Music programs & choirs


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Ben Marti
Organist, Pianist, Accompanist 

Benjamin received his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Gustavus Adolphus College, under Helen Baumgartner.

He has recently been chaired as pianist with Mankato Symphony Orchestra. Since 2004, Ben has performed as the Artist In Residence at Morgan Creek Vineyards Wine Down for the Weekend Music Series.

Benjamin was awarded the PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist Grant to fund a recording of new repertoire in 2012. He also accompanies for churches and educational institutions throughout southern Minnesota.


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Michael McKenzie – Sanctuary Choir Director

Adults – Rehearsals on Sunday Mornings
September through May
8:30 am to 9:45 a.m.  

Michael is currently a senior Choral and Instrumental Music Education double major at Gustavus Adolphus College. He is a Björling scholarship and music award winner. He studies Horn and Voice at Gustavus with Melissa Morey and Dr. David Kozisek. Michael is an active student conductor at Gustavus.

As a Horn player Michael has played in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Vasa Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Horn Choir, and Gustavus Brass Choir.  While not active as a Percussion student, Michael has studied Percussion with Paul Hill and has played with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Encore Wind Ensemble, Vasa Wind Orchestra, Percussion ensemble, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir of Christ Chapel, and was most recently featured as a percussion soloist with the Gustavus Choir.

As a singer Michael sings Bass/Baritone in the Gustavus Choirs as well as in Legacy A Capella.   While dabbling in composition, Michael was recently awarded as a finalist in the 2016 Gustavus Music for Peace Composition Contest.

As a conductor Michael has lead performances with the Belchertown High School Symphony Band, the Vasa Wind Orchestra, and the Choir of Christ Chapel. Michael has studied conducting with James Patrick Miller, Ruth Lin, Brandon Dean, and Gregory Aune.


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Youth Choir   
Grades 7 – 12
Rehearses Wednesday Evenings  – 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm
September through May
Director:  Kristi Hislop

Alleluia Choir
Grades 3-7
Rehearses Wednesday Evenings  – 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
September through May
Director:  Kristi Hislop

Also, 9:30 am to 9:45 am with Sunday School Children on Sundays


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Celebration Ringers   
Adult Bell Choir
Rehearse Wednesday Evenings
September through May
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Director:  Cheryl Holicky  (507) 779-2080   

Bell Canto
Youth Bell Choir
Grades 3-8
Rehearse Wednesday evenings   
September through May
5:30 pm
Director:  Cheryl Holicky   (507) 779-2080