The Mortvedt Award is named for Robert Mortvedt, Bethany’s president from 1953 to 1958. Winners are nominated by their students and colleagues. The award includes a $1,000 individual grant and a $500 grant for the purchase of books or other educational materials.
“Melody has been front and center in working with all of the faculty and a large number of staff in completing the structure for the new general education,” said Provost and Dean of the College Kenneth M. Macur, Ph.D. “Her ability to bring differing perspectives together to forge a consensus was invaluable in getting the new curriculum approved so quickly. Beyond that, she is also known for her outstanding teaching, service to the college as its organist, and service to the music department as its co-chair.”
Melody Steed is an associate professor of music and co-chair of the music department. Her responsibilities include teaching organ and music theory, as well as serving as the chapel organist and coordinator of sacred music. She has been a key faculty member of the new education initiative Bethany Pathway, participating in its development from the beginning and team-teaching an interdisciplinary class last year for the pilot program.
Steed received her bachelor’s degree in organ performance from the University of Northern Iowa, master’s from the University of Cincinnati, and doctorate from the University of Southern California. She has studied organ with Marilou Kratzenstein, Jesse Eschbach, Roberta Gary, and Cherry Rhodes. Prior to Bethany, Steed was the organist at Westwood United Methodist Church. She has been a featured performer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists was a featured soloist for the National Public Radio 2006 program “Pipe Dreams Live!” Along with trumpeter Keith Benjamin, Steed also performs in the trumpet and organ duo, Clarion.