I started taking organ lessons in 7th grade. I was involved with music at church from a very early age and was always fascinated by the sound of the organ and all the buttons! I started taking piano lessons in 2nd grade and never really liked it. When I started taking organ lessons I had discovered my true musical calling.
One of my favorite roles has been leading the congregation in worship. The most fulfilling part of my job is playing the great hymns of the church. I am lucky to serve a congregation that loves music and sings the hymns of our faith with vigor and vitality. I also enjoy playing recitals on the church’s concert series. This gives the congregation the opportunity to hear the organ outside of the context of a worship experience.
When I’m not at the console, I am the Sr. Director of Marketing at Kraft Heinz where I lead the Lunchables, P3 and Claussen pickles businesses. I have been at Kraft Heinz for ten years. In addition, I have a love for BMWs: I have three, an X5, 3-series convertible, and a 5-series. My partner Todd and I enjoy traveling and spending time at our house in Saugatuck, MI.
I think of the AGO as a great opportunity for getting to know other organists and really get ideas for new repertoire. I always love reading TAO, especially the story about the featured instrument.