Music

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All Loras College students, regardless of major, have the opportunity to grow as musicians through participation in choral and instrumental ensembles, private lessons, general education offerings, and music liturgies. We offer two options within the Music department: the Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Arts in Education, focused on music. In addition, we offer a minor in music and a minor in liturgical music.

Graduates of the Loras College music program have gone on to successful careers in music education, arts administration and other fields.

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MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Music scholarships of $500-$2000 per year are available to all Loras College students and are awarded based on audition. Scholarship recipients must participate in at least one vocal or instrumental ensemble each year. Auditions are held each February for incoming first-year students.

Visit our scholarships page for additional information and to register for our next scheduled audition dates.

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MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS

From its inception in 2005, Mysteries of Christmas has sought to provide the community with a seasonal experience which presents the highest quality of music and literature in a concert format imbued with our Catholic culture.

Through music and readings, Mysteries of Christmas welcomes the season of Advent as we wait with expectation for the coming of Christ. The Loras College Choirs, Wind Ensembles, and selected lectors present a program centered around a specific theme of Advent. The event has gained a wider audience in recent years thanks to broadcasts on Iowa Public Television and other stations in the region.

For information on the next Mysteries of Christmas visit loras.edu/mysteries.

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LORAS COLLEGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

The Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band are open to all Loras students, regardless of major.

Loras College Instrumental Ensembles

All Loras students, regardless of major, can play in the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band. Both ensembles present several concerts throughout the year, both on-campus and in the Dubuque area. The Jazz Band appears regularly at the College Night of Jazz, an event in downtown Dubuque that features groups from local colleges. The ensembles host Middle School and High School Honor Band Festivals each year and perform for a variety of other special events.

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LORAS COLLEGE CHOIRS

All Loras College students, regardless of major, have the opportunity to grow as musicians through participation in choral.

The Loras College Choirs present a variety of concerts throughout the year, including Dessert Pops and Mysteries of Christmas.

The choral program includes four ensembles: Bella Voce, Con Brio, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir. All groups are open to students from across the College, regardless of major.

In addition to concerts throughout the Dubuque area, the Loras College Choirs have performed throughout the Midwest and have served as musical ambassadors in Ireland, Canada, and China.

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Major Requirements
Division of Communication & Fine Arts
Craig Schaefer, Ph.D., Chair

The music program offers two major degree programs: (1) Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education); (2) Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Both concentrations require successful completion of a piano proficiency examination. Related music minor program concentrations are listed below. The music program also offers a minor in liturgical music, in cooperation with the religious studies department.

Requirements for the major in Music Education (B.A.):
Successful completion of the piano proficiency is required. One capstone performance project (recital) is required for completion of the degree. Students in this concentration must complete the following courses with a C or higher.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I 3
2 L.MUS-102: Music Theory II 3
3 L.MUS-203: Music Theory III 3
4 L.MUS-204: Music Theory IV 3
5 L.MUS-215: History and Literature of Music I 3
6 L.MUS-216: History and Literature of Music II 3
8 L.MUS-230: Basic Conducting 2
7 L.MUS-233: Curriculum and Instruction in Music, Grades K-6 3
9 L.MUS-309: Orchestration 2
10 L.MUS-315: History and Literature of Music III 3
11 L.MUS-337: Secondary Music Methods 3
Select one from Req 12
12 L.MUS-333: Instrumental Conducting 2
12 L.MUS-336: Choral Conducting 2
13 L.MUS-174: String Techniques 1
14 L.MUS-175: Woodwind Techniques 1
15 L.MUS-176: Brass Techniques 1
16 L.MUS-177: Percussion Techniques 1
17 Applied Music: Major area from L.MUS-110 to 160 8
18 Applied Music: Minor area from L.MUS-110 to 160 4
19 Music Ensembles: From L.MUS-181 to 188 8
20 L.PSY-121: Developmental Psychology 3
21 L.EDU-200: Foundations of Education 2
22 L.EDU-205: Foundations of Special Education 2
Select one from Req 23
23 L.EDU-203: Teaching for Social Justice 3
23 L.EDU-265: Multicultural Education-AC 3
24 L.EDU-350: General Secondary Curriculum & Instruction 3
25 L.EDU-350L: Intermediate Clinical, Grades 5-12 1
26 L.EDU-357: Reading in the Middle and Secondary School 3
27 L.EDU-411: Student Teaching in Elementary Music 6
28 L.EDU-412: Student Teaching in Secondary Music 6
29 L.EDU-490: Capstone Seminar and Portfolio-PJ 2
86 required credits

