Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church

Director of Music Ministries 

Minister Iris Stevenson-McCullough

Professor Stevenson, a major artistic force in Los Angeles, has dedicated her life to nurturing urban youth. A gifted composer, concert pianist, educator, evangelist, music consultant, and vocal coach, she has trained and inspired thousands of singers and musicians over the years. Iris Stevenson attended Villa Maria Institute of Music, one of America’s finest Fine Arts schools in Buffalo, New York. She continued on to Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as student and teacher. She taught at Canisius College in New York, while receiving her Master's of Fine Arts in Pedagogy from State University of New York at Buffalo. Iris was recruited by the Los Angeles Unified School District to teach at Crenshaw High School in 1985. The school has since honored her with the dedication of the Iris Stevenson Music Wing. Simultaneously in 2001, President Jacques Chirac and the Ministry of Education of France commemorated the global work of Professor Stevenson by re-naming their Fine Arts building in Tarare, France. In December 1993, the world celebrated the widely anticipated movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, starring Whoopi Goldberg. This movie was inspired by the life and music of Iris Stevenson and the Crenshaw High School Elite Choir. Her recently released documentaries include “Rappin’ with Shakespeare”, “I Am Because We Are” with Madonna & the people of Malawi and “The Angel’s Flight” with Wataru Ezaki & Fujisankei Television. Under her direction, the award-winning Crenshaw Elite Choir has performed Command performances at the private residences of Prince Charles at St. James’s Palace of London,England ; the Royal Grimaldi Family of Prince Rainier in Monaco; the Dalai Lama, and numerous Heads-of-State around the world including China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. They have performed regularly as Artists at several renowned Worldwide Music & Jazz Festivals, including Antibes, Nice & Jamaica. Her untiring devotion to excellence in education, character building, performance, and all-around academics has lead to  superior achievement of the Crenshaw High School Elite Choir - winners of the International Choir Olympics Competition in Busan, Korea (2002), World Choir Games in Xiamen, China,(2006),and Graz, Austria (2008) bringing home the champion Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals.
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