his Bachelor's degree at Sherwood Conservatory, Columbia College, Chicago, his A.B. degree at the University of Dayton, and his Masters degree at Northwestern University.  He took one year away from Manchester in order to complete his Doctoral courses at Northwestern.  During the summers of 1972-1979, he toured Europe as conductor of an orchestra performing jointly with Varner Chance, director of the "Sounds of Hope" choir.

Professor Stinebaugh was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for twenty-four years, and also part-time pastor of the South Whitley Church of the Brethren for twenty-three years.  Before retiring from Manchester College, he taught at Grace College for ten years, organized the Warsaw Youth Orchestra, and was Concertmaster and co-founder of the Grace College Symphony.

After retiring to Pennsylvania, in 1993, Mr. Stinebaugh continued to teach privately, as well as give recitals with his own string ensemble.  He is currently enjoying retirement in Lancaster, PA, with his wife, Angela.