Requirements for the major in Music (B.A.):
Successful completion of the piano proficiency is required. Two performance projects (recitals) are required for completion of the degree. Students in this concentration must complete the following courses with a ‘C’ or higher.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I 3
2 L.MUS-102: Music Theory II 3
3 L.MUS-203: Music Theory III 3
4 L.MUS-204: Music Theory IV 3
5 L.MUS-215: History and Literature of Music I 3
6 L.MUS-216: History and Literature of Music II 3
7 L.MUS-230: Basic Conducting 2
8 L.MUS-315: History and Literature of Music III 3
Select one from Req 9
9 L.MUS-333: Instrumental Conducting 2
9 L.MUS-336: Choral Conducting 2
10 Applied Music: Major area from L.MUS-110 to 160 8
11 Applied Music: Minor area from L.MUS-110 to 160 4
12 Music Ensembles: From L.MUS-181 to 188 8
45 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Liturgical Music:
Students must complete the following courses with ‘C’ or higher. A one credit capstone/parish experience is required for completion of the minor.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I 3
2 L.MUS-102: Music Theory II 3
3 L.MUS-230: Basic Conducting 2
4 L.MUS-321: History of Sacred Music-AA 3
5 L.REL-113: Introduction to the Bible 3
Select one from Req 6
6 L.REL-261: Christ and Culture-AC 3
6 L.REL-318: Councils, Creeds, and Culture-AC 3
6 L.REL-320: Sacraments: Catholic Identity in Community-AI 3
7 Applied Music: L.MUS-110 to 160 6
23 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Music-Instrumental Emphasis:
Students must complete the following courses with a ‘C’ or higher. One capstone performance project (recital) is required for completion of the minor.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I 3
2 L.MUS-102: Music Theory II 3
3 L.MUS-215: History and Literature of Music I 3
Select one from Req 4
4 L.MUS-216: History and Literature of Music II 3
4 L.MUS-315: History and Literature of Music III 3
5 Applied Music: Major area from L.MUS-121 to 160 6
6 Techniques: Major area from L.MUS-174 to 177 1
7 Music Ensembles: From L.MUS-181, 182, or 188 4
23 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Music-Vocal/Choral Emphasis:
Students must complete the following courses with ‘C’ or higher. A capstone performance project is required for completion of the degree.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.MUS-101: Music Theory I 3
2 L.MUS-102: Music Theory II 3
3 L.MUS-215: History and Literature of Music I 3
Select one from Req 4
4 L.MUS-216: History and Literature of Music II 3
4 L.MUS-315: History and Literature of Music III 3
5 L.MUS-110: Voice 6
6 Music Ensembles: From L.MUS-183 to 186 4
22 total required credits

MUSIC HISTORY AND APPRECIATION
L.MUS-100: Soundscapes
L.MUS-189: The Jazz Experience
L.MUS-215: History & Literature of Music I
L.MUS-216: History & Literature of Music II
L.MUS-219: Music & Being Human-AA
L.MUS-252: Music Appreciation-AA
L.MUS-295: Topics
L.MUS-315: History & Literature of Music III
L.MUS-318: History of Musical Theatre-AA
L.MUS-321: History of Sacred Music-AA
L.MUS-350: Music in the Movies-AA

MUSIC THEORY, ORCHESTRATION/ARRANGING
L.MUS-101: Music Theory I
L.MUS-102: Music Theory II
L.MUS-203: Music Theory III
L.MUS-204: Music Theory IV
L.MUS-309: Orchestration

TECHNIQUES
L.MUS-174: String Techniques
L.MUS-175: Woodwind Techniques
L.MUS-176: Brass Techniques
L.MUS-177: Percussion Techniques

CONDUCTING AND METHODS
L.MUS-230: Basic Conducting
L.MUS-233: Curriculum and Instruction in Music K-6
L.MUS-333: Instrumental Conducting
L.MUS-336: Choral Conducting
L.MUS-337: Secondary Music Methods

APPLIED MUSIC (Private Lessons)
Applied Music study aims for the thorough development of effective technique and expressive performance. Applied Music is open to all students for 1 credit (one 30 minute lesson per week). With instructor permission, music majors may take Applied Music for 2 credits (one 60 minute lesson per week). All Applied Music students are required to attend monthly music seminars as determined by the instructor. Offered every semester. See course descriptions and specific semester class schedules for further information.

