Presenters

Pastor Nathan Baker-Trinity has served congregations in northwest Minnesota, central Pennsylvania, and now in Rush City, Minnesota. Growing up in a small congregation in southwest Iowa, he has delighted in serving small congregations and nurturing their worship and musical life. He has contributed as both a musician and writer to the larger church, including for the ELCA’s Worship Jubilee and Sundays and Seasons. Nathan lives with his wife, Jennifer, and three children in Shoreview, Minnesota.

 

Thomas Bandar currently serves as Executive and Artistic Director of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, and maintains active parallel careers as an arts administrator, violist, and music educator. Through his successive leadership roles at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Curtis Institute of Music—where he served as Associate Dean—he has guided an entire generation of gifted young musicians through their music education and transition to life as professional musicians. Thomas is a frequent guest artist at universities and conservatories around the country and can often be heard performing with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

Jeremy J. Bankson serves as Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio, where he leads a dynamic and developing music ministry that includes several choirs and the Concerts at Prince of Peace Series. Prior to this position, he was Associate Minister of Music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Executive Director of the Abendmusik at First-Plymouth Concert Series, as well as the organ instructor at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. A native Nebraskan, Jeremy received his BM from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he also pursued graduate studies in choral conducting. Active as a composer and arranger, he has led workshops, clinics, and hymn festivals for ALCM, the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, Leadership Program for Musicians, Augsburg Fortress, and other churches and institutions around the country. His compositions can be found in the catalogs of MorningStar Music Publishers, Augsburg Fortress, and Concordia Publishing House.

Jean Boehler is cantor at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, a vibrant, diverse, and urban parish in The Bronx, New York. She is College Organist at Concordia College New York, and is founder and director of Arts in Mission–NY. Jean received degrees from Concordia University St. Paul (BA), Valparaiso University (MM), and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (DMA, organ performance). She is certified in Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze pedagogy. She has served as a workshop presenter and music director for regional and national conferences, and has contributed to Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns, as well as to the ALCM publications CrossAccent and In Tempo.

Jonathan Busarow holds degrees from Valparaiso University (BM, vocal performance), The Ohio State University (MM, choral conducting), and Kodály Certification from the Kodály Institute at Capital University. He serves on the faculty of Purdue University Fort Wayne where he teaches voice and choral music education. In frequent demand as a clinician and as a tenor soloist, he has conducted at gatherings of the American Choral Directors Association, ALCM, the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention, and the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University. Jonathan is a recipient of the 2015 Emerging Leader award from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, as well as the 2018 Distinguished Decade Award from Valparaiso University. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Nicole, and their children, Simon, Matthias, and Timothy.

Christopher M. Cock is Professor of Music at Valparaiso University where he holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music, and is director of the Bach Institute. His leadership of the Valparaiso University Chorale has led to numerous recordings and extensive concert tours throughout the United States and Europe including four performance residencies at the St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. As a solo artist, his extensive range and communicative performances have established him as a premier lyric tenor, including several appearances as the Evangelist in Bach’s passions with major ensembles across the country.

Jeffrey Scott Doebler serves as Professor of Music and Director of Music Education and Bands at Valparaiso University. On November 3, 2018, he was named a Distinguished Hoosier by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. Professor Doebler holds music education degrees from Luther College (BA), Valparaiso University (MM), and the University of Minnesota (PhD). The recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence, he is equally effective working with younger students, older students, and professional musicians. He has appeared professionally in thirty states, Canada, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and China. In a typical year he works with more than 3,000 students.

Karen S. Eddinger joined the staff of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, Pennsylvania, as its Minister of Music in August 2011. She previously served as Trinity’s Music Intern and Assistant Director of Music from 1981–89, during which time she began the church’s handbell program. Immediately prior to rejoining the staff at Trinity, Karen was Minister of Music at St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, where she served for twenty-two years. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Karen serves on the board of ALCM Region 1 and is the accompanist for the Women’s Chorale at Albright College.

