This team of presenters will lead group learning sessions on the many topics related to effective leadership of the church’s song. Participants will complete a survey as part of the registration process to help the organizers make group learning assignments. Some of these presenters will present brief short, concentrated plenary talks throughout the event.
Jennifer Baker-Trinity – Jennifer Baker-Trinity, deacon, serves as program director for resource development, a shared position between the ELCA (Office of the Presiding Bishop) and Augsburg Fortress. In this position, she attends to developing and teaching about resources that support the church’s worship. Jennifer completed her studies at Valparaiso University (BM in church music) and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (MAR, STM). She has served as a church musician in congregations in Illinois, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Jennifer also currently serves as co-director of the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University. She has been active as conference chair and regional president of ALCM, and she is a proud alum of Lutheran Summer Music (’92–’94). She lives in Shoreview, MN, with her spouse, Nathan (also an LSM alum), and their children Thomas, Luke, and Miriam.
Chad Fothergill – Chad Fothergill is the Regina Holmen Fryxell and Patricia Schad Leege Organ and Church Music Chair for the 2018 Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival at Valparaiso University. He holds a university fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, where his dissertation research examines Lutheran music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, particularly the role of the Kantor. Chad is a frequent contributor to ALCM and ELCA worship planning resources and has served congregations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
Kip Fox – Kip Fox and his wife, Michelle, reside in Scottsdale, AZ. As a nationally recognized songwriter and worship leader, Kip has traveled the country extensively, teaching his songs and leading worship for churches and gatherings of every shape and size. He has also had the honor of seeing many artists record his songs. After over 15 years of experience in ministry, his greatest joy continues to be writing and teaching new songs to his congregation, encouraging them to see the grace of God in new ways. He currently serves as a director of parish music at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ. To hear more, visit kipfox.com.
Paul Friesen-Carper – Paul Friesen-Carper is a musician and songleader for the church. He uses guitar and other string instruments to help the assembly sing vibrantly in varied situations. Paul has led song across a wide range of styles at national and regional church gatherings. His songs for assembly have been commissioned by the ELCA Division for Worship, the ELCA Southeast Pennsylvania Synod, and various churches. His music for assembly, including orchestrations of ELW Holy Communion settings 6 and 8, is published by Augsburg Fortress. He can often be found immersing himself in American and Celtic folk traditions of collaborative music-making and bringing these sensibilities to his work with the Christian assembly.
Robert A. Hobby – Robert Hobby is director of music at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, where his responsibilities include playing for many of the worship services, overseeing the graded choral program, and managing the concerts that the church offers. Bob received his bachelor’s degree in church music from Wittenberg University in 1985 and a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. An honorary Doctor of Music degree was conferred on him by Wittenberg University at its commencement in 2014. As a performer and clinician, Bob keeps an active schedule throughout the United States. In addition to being an ALCM member, he is a member of a number of professional music organizations and has held a variety of leadership positions. Bob and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of three daughters: Hannah, Lydia, and Elizabeth.
Sunghee Kim – Dr. Sunghee Kim serves as visiting assistant professor of music and interim director of Chapel music at Valparaiso University, where she teaches organ and piano lessons and organ-related courses. She also holds positions as university organist and conductor of the University Kantorei. Prior to her work at Valparaiso University, she served in a faculty appointment at Pennsylvania State University at Abington and as director of music at Concordia Lutheran Church in Wilmington, DE. An accomplished organist, Sunghee is a former first-prize winner in the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition. She holds degrees from Indiana University and University of North Texas.
Karol Kinard Kimmell – Karol serves since 1998 as director of youth & children’s music at All Saints’ Episcopal, Atlanta, GA, where she has developed and directs a graded choir program for PreK-12th graders, singing and ringing choirs. She also serves as co-director/faculty for Lutheridge Music Week, Arden, NC, and the Choristers Guild Institute. Karol presents and conducts at conferences, festivals and summer camps for publishing, choral, and denominational organizations, including: Lake Junaluska, Bonclarken, Massanetta, ALCM Region 1 2016 conference, and the First Plymouth Choral Festival, Lincoln, NE. She studied at Wittenberg and Lenoir-Rhyne Universities receiving BME (organ) from LRU and is certified in Orff and Kindermusik. She has served in Lutheran, Episcopal and Presbyterian congregations as organist and choir director.
Anne Krentz Organ – Anne Krentz Organ serves as the director of music ministries at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL. Her responsibilities include worship planning, service playing, and the direction of the choral and instrumental music program, which includes adult, youth, and children’s choirs, a handbell choir, and a variety of instrumental ensembles. Anne holds degrees from Valparaiso University, the University of Illinois, and Concordia University Chicago. Her choral, handbell, organ, and piano compositions are published by Abingdon Press, Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, Hope Publishing Company, and MorningStar Music. Anne is a past president of ALCM.
John Paradowski – John Paradowski serves as music minister and organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, WI, where he oversees a wide range of musical activities, including graded vocal and handbell choirs. John has led sessions in creative church music, hymnody, and repertoire at many workshops. He was guest lecturer on the topic “Handbells in Worship” at an ALCM national conference. He is published by Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, and Hal Leonard. His work has also appeared in Overtones, the journal of the Handbell Musicians of America, and The Chorister, the journal for the Choristers Guild.
Chanda Rule – Musician, writer, and sacred community curator Chanda Rule brings the energy and discipline of a performer to the leading of congregational music in ways that encourage all people to use their voices powerfully, peacefully, and bathed in Spirit. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, Chanda has shared music and community song with groups, audiences, and congregations around the world. Her innovative integration of music with Scripture, liturgy, and storytelling opens up new vistas for congregations and communities. As a storyteller—sometimes with words, sometimes with ritual, sometimes with song and collaborative art— Chanda listens to the heartbeat of a community and helps it to sing its own song. “I believe songs are God’s healing balm for the human spirit, and I use music to celebrate and honor unconditional love and the downright sacred wholeness of every being.”
Mark Stahura – Mark Stahura is vice president of central services at 1517 Media, the parent company of Augsburg Fortress. Among his varied responsibilities is oversight of all of the web software products offered by Augsburg Fortress and its sister company, Sparkhouse. Mark has been involved with these products from the earliest visions to the present day and enjoys helping others see the benefits of these tools. On evenings and weekends Mark is the director of music at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. His choir there will be singing a week of services at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, at this time next year.
Kevin Strickland – Kevin Strickland serves as an assistant to the presiding bishop, as the executive for worship of the ELCA. Kevin is an honors graduate of Newberry College (Newberry, SC) with a BA in religion and philosophy with a minor in history. He also earned an MDiv degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC). Kevin served as pastor in Maryville, TN; Columbia, SC; and Newberry, SC. Just prior to his call to the churchwide organization in 2014, he served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Nashville, TN.
Paul Vasile – Paul Vasile is an interim/transitional church musician, consultant, and composer based in New York City. As the executive director of Music that Makes Community, Paul is passionate about modeling and sharing leadership practices that sustain the musical and spiritual life of faith communities. He provides support and resources to an international network of leaders committed to a practice of paperless singing, grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity. Additionally, he serves as director of music at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, where he directs the seminary choir, collaborates with faculty and student worship leaders, and serves as a resource to the wider faith community.