WELCOME TO WIN'S ATTIC!

 Update - Sept, 2010 - Win and Shery's home was nearly destroyed by a tornado in March, 2010. Everyone in the family was OK, but the Stephens were out of their home for several months, and Win calls that experience "a trip and a half".  You can read Win's account of it all in the guestbook, and here's a picture that appeared in the local newspaper:

                   

This newest page of the HCC Alumni site is courtesy of Win and Shery Stephens, who kindly dug through decades of stuff and sent me about 20 pounds worth of music, pictures, letters and newspaper clippings. You can find some of the material scattered throughout the site, but most of the real goodies are here in Win's attic!

At the bottom of this page, you will find a photo gallery filled with Win's pictures from his years with the Hendricks Chapel Choir.  But before we get to those...

Let's start at the very beginning... A very good place to start. 

 

Win was hired by SU in the Summer of 1977...

And "Winton" wasted no time getting right to work for Chapel Dean John McCombe...

Win was not only the Chapel's Director of Music, he was also an instructor in Crouse... 

  

Soon enough, the HCC was cooking under Winston...

 

And there was a tour...

And concerts at home in the Chapel...

In 1979, Win had an ambitious plan for a cross-country tour... But first, he had some spots to fill... 

 

He must have filled those spots somehow...  The tour went off without a hitch, and there was the Spring Concert as well!

In the fall of 1979, the choir was back singing pretty much on the first day of classes, because the University had asked for a performance at the opening Freshman Convocation.  I have vivid personal memories of this, because I was in the audience, and afterwards, I approached Winston, introduced myself and asked for an audition.  I was impressed with the choir - and so was Chancellor Melvin Eggers!

Win certainly kept busy - and not just with the choir... He had organ to play and teach as well! 

      

... and more concerts to prepare for... 

       

Winston was developing a close-knit relationship with his choir, but was it too close?  After an exhaustive investigation, Barb Seith (SU '80)  found evidence that Stephens was possibly forming a cult at Hendricks Chapel. 

The choir took its next big tour in 1981 to Florida.  But again - there was a challenge...

A full choir made it on the bus for the two-week trip south.  One of the choir's first tour stops was in Camp Hill, PA, home of choir organist Steve Williams... 

The choir, under Win's "sensitive and disciplined direction", received rave reviews in Florida...

The 1981-82 year would be Winston's last at SU... But it was not without adventure... The fire alarm went off at the Christmas Concert!

And the alarms prompted a memo from the Dean...

In the Spring, Winston conducted his final HCC concert, and invited former members to join the choir onstage to sing "Plenty Good Room" and "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"...

And now, as promised - here's the photo album from Win's Attic!  I'd suggest expanding the photo size for your viewing comfort!  Enjoy!