Vocal
L.MUS-110: Voice

Keyboard
L.MUS-121: Piano
L.MUS-122: Organ
L.MUS-123: Harpsichord

Strings
L.MUS-131: Violin
L.MUS-132: Viola
L.MUS-133: Cello
L.MUS-134: String Bass
L.MUS-135: Guitar

Woodwind
L.MUS-141: Flute
L.MUS-142: Oboe
L.MUS-143: Clarinet
L.MUS-144: Saxophone
L.MUS-145: Bassoon

Brass
L.MUS-151: Trumpet
L.MUS-152: French Horn
L.MUS-153: Trombone
L.MUS-154: Euphonium
L.MUS-155: Tuba

Percussion
L.MUS-160: Percussion

ENSEMBLES
L.MUS-181: Loras Wind Ensemble
L.MUS-182: Loras Jazz Ensemble
L.MUS-183: Loras Concert Choir
L.MUS-184: Loras Chamber Singers
L.MUS-185: Bella Voce (Women’s Choir)
L.MUS-186: Con Brio (Men’s Choir)
L.MUS-188: Chamber Ensembles

Course Descriptions

L.MUS-100: Soundscapes
This course offers its participants a unique opportunity to examine and expand their understanding and definitions of music on both personal and communal levels. Music is both science and art, existing in diverse communal configurations. An enlarged appreciation of the intersection of sound, significance (what does this sound “mean”), invites a deeper listening, one that is beyond mere hearing. Students will explore selected musical compositions and attend “live” concert venues, and create their own “composition”. 3 credits. January term.

L.MUS-101: Music Theory I
This course offers an integrated presentation of the fundamental materials of music, including but not limited to ear-training, sight-singing, harmony, chord recognition and analysis, musical forms, elementary orchestration and beginning composition. Prerequisite: Basic music notation literacy. 3 credits.

L.MUS-102: Music Theory II
This course offers an integrated presentation of the fundamental materials of music, including but not limited to ear-training, sight-singing, harmony, chord recognition and analysis, musical forms, elementary orchestration and beginning composition. Prerequisite: L.MUS-101. 3 credits.

L.MUS-110: Voice               
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-121: Piano
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-122: Organ
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-123: Harpsichord
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-131: Violin
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-132: Viola
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-133: Cello
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-134: String Bass
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-135: Guitar
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-141: Flute
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-142: Oboe
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission
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L.MUS-143: Clarinet
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-144: Saxophone
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-145: Bassoon
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-151: Trumpet
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-152: French Horn
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission
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L.MUS-153: Trombone
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-154: Euphonium
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-160: Percussion
Applied Music course. Audition required. 1 credit. Music majors only: 1-2 credits with instructor permission.

L.MUS-174: String Techniques
Skills and materials to organize and teach string instruments in the schools. 1 credit.

L.MUS-175: Woodwind Techniques
Skills and materials to organize and teach woodwind instruments in the schools.1 credit.

L.MUS-176: Brass Techniques
Skills and materials to organize and teach brass instruments in the schools. 1 credit.

L.MUS-177: Percussion Techniques
Skills and materials to organize and teach percussion in the schools. 1 credit.

L.MUS-181: Loras Wind Ensemble
Prerequisite: Audition and instructor permission. 1 credit.

L.MUS-182: Loras Jazz Ensemble
Prerequisite: Audition and instructor permission. 1 credit.

L.MUS-183: Loras Concert Choir
Prerequisite: Audition and instructor permission. 1 credit.

L.MUS-184: Loras Chamber Singers
Prerequisites: Audition and instructor permission; concurrent participation in L.MUS-183. 1 credit.

