Location: Minnesota, USA
I am Director of Music for the Area Faith Community of Jesus Our Living Water, serving the churchs of Church of St. Mary, Willmar, MN, Our Lady of the Lakes, Spicer, MN, St. Patrick's, Kandiyohi, MN and St. Thomas More, Lake Lillian, MN. I oversee the music programs at all four churches which including planning and implementing music for Liturgy, Holdidays and Holy Days. I am also responsible for trainging musicians for music ministry.
Currently I am directing the Adult Choir, Bell Choir, Children's Choir and Children's Chime Choir at the Church of St. Mary and assist with accompanying for mass at the other three sites. I will also direct Area Faith Choirs for any special events that occur within our Area Faith Community (AFC). This is a new position, so I am pionerring into new territory in the realms or overseeing four worship sites.
My first 20 years of employment were as a Music teacher. I was until the fall of 2012, 6th - 8th Grade Choral Director for the Willmar Public Schools in Willmar, MN. I received my BA in Music from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN in 1992. I began my teaching career in a rural public school, teaching PreK-12 Vocal Music for the Albert City-Truesdale Consolidated School District in Albert City, IA. After teaching there for 7 years, I decided to return to my home state of Minnesota, where I began teaching in Willmar. I have been working on receiving my Masters in Choral Conducting from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.