Right Worshipful Brother Dr. Steven Monrotus was born in 1949 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Before he was a year old his parents moved to Affton, Missouri, and he entered the Affton public schools at the age of four. Following graduation from Affton high school he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a Doctoral degree from Washington University School of Dental Medicine. He worked as a trusted and respected Doctor of dentistry in Missouri for 41 years until his retirement in 2016, was listed in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists, taught pharmacology and clinical dental hygiene part-time at Saint Louis Community College for four years, and served on the courtesy staff of several hospitals.
He married Barbara Joan Herzog in 1973 and they have been blessed with four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. During the seven years he served the Saint Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America as an assistant scoutmaster, unit commissioner, and assistant district commissioner he counseled seventy-four merit badges in twelve skill areas for thirty-three boys. His work with Scouting made a difference in the life of a boy many times over, two of which were his own sons who became Eagle Scouts. He also served DeMolay and Job’s Daughters for several years and received the Honorary Legion of Honor.
Dr. Monrotus is a twenty-six year endowed member of Saint Francois Lodge No. 234 in Libertyville and served his Lodge as Master in 1999, the same year it was privileged to receive the Grand Lodge Masonic Service Award. He belongs to the Truman Club, holds memberships in a number of appendant Masonic organizations, received the 33rd degree and Order of the Purple Cross, served as Grand High Priest of Missouri in 2011-2012, and was recognized with the Knight York Grand Cross of Honor. He is responsible for implementing the first Grand Master’s Royal Arch Class in Missouri history and for requesting Missouri fraternal recognition for the Masonic Order of Athelstan. He was selected for the Missouri Cryptic Mason of the Year Award, was awarded a Silver Medal for distinguished service by the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International, and is the first recipient in Missouri history to receive the Ephraim Kirby Award.
It was his unusually good fortune, beginning at the age of thirteen, to have studied the organ outside his school district with some very inspiring teachers, four in number, who shaped his development as an organist. His progress with organ playing was rapid during this time and continued through his college years. While he was still in graduate school and for several years afterwards he served as the organist for his church, never missing a weekly worship service or day of obligation. Having performed at over forty Masonic venues to date, he’s become one of the most experienced fraternal organists in North America. He currently serves as Principal Organist and Director of Music at the Saint Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral and is the author of OrganBench, an online conceptual learning blog. This web site is a treasure trove of coaching, instruction, and encouragement for any brethren who may be entertaining the idea of learning to provide live keyboard music for his Lodge. In past years he has supplied the musical accompaniment for Grand Lodge annual communications and Grand Master’s Consecration Breakfasts, four times each, and he’s humbled and honored to be granted the privilege of serving as Missouri’s first Grand Musician.
Dr. Monrotus has also served for several years as the first Provincial Grand Organist of the United States of America for the Masonic Order of Athelstan. He is the only Freemason in Missouri history to have served in these two Primus offices. As timing would have it, he’s also the only 8 Star Organist in Missouri Masonic history, as he also currently serves as Grand Musician/Organist for the Royal Arch Grand Chapter, Cryptic Grand Council, Knight Templar Grand Commandery, General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International, General Grand Council Cryptic Masons International, and York Rite Sovereign College of North America, simultaneously. He holds memberships in the Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and American Composers Forum and has written thirty original compositions for the organ. These are concert pieces which may be used for Masonic ceremonials and work, recitals, worship services, or instruction, and have been grouped into four major collections with a fifth currently under construction. Any portion of royalties due the composer for the sale of these scores are being donated to charity, and all of them are being placed on deposit in electronic form with the Missouri Grand Lodge Masonic Library for the use of any interested brethren.