Biographical

Dr. Steven Monrotus was born in 1949 in Saint Louis.  When he was one year old his parents moved to Affton, Missouri, where he grew up.  Following graduation from the Affton public schools in 1967 he studied at Southern Illinois University and Washington University where he earned bachelor and doctoral degrees, respectively.  He worked as a trusted and respected doctor of dentistry in Missouri for 41 years until his retirement, was listed in the Guide To America's Top Dentists, taught part-time at Saint Louis Community College, and served on the courtesy staff of several hospitals.

Dr. Monrotus has given of his time to serving youth.  During the 7 years he was active with the Greater Saint Louis Council, B.S.A. he served as an assistant scoutmaster, unit commissioner, assistant district commissioner, and merit badge counselor in 12 separate skill areas.  He also served Missouri Job's Daughters and Missouri DeMolay for several years and received from the latter the Honorary Legion of Honor.  He is a member of several appendant Masonic and Trinitarian Christian organizations and has received several honors for his charitable work and community service.

As timing would have it Dr. Monrotus is the only Freemason in Missouri history to have served as Grand Musician/Organist for the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M., Grand Chapter R.A.M., Grand Council C.M., and Grand Commandery K.T. of Missouri, General Grand Chapter R.A.M.I., General Grand Council C.M.I., York Rite Sovereign College of North America, and the Provincial Grand Court for the United States of America, Masonic Order of Athelstan.  At the present time he serves in all eight of these offices, simultaneously.  He is also the first and only musician to have performed all five armed services songs/hymns as a tribute to American veterans during an annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri and at a triennial convocation of the General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons International.

Dr. Monrotus also serves as Principal Organist of the Saint Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral and holds memberships in the American Guild of Organists (A.G.O.), Saint Louis Theatre Organ Society, and American Composers Forum.  He is on the Panel of Advisors for the Committee on the New Organist (CONO) of the A.G.O., has performed at over 40 Masonic venues, and has written 5 major collections of compositions for Organ solo.  These relatively little known collections have been published online and archived in electronic form with several libraries.  CDs containing these scores along with their computer-generated audio clips are being offered as a gift in exchange for support (suggested donation $20) of the initiative for the perpetual preservation of the historic, one-of-a-kind, Saint Louis Kimball concert organ.  He is also the webmaster of OrganBench, an online conceptual learning blog for new organists offering a wealth of information, guidance, and encouragement.

It was his particularly good fortune to have studied the Organ privately outside his school district and colleges with Robert Thompson, Henri DeKiersgieter, Dr. Mario Salvador A.A.G.O., and John Weissrock.  His compositions are in various styles and pitched at all levels from beginner to advanced.  Ten of the pieces are for hands only and are playable on a melodeon (reed organ) or piano.  This Contemporary music was written with the sound of the historic 1924 Kimball symphonic concert organ of the Saint Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral in mind.  Some of his vocabulary is based upon the methods that Louis Vierne used, and 19 of the pieces are either stand alone fugues or fugues paired with a prelude of some sort.  Four voices moving in triple or quadruple counterpoint, long subjects, at least 2 countersubjects, relatively short episodes, and some bold moves are all part of the signature style of his fugue-writing.  

                        

The console of the historic Kimball concert organ of 144 stops, 51 ranks, 9 divisions, 3,907 pipes of the Saint Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral

REQUESTS FOR A DATA CD OF ALL OF HIS SCORES FOR ORGAN SOLO

(A $124 value, suggested donation $20)

MAY BE MADE TO:

SAINT LOUIS SCOTTISH RITE CATHEDRAL

3633 LINDELL BLVD.

SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI  63108

PHONE:  314 - 533 - 7410

EMAIL:  vgoede@scottishrite-stl.org

THIS MUSIC WAS WRITTEN FOR THIS INSTRUMENT