L.MUS-185: Bella Voce (Women’s Choir)
Prerequisite: Audition and instructor permission. 1 credit.

L.MUS-186: Con Brio (Men’s Choir)
Prerequisite: Audition and instructor permission. 1 credit.

L.MUS-188: Chamber Ensembles
Prerequisite: Audition and instructor permission. 1 credit.

L.MUS-189: The Jazz Experience
The Loras Jazz Experience is a study/travel course that focuses on the performance of jazz styles in instrumental and vocal music. Students spend the first week of the course on campus learning several jazz styles through intensive rehearsals and listening episodes. The following weeks are spent traveling and performing. 3 credits. January term.

L.MUS-203: Music Theory III
A continuation of L.MUS-101 and L.MUS 102, with further development of the involved material. Prerequisite: L.MUS-101 or L.MUS-102. 3 credits.

L.MUS-204: Music Theory IV
A continuation of L.MUS-101, L.MUS 102, or L.MUS-203 with further development of the involved material. Prerequisite: L.MUS-203. 3 credits.

L.MUS-215: History & Literature of Music I
Evaluation of forms, styles, media, political, social and philosophical considerations. Listening and analysis. Prerequisite: L.MUS-102. 3 credits.

L.MUS-216: History & Literature of Music II
Evaluation of forms, styles, media, political, social and philosophical considerations. Listening and analysis. Prerequisites: L.MUS-102 and L.MUS-215 (or equivalent). 3 credits.

L.MUS-219: Music & Being Human-AA
Music deepens our understanding of what it means to be fully human. This survey course is designed to explore music as both science and art, and to nurture and develop the student’s critical listening skills through live and recorded exposure to a wide range of musical examples from a diversity of time periods and geographical/cultural settings. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.MUS-230: Basic Conducting
Basic techniques and principles of conducting. Prerequisite: L.MUS-102. 2 credits.

L.MUS-233: Curriculum and Instruction in Music K-6
Goals, content, materials, and teaching strategies and basic music skills for planning and implementing music experiences in the music classroom are primary components in this course. Creative activities and experiments that promote music across the curriculum are included. Lesson planning for musical content area is also expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. 2-3 credits
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L.MUS-252: Music Appreciation-AA
This course presents the music of Western Culture in the context of social history. A variety of styles and genres are explored and related to the historical context of the studies period. Style periods explored will be selected from antiquity through the contemporary periods. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.IB-105, L.LIB-110, and one of the following L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135 or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.

L.MUS-295: Topics
Music topics course. Used to develop courses which have not been approved under another catalog number. See Division Chair for more information.

L.MUS-309: Orchestration
The basic technique of arranging music for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Prerequisite: L.MUS-204 or equivalent. 2 credits.

L.MUS-315: History & Literature of Music III
Continuation of MUS-215 (216). Prerequisites: L.MUS-102 and L.MUS-215 (or equivalents). 3 credits.

L.MUS-318: History of Musical Theatre-AA
Students explore the history and development of musical theatre. From the classroom in Dubuque to the theatres of New York, the course examines the history and development of musical theatre as an American art form. Additionally, students discover what it has taken for musical theatre to thrive through strategic partnerships, grassroots campaigning and the sense of community cultivated by New York’s public spaces full of advertising and marketing campaigns selling culture. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. January term.

L.MUS-321: History of Sacred Music-AA
Music of the Western church has had a profound influence on the development of Western Classical music. Specifically, how that music should be crafted and presented in worship has been a topic of debate throughout time. This course provides a general survey of the development of Christian church music throughout the centuries and delves into issues surrounding music and worship. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110,and L.LIB-130 or L.LIB-135. 3 credits.

L.MUS-333: Instrumental Conducting
Continuation of materials in L.MUS-230 designed for instrumental conducting students. With an emphasis on score reading and instrumental materials, this course is designed to develop effective conducting techniques and planning and organizational skills basic to teaching instrumental music at the secondary level. Prerequisite: L.MUS-230. 2 credits.

