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Master of Music, Choral Conducting, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory, 2015.
Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Music Education, Dana College, Blair, Nebraska, 2000. Recipient of the Alan Brandes Award
for Outstanding Music Student of the Year, and Excellence in Academics and Musical Performance Award.
Digital Artist, Tony Ward Arts, 2007–present. Services offered include visual design (branding, graphics, layout, promotional media, and UX/UI design), music (composition, arranging, conducting, and engraving), and liturgical art and music for worshipping communities and publishers.
Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgy, The Roman Catholic Community of Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, OH, 2017–2020. Service to the community of Saint Paschal Baylon and the religious community of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Director/coordinator of the 40-voice Parish Choir, four smaller weekend ensembles, children’s choir, and 7th-8th grade mass choir for school liturgies; supervision of two accompanists and assistant for children’s choir; selection and curation of liturgical music for masses, Taizé services, and other prayer services; graphic design and layout for worship aides and other parish projects; maintenance of sound system; volunteer for IT-related issues in parish office; sole non-ordained member of a local interfaith group, and collaboration with fellow members for interfaith prayer services. Instituted Gaudete, an annual choral concert in December, featuring the combined parish and youth choirs in performances of diverse holiday repertoire.
Director of Worship and Music, Bethel Lutheran Church, ELCA, Madison, WI, 2015–2017. Responsibilities included collaborative planning of congregational music and worship; direction of the 50-voice Bethel Choir and a small multi-generational worship ensemble; coordination and supervision of the handbells, children’s music, and Latino music ministry programs; co-creation of the weekly Worship Guide and management of related licensing; creation of congregational reprints, maintenance of the choral music library.
Director of Adult Choirs, Atonement Lutheran Church, ELCA, Overland Park, KS, 2013–2015. Service to the people of Atonement as director of the Atonement Sanctuary Choir in collaboration with Director of Worship; planning of anthems throughout the church year and in committee for major liturgical seasons. Direction of ensemble-in-residence, Kansas City BrassWorks.
Director of Music Ministry, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2004–2013. Service for and with the people of St. John’s Parish at Creighton University. Direction of four regular liturgical ensembles. Co-Coordinator of the Praise and Worship and Taizé programs. Collaboration with Coordinator of Liturgy and Liturgical Consultant. Responsible for music ministry and co-development of liturgical celebration for weekly parish and student community liturgies, several major all-University liturgies, special celebrations (e.g., ordinations in the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus; celebrations with the Superior General of the Society of Jesus; dedication liturgies). Member of parish renovation steering committee. Webmaster and designer of the Campus Ministry website. Designer of seasonal worship aides, including original artwork.
Director of Liturgy and Music, St. Leo Parish, Omaha, NE, 2003–2004. Service to the people of St. Leo Parish for one year as sole coordinator for all parish liturgies and choir director. Founded children’s choir. Participant in sanctuary renovation project.
Choir Director, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska, 2002–2003. Served in part-time capacity as director of contemporary music ensemble for Sunday liturgy.
Elementary Music Teacher, Liturgist, St. Vincent de Paul Elementary, Omaha, NE, 2000–2003. Served three years as music teacher for Grades 3-5 and coordinated all school liturgies. Co-directed parish children’s choir.
Choir Director, St. Francis Borgia Parish, Blair, NE, 1995–2001. Served in part-time capacity as director of choral music ensemble for Sunday liturgy. Founded children’s choir.
- Apple MacOS X
- Apple iOS
- Dorico Pro 3
- Sibelius 8
- Finale 2014.5
- Logic Pro X
- EastWest, Garritan, NotePerformer, and Steinberg sound libraries
- Adobe Creative Cloud (Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD)
- Final Cut Pro
- EastWest, Garritan, NotePerformer, and Steinberg sound libraries.
- Google Suite
- Microsoft Office
- FileMaker Pro
- American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
- Liturgical Composers Forum, St. Louis, MO (Steering Commitee, 2018-present)
- National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).