Anne Krentz Organ serves as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. She is also composer of many works of church music, particularly choral and piano. She has served as president of Region III of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Rebekah Schulz, AiM, holds a Bachelor of Music-Church Music degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). She is on the middle school choir faculty at the International Music Camp (on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota), serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Council of Churches, and teaches early childhood music in Nashua & Manchester, NH. A certified Kindermusik teacher, Rebekah is completing her certifications in Orff‐Schulwerk and Kodály music education philosophies from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). She has served congregations in Minnesota and Connecticut. While in Minnesota, Rebekah was the soprano section leader of the National Lutheran Choir (Minneapolis), interim conductor of the Treble Choir of the Northfield Youth Choirs (Northfield, MN), and adjunct faculty at Luther Seminary. She is a member of ALCM, AOSA, OAKE, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the Choristers Guild. She lives in Nashua, NH, with her husband, Rev. Matthew Tingler.
Bradley Ellingboe has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing, including accomplishments as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar and teacher. As a choral conductor he has led festival choruses in 38 states and 12 foreign countries. As a bass-baritone soloist he has sung under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. Ellingboe has over 110 pieces of music in print, including his largest work, the Requiem for chorus and orchestra, which made its Carnegie Hall debut with the composer conducting in 2010. For his scholarly work in making the songs of Edvard Grieg more accessible to the English-speaking public, he was knighted by the King of Norway in 1994. As a teacher, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association named him Faculty of the Year in 2008.
Craig Mueller has served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago since 1999. He has a master of divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC), a degree in music education from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in liturgical studies through the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program in Chicago. Publications include Soli Deo Gloria: Choir Devotions for Year A; preaching articles for Homily Service; and liturgical texts and materials for Augsburg Fortress. In addition, he was primary compiler for Indexes for Evangelical Lutheran Worship, which includes a list of hymns for each Sunday and festival in the church year. A member of ALCM, Mueller has led workshops on liturgy and spirituality, chaired worship committees for several national conferences, and for three summers served as chaplain for the Lutheran Summer Music Academy.
Dennis Friesen-Carper is Reddel Professor of Music at Valparaiso University where he conducts the Symphony, oratorio and theatrical works, and teaches composition. He is concurrently Principal Guest Conductor of the Wenqin Symphony Orchestra at Zhejiang University in China. He has served as Music Director for Indiana Opera North, the Pasadena Philharmonic, and the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony. Guest conducting appearances include the Jiangsu Symphony, the Zhejiang Symphony, South Bend Symphony, DuPage Symphony, the Elkhart Symphony and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Friesen-Carper has served congregations in the Mennonite, Disciples of Christ, and Lutheran denominations, and plays as a substitute keyboardist in worship at Valparaiso's Chapel of the Resurrection. His keyboard arrangments and compositions are published by both Mennonite and ELCA publishers. He has made presentations to national and regional meetings of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and led worship music with a mixed ensemble from Valpo at Jubilee 2000 in Chicago. He has also served as Village Musician many summers at Holden Village, Chelan, WA.
Edmund F. Tompkins has served as Minister of Music and Organist at Morning Star Lutheran Church (ELCA), in Matthews, North Carolina, since February 2004. Prior to this, Ed had served as Director of Music/Organist since 1981 in churches in Durham, NC; Nashville, TN; and Richmond, VA. Ed directs two adult vocal choirs, two inter-generational handbell choirs, and two instrumental ensembles as well as vocal and instrumental opportunities for children and youth. He is President and Assistant Director of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a new community bell group led by Artistic Director Tim Waugh. Ed is a graduate of Duke University and Scarritt Graduate School. Ed has served on the Area III American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Board of Directors and as president of the Charlotte Chapter Choristers Guild. He has conducted handbell festivals in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Virginia and Maryland and served on the handbell faculties at Montreat Conferences on Worship and Music, Massanetta Church Music Conference, and Lutheridge Music Week. He and his wife Judy and their two children live in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
Elissa Zoerb is the Customer Education Support Specialist at Augsburg Fortress and sparkhouse Publishers. She has over 15 years of experience in choral and instrumental ensembles, and music for ministry. Elissa has a degree in religion from Luther College.