L.MUS-336: Choral Conducting
To develop a conducting technique basic to teaching music at the secondary level and to study and prepare scores from the main periods of music history. To learn how to plan, organize and coordinate high school choral groups. Prerequisite: L.MUS-230. 2 credits
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L.MUS-337: Secondary Music Methods
Materials and methods appropriate for general music classes as well as choral and instrumental organizations on the junior and senior high school levels are presented. 3 credits.

L.MUS-350: Music in the Movies-AA
Film music is a wonderful way not only to encounter some of the most charming, moving, and innovative musical compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries, but a way to come to a greater understanding of the American character. This course uses a variety of pedagogies to study the subject, including film clips, discussions, readings, and quizzes. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. January term.

RELATED COURSE: Art

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A music degree from Loras can prepare a student for work in many fields. For those who choose music as their career, the opportunities include:

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Music therapy
  • Liturgical music ministry
  • Arts administration
  • Freelance musician
  • Private music teacher
  • Graduate school in music or another field

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

  • Elementary general music teacher
  • Secondary-level choir or band director and general music teacher
Loras College Department Staff

Adam Kluck, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
563.557.4096 | adam.kluck@loras.edu

Dr. Kluck conducts the Loras College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Bella Voce, and Con Brio ensembles in addition to private voice. Prior to his appointment at Loras, he was Director of Choral Activities at Central Wyoming College, and while there was invited to attend the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Conducting Symposium in 2015 and work with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and professional Elora Festival Singers. Before his time at Central Wyoming College, Dr. Kluck earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While in Madison, Dr. Kluck sang in the inaugural season of Madison’s professional choir, the Madison Choral Project. Additionally, he was director of the highly auditioned Madison Chamber Choir for their 2013-2014 concert season. Prior to his time in Madison, Dr. Kluck taught high school choir in Greeley, Colorado. He received his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting as well as his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

In addition to his work as a choral conductor, Dr. Kluck also has considerable experience as a collaborative pianist, and has coached and conducted many musical theater and operatic productions. Dr. Kluck’s research interests include the choral music of James MacMillan and Dmitri Bortniansky. He is in continual demand as a clinician and adjudicator.

Glenn Pohland, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
563.588.7153 | Glenn.Pohland@loras.edu

Dr. Pohland began at Loras College in 2009 as Director of Instrumental Music and as an Assistant Professor in the Communication and Fine Arts Division. Dr. Pohland conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and chamber groups, and serves as instructor of the low brass studio. He also teaches courses in music education, orchestration, music history, instrumental techniques and conducting. Dr. Pohland received his B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, his M.M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota and his D.M.A. in Instrumental Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Arizona State University.

Prior to his appointment at Loras, Dr. Pohland was an assistant professor of instrumental music education at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and served for 24 years as the Director of Bands and General Music teacher in the Glencoe-Silver Lake, Minnesota, School district. He has been the recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for outstanding leadership, the American School Band Directors Association Stansbury Award for outstanding young band directors and has received numerous Distinguished Service Awards by the Minnesota Music Educators Association at the Music Educators National Conference.

In addition to his teaching position, Dr. Pohland is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the upper United States. He has served as guest conductor for several Midwest Honor Bands and regularly provides clinics on both wind literature and music technology for professional music organizations and school districts.

Luke Tyler, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Music
563.588.7785 | Luke.Tyler@loras.edu

Dr. Luke Tyler is a lifelong student and performer of piano. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hanover College, Hanover Indiana, Masters of Music in Piano Performance from Miami University, Oxford Ohio, and Doctorate of Arts in Piano Performance from Ball State University, Muncie Indiana. Dr. Tyler teaches Music Theory and Applied Piano in addition to accompanying Loras College’s ensembles.

Prior to his appointment at Loras, Dr. Tyler served as a vocal coach, accompanist, and Adjunct Instructor of Theory and Music Appreciation at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He has maintain an active solo and collaborative performing career, including performances in Germany, China, and Hong Kong, and across the Midwest as a guest artist, collaborator, and accompanist at festivals, universities, and concert series. He has spent considerable time as a church musician, serving in Trenton Ohio, Connersville Indiana, and Greenfield Indiana. In these position, he has served as a pianist, organist, and conductor of both choirs and orchestras.