Clayton Faulkner is Director of Worship, Music, and Technology at Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education, a Master of Arts in Worship, a Doctor of Worship Studies, and is currently in candidacy for Word and Sacrament ministry in the ELCA and pursuing a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. He is co-creator of the TUNE UP worship band gathering, an annual training event for worship musicians in Houston. He was a contributing author for Can We Talk? Engaging Worship and Culture, and has written several FAQ articles for the ELCA’s worship page.

Chad Fothergill is an organist and musicologist who serves the church as a cantor, teacher, composer, and writer. He is editor of the ALCM journal CrossAccent, is a member of the Institute of Liturgical Studies Advisory Council, and has served on faculties at Gustavus Adolphus College, the University of Delaware, and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. He has appeared as a performer, speaker, and hymn festival leader throughout the United States and Canada, and will serve from March–May 2020 as Interim Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, while David Cherwien is on sabbatical.

Tim Fredstrom is Professor of Choral Music Education at Illinois State University, where he directs the Men’s Glee, and teaches courses in choral pedagogy, conducting, and music literature. He conducts the Cantus Novus Chorale in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is assistant conductor of Lumière Chamber Choir in Peoria, and is the assistant conductor of the Peoria Bach Festival Chorus. Tim is a frequent choral clinician and has served as conductor at numerous festivals and honor choirs, recently at the American Choral Directors Central and North Central Divisional conference in Milwaukee. He serves as choir director and organist at his church.

Robert Hobby is Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he plans, plays, and conducts many of the liturgies, oversees ten ensembles, and manages special music events. During his 33-year tenure, the music department has established a choral series with seventeen commissioned composers, hosted two regional ALCM conferences, produced four recordings, and sponsored twenty-seven choir and fine arts trips. Outside of Trinity English, Bob values opportunities to serve the larger church through his work as performer, clinician, and composer. He holds degrees from Wittenberg University and the University of Notre Dame. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wittenberg for his professional contributions to church music.

Anne Krentz Organ serves as Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. Her responsibilities include worship planning, service playing, and 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. She 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 Publishers. Anne is a past-president of ALCM.

Nancy Menk holds the Mary Lou and Judd Leighton Chair in Music at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. In addition to her duties at Saint Mary’s College, she is founder and conductor of the South Bend Chamber Singers and serves as Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. She also teaches graduate conducting at the University of Notre Dame. She holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS, MA) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM, DMA). She is editor of the Saint Mary’s College Choral Series, a distinctive series of select new music for women’s voices published by earthsongs of Corvallis, Oregon.

Sally Messner serves as the Events Coordinator for ALCM and as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of South Lyon, Michigan. She is founding musical director of the Elm Ensemble, a liturgical project bringing together professional and amateur musicians with great sacred music to help keep the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history. Before moving to Michigan, Sally served as hymn editor for Lutheran Forum and maintained a private voice and piano studio in Minneapolis. She earned a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Valparaiso University and a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary.

Pastor John Morris is Senior Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. John served for many years on the Institute of Liturgical Studies Advisory Council at Valparaiso University, has assisted at many churchwide worship services as sacristan, chaired worship committees in the Southern Ohio Synod, and led various workshops and events in the area of liturgical worship. In his spare time, John is an avid gardener and beekeeper.

Daniel Schwandt is currently a doctoral student in organ performance at the University of Notre Dame and Music Associate at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. He has served as a church and seminary musician in Chicago, the Twin Cities, and in his native Wisconsin. His interests cover the spectrum of the church musician’s art, from choral conducting and composing, to liturgical theology and congregational song. His teachers include John Ferguson, Douglas Reed, and Craig Cramer, and his music is available through Augsburg Fortress, GIA Publications, and MorningStar Music Publishers.

Christopher Wilson is director of percussion for McKendree University and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, as well as a lecturer in percussion at Southeast Missouri State University. Wilson received degrees from the Boston Conservatory, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Northern Colorado (DMA) studying percussion performance with a secondary area in wind conducting. His principal teachers include Gray Barrier, Nancy Zeltsman, and Martin Zyskowski. Dr. Wilson is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums and Encore Mallets.