Eric Vollen is the Marketing Manager for Worship, Music and Congregational Life at Augsburg Fortress, and leads a youth choir at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He lives in St. Paul’s Highland Park.
James Hild is the director of music and organist at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Besides his organ and choir directing duties, Jim directs and plays in the church’s resident brass ensemble. Jim holds music degrees from Jamestown College, and the University of Minnesota. Additional study has been with Harald Vogel (organ), Helmuth Rilling (choral and orchestral) and David Baldwin (trumpet).
Jeff Doebler serves as professor of music and director of music education and bands at Valparaiso University. He is also conductor of the concert band and handbell choirs for Lutheran Summer Music.
Jeff has been a church musician since sixth grade, and has served professionally as a church music director, brass soloist, and conductor of church ensembles, including: choir, handbell choir, concert band, Dixieland band, brass choir, and woodwind choir.
Dr. Doebler earned three degrees in music education: B.A.-Luther College, M.M.-Valparaiso University, and Ph.D.-University of Minnesota. Before coming to Valparaiso University, he served as a school music teacher and church musician in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and Shakopee, Minnesota. Dr. Doebler is president-elect of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, and state editor and former president of the Indiana Music Educators Association.
Jennifer Baker-Trinity is a church musician and Associate in Ministry who has served congregations in Illinois, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. She has been a regular contributor to Sundays and Seasons (Prayers of Intercession, Hymns for Worship) and has authored Soli Deo Gloria: Choir Devotions for Year B (Augsburg Fortress, 2011). She leads assembly song at Beaver Lutheran Church (Beaver Springs, PA) and lives with her spouse and three children in Middleburg, Pennsylvania.
John Allegar is the Organist and Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. He is currently finishing his DMA at the Eastman School of Music, where he has been a student of David Higgs and William Porter. He holds degrees from Yale University, under the tutelage of Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart, and Valparaiso University, under Karel Paukert and Lorraine Brugh.
John D. Jahr is Director of Worship and Music at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN. John has an undergraduate degree in music from Concordia College, Moorhead MN, and a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and is a Certified Children’s Choir Director through Chorister’s Guild. John has served churches in Fargo, ND, the Twin Cities, and the Dallas TX area. John also directs the West Central Singers, a community chorus, and is on the teaching faculty of the Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM).
John Paulson graduated with a BA in Music from Luther College in 1991 and earned his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Boston University in 1998. He currently serves as Music Director/Choir Conductor at University Lutheran in Cambridge, MA, a position he has held since 2003. His additional conducting/teaching experience includes time as the Assistant Choir Conductor at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, Interim Head of Choral Activities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Adjunct Faculty in Music at Lesley University and Visiting Music Instructor at Boston College. John currently lives in Boston where he and his wife Brenna Wells work hard to keep up with their two year old son Rowan.
Jonathan Busarow is the Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir. Prior to his appointment with the FWCC, he served as director of the Valparaiso University Men’s Choir and instructor of voice and as the sabbatical replacement for his mentor, Dr. Christopher M. Cock. Jonathan is in frequent demand as a clinician and as a soloist. He has served as a graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University and has worked at several churches in Ohio and Indiana.
Karol Kinard Kimmell, a life-long Lutheran, is Director of Youth & Children's Music at All Saints' Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta, directing four singing choirs (PreK - 12th grade) and three ringing choirs (4th grade - Adults). Karol serves as co-director and clinician at the summer music experience, Lutheridge (NC) Music Week (20 years). She serves on the faculty of the Choristers Guild Institute, a 3-year certification program for children's church choral directors, and has recently accepted the co-director's position for the CG Institute. Karol was on the task force and faculty for ALCM's Young Lutherans Sing. She attended Wittenberg University and Lenoir-Rhyne University, graduating from LRU with a music education degree/organ. She sang in the NYC Riverside Church Choir in the 1980's and the Atlanta Bach Choir and Atlanta's Baroque Camarati in the 1990's. She received training in Orff Schulwerk, KinderMusic, and Rhythmically Moving. Karol has presented for GA ACDA, ALCM, Augsburg Fortress, and Choristers Guild, directed the NC All State Elementary Chorus (2009), and led children's choirs at various summer music camps: Massanetta Springs, Lutheridge, Bonclarken, and Mabel Boyter Choir Camp.
