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Toneika Stephens is the current choral director of Providence Middle School. She has been part of the Providence Middle School family for the past six years.

Ms. Stephens is not a native Virginian. She’s originally from Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Ms. Stephens’s first musical loves are the piano and singing. She began playing the piano at the age of 7 and singing at 5 and continued both from childhood through college.

Ms. Stephens is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and holds a B.A. Degree in Music with a minor in education. Ms. Stephens taught one year of elementary music in Elizabeth City, NC before moving to Richmond VA. Once here in Richmond, Ms. Stephens taught elementary music, middle school chorus, and high school piano for 7 years with Richmond Public Schools. She is happy to currently be a part of Chesterfield County Public Schools and looks forward to teaching more students in the future.

The choral program at Providence Middle School focuses on creating a well rounded singer. Students learn music from various cultures, time periods, styles, and languages as well as perform throughout the school year. Students also learn basic music theory and must apply what they’ve learned in order to understand their music properly. In addition, chorus students complete one project each school year based on classical, jazz, or blues artists.