Experienced church music director with over ten years organizing and strengthening various vocal and instrumental groups for traditional and contemporary worship services in liturgical and evangelical churches. Dedicated music teacher with 25 years experience in private, classroom, and workshop environments. Skilled accompanist proficient in sight-reading new pieces from start to finish with a high degree of accuracy and at tempo. Highly motivated musician with a comprehensive background in performance, music composition, and arranging. Brings a teacher's heart to the choir room to help grow mature musical participants in the life of the church. Understands the role of music in church history and worship and wishes to work with clergy and lay leadership to lead a music program that invites all people to worship God in a deeper way.
Strong improvising ability
Broad rhythmic and metric range
Music theory knowledge
Broad range of musical styles
Versatile in traditional and contemporary styles
Enjoys working with children through adults
Chairperson of Leadership Program for Musicians - Virginia Chapter - 2014-current
Accompanist for "Spotsylvanians" community choir 2014-current
Nominated/Participated in the "Raising the Song" 2-year music symposium sponsored by the Virginia Center for Liturgy (12 music directors were selected through audition nationwide to participate) 2015-2016
Adjudicated the Spotsylvania District Middle and High School choirs, 2012-2015 (both as a repertoire and sight-reading judge)
3 Professional Recordings: "Lifegiver", "From the Cradle to the Cross", "On a Journey"
Bible studies written/taught to women: "Ecclesiastes: A Study of Wisdom and Tea", "Emmaus", "Seven", "The Jewish Wedding Service", "Philosophy of Church Music",, "Israel: God's Office" Extensive ministry with women, leading workshops, retreats and teas.
Editor/publisher of Prison newsletter "Day by Day, Joy through a Stamp"
, sent to 50 incarcerated Christians each month with Christian Bible studies and articles.
Music Director02/2009 to CurrentChurch of the MessiahFredericksburg, VirginiaPlanned both traditional and contemporary services with clergy. Planned regular services, healing service, praise nights, Tenebrae,Chrismon, lessons and carols, Mandy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Easter, Christmas, Epiphany, various feast days, etc. throughout the liturgical calendar. Conferred with clergy to select music for church services. Transcribed musical compositions to adapt them for a particular ensemble. Founded a contemporary praise band. Scheduled and ran rehearsals for children and adult choirs. Planned and directed musical pageants. Provided accompaniment for church choirs and other musicians participating in worship. Wrote and presented topical Bible studies, music theory classes, and classes on hymnody. Maintained a music budget, provided a church department inventory, maintained church instruments, organized a church music library and worked with other church departments when tasks overlapped. Planned social events for the choir and took them to annual music workshops for enrichment.
Co-Director and Keyboardist02/2007 to 02/2008Spotswood Baptist ChurchFredericksburg, VirginiaServed under senior minister of music as director of a 15-member contemporary music band. Chose and arranged music for worship service. Provided keyboard accompaniment for the band. Scheduled and ran rehearsals.
Director02/2007 to 02/2008Spotswood Baptist Church, Spotswood School of Music and ArtsFredericksburg, Virginia
Established first music school at Spotswood Baptist Church, instructing students aged 2 through adult on music theory, teen praise team, and adult music workshops. Specialized in the Kindermusik method of musical instruction.
Music Teacher/Choral Director02/2005 to 02/2006Fredericksburg Christian SchoolFredericksburg, VAInstructed preschool, elementary, middle and high school students in music theory and vocal training. Scheduled and ran rehearsals and arranged for accompanists. Held auditions to select performers for musical presentations. Performed background music for live shows such as musical theater productions. Directed several concerts a year; including choosing music, staging production, and playing piano.
Music Teacher02/1992 to 02/2005Various Churches and Christian SchoolsWoodbridge/Fredericksburg, VirginiaConducted children and adult handbell/tone chime choirs. Played for special events such as weddings and funerals. Organized and directed two large music productions each year to include; auditions, drama, costumes, set design, and music.
Private Music Teacher02/1992 to CurrentMusic StudioFredericksburg, VirginiaMaintained a studio of 15-20 piano, saxophone, voice, and music composition students to prepare them for concerto competitions, college scholarship auditions, and secure prominent roles in school orchestras and stage productions. Specialized in the Faber method of musical instruction.
General Education1988Southfield Christian SchoolSouthfield, Michigan, USASumma Cum Laude
Associate of Arts: Church Music and Theology1991Moody Bible InstituteChicago, Illinois, USA
Bachelor of Arts: Music Theory/Composition1993Moody Bible InstituteChicago, Illinois, USA
Master of Arts: Music EducationPhoenix UniversityOnlineCompleted 6 hours of course work towards a Master's Degree in Music Education.
Organ, Saxophone, Guitar, Handbells, Voice/Drama,
Theory, Composition, Ear training and sight-singing, Church music appreciation, Overall praise band direction, Biblical philosophy of worship, Praise team vocalist coach, Music workshop leader, Bible study leader, Kindermusik classes, Liturgical worship, leading a graded choir program, proposing music budgets, maintaining church instruments, organizing a music library
Kindermusik International - Licensed Instructor - 2006-2014
National College of Musicians - Member - 1995 - Present
Leadership Program for Musicians - Advanced 2-year Liturgical Studies Certificate - 2011 (Given by the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran Church)
Episcopal Diocese of Virginia - Sexual Awareness Certificates for Children and Adults - 2016
Music Studio: felsburg.musicteachershelper.com
Leadership Program for Musicians: http://lpm-online.org/home/index.php
Raising the Song Experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz16QJVXfWo