Kevin Barger has served as the Director of Music Ministry at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, since 1997. At Epiphany, he has responsibility for serving as the church's organist as well as leading adult and children's vocal choirs, adult handbells, brass and wind/string ensembles, and youth music activities. In addition to his work at Epiphany, Kevin is involved in the Virginia Leadership Program for Musicians as a board and faculty member teaching Philosophy of Church Music and Leadership of Congregational Song.
Larry J. Long is Organist & Choirmaster at the Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal) in New York City. Previously in Chicago, for 25 years he served as musician in several ELCA parishes and at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Linda Cable Shute is a free lance composer who has served as music director throughout the southeast. Currently she has over 100 works with six major publishers. Her works have been performed by professional, college and church choirs in the USA and abroad.
Linda Kempke is a retired Associate in Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and currently Region 1 President of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She is the cantor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brooklyn, OH. Linda holds degrees from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Berea, OH and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH.
Luke Tegtmeier holds Church Music degrees from Valparaiso University and Luther Seminary, and works for Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, MN, where he directs five ensembles. Though a life-long Lutheran, he has strong Anglican tendencies, as may be seen in his musical recommendations.
Mark Jensen is Worship and Music Support Specialist at Augsburg Fortress and is a member of Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and lives in St. Paul.
Mark Mummert is Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas. He was Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1990 through 2008 and is a composer of Holy Communion Setting One in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. He served as editor of Psalm Settings for the Church Year (Augsburg Fortress, 2008) and Music Sourcebook for Lent and the Three Days (Augsburg Fortress, 2010).
Dr. Mark Patterson is a nationally acclaimed composer, conductor and teacher. He is the Director of Music at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia, where he leads a comprehensive music program for adults, youth and children. Mark received his PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University and Master of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
He is frequently invited to conduct honor choirs and choral festivals across the United States and is often asked to lead workshops for choral directors. Dr. Patterson’s compositions comprise a rich variety of styles for the sanctuary and the concert hall. Currently he has over 200 choral works in print as well as a solo piano collection, various musicals and choral compilations, and several volumes of vocal solos. Mark has been a consistent winner of the ASCAP Award in Composition for over ten years.
Mark is currently Minister of Music at Woodbury Lutheran Church. He holds a B.A. degree in Music Education and resides in Woodbury, MN.
Mark Sperle-Weiler works at Augsburg Fortress as Senior Project Manager--Music in the Worship and Music Department, with many years of experience as an instrumentalist and choral leader.
Dr. Melissa Plamann was appointed university organist and assistant professor of music at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music in 2010; she also serves as organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in OKC. Plamann holds degrees in organ performance from Valparaiso University and Emory University, and she was awarded her DMA from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she studied with Drs. Larry Smith and Chris Young. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century works, and she especially enjoys collaborative performances.
Michael Krentz is Director of Music Ministries/Seminary Cantor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he coordinates music in the Chapel, directs the Seminary Choir, and teaches courses in church music. In addition Michael is Director of Music and Organist at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
In addition to serving as Prelude Project Manager/"Content Queen," I've served in various roles as a church musician throughout in my life--Saint Paul Area Synod Youth Representative, Augsburg College Choir Alto Section Leader and Campus Ministry Leadership, National Lutheran Choir Member (during Larry Fleming's time), ELCA pastor (internship Gloria Dei Lutheran, Williston, ND, called to First Lutheran, Janesville, WI), Middle School Choir director and Worship/Praise Band Singer (United Lutheran, Red Wing, MN), occasional Sundays and Seasons contributor/Augsburg Fortress Gospel Devotional writer, and last but most significant vocation: mother to three young musicians--twin girls plus younger sister.
Nancy Raabe is a composer, author, and church musician who lives with her husband, Bill, in Bexley, Ohio. Their children Margaret and Martin attend the College of Wooster and St. Olaf College. A graduate of Pomona College and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Nancy serves as Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Paul Friesen-Carper is the Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond, Michigan where he shares his love of leading the worshipping assembly in song – from folk to baroque and from ancient latin to latin-american – and frequently leads assembly song at Synod and Churchwide Assemblies. His compositions include liturgical settings, songs for choir and assembly, and commissions from the ELCA Division for Worship and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Paul performs as a guitarist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and holds degrees in music (Valparaiso University) and theology (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago).
With degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Ronald A. Nelson served for 37 years as Director of Music at Westwood Lutheran Church in suburban Minneapolis, where he has been named Cantor Emeritus and now serves as a choir member. In 1999 he was one of 50 composers chosen to write music for the "Continental Harmony" project of the American Composers Forum and National Endowment for the Arts to celebrate the new millennium. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Olaf College, the F. Melius Christiansen Award from the Minnesota ACDA, and the Faithful Servant Award from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Ryan K. Hostler serves as Minister of Music at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach FL. At Our Savior Ryan oversees all aspects of worship and liturgy planning as well as children's and adult choirs. He is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a lifelong Lutheran church musician and liturgy enthusiast.
Sarah J. Hawbecker is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Eastman School of Music. Since 1996, she has served as Organist and Director of Children's Music at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, GA, overseeing a program of two children's choirs, three handbell choirs, a summer music camp, and a concert series. She has performed for and presented workshops at regional and national gatherings of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and of the American Guild of Organists, and has served as adjudicator for several organ competitions.
Tim Getz is Director of Music and Organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, California. He has long experience with adult, children's, and handbell choirs, and an abiding love for assembly song. His broad ecumenical outlook comes from having served Lutheran, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist congregations and schools in California, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Tom Leeseberg-Lange is in his 14th year as Director of Music Ministry at First Ev. Lutheran Church, Ellicott City, Maryland. Previously he served Lutheran congregations in Indiana and Missouri dating back to 1971. He followed Philip Gehring as editor of CrossAccent, the Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and served as ALCM Administrator from 1997-2007.
Travis Beck currently serves as Worship & Music Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, Iowa and as adjunct faculty at Waldorf College, also in Forest City. He earned a B.A. in Church Music from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) and a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). In addition to planning worship and directing choirs, he is an active performer in the community, accompanying for contests and performances and playing jazz and blues in local bands.
Valerie Hess is a musician, instructor in Spring Arbor University’s Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership (MSFL) program, and an author. Her writing and speaking primarily focus on issues related to spiritual formation through music and through the spiritual disciplines. She has been involved with Renovare, the small group movement that grew out of Richard Foster's book, Celebration of Discipline, for twenty years.
Valerie received her Masters in Church Music and Organ from Valparaiso University. She has a B.A. in Music and Psychology from Metropolitan State College in Denver. She is currently the Coordinator of Music Ministries for Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder. Additionally, she is a music reviewer for the American Recorder Society.
Valerie Lefever Hughes has served as Cantor to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina since 2007. There she leads worship and directs choirs for the congregation and for the Lutheran Campus Ministry to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Valerie holds the Bachelor of Music (Church Music) degree from Valparaiso University and the Master of Arts in Religion (Liturgy & Music) from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is a Column Manager for Prelude Music Planner.
Dr. Victor E. Gebauer, a Lutheran pastor, is Professor emeritus of Theology and Music, Concordia University, Saint Paul, and past Executive Director of Lutheran Summer Music. He has edited a number of journals and newsletters (including the ALCM's "Grace Notes") and authored articles for such periodicals as Church Music, Response, Cross Accent, and The Hymn.
Zebulon M. Highben is a conductor-educator, composer, and church musician. Currently Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University (New Concord, OH), he previously taught at Luther Seminary and the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and served Lutheran and Presbyterian parishes in Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota. Since 2005 he has been the Paul Bouman Chapel Choir Director at the annual Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival. His compositions are frequently performed by church, school, and community ensembles, and are published by Augsburg Fortress, Boosey & Hawkes, GIA Publications, and MorningStar Music. Highben studied at Ohio State University (B.M.E.), Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College (M.S.M.), Michigan State University (D.M.A.), and is a rostered Associate in Ministry in the ELCA.