Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Welcoming Jonathan Smith, new Music Director at Chain of Lakes

This past Sunday the Steering Committee of Chain of Lakes hired Jonathan Smith as their new Music Director.  His first time in worship at Chain of Lakes will be Sunday, June 4.  A special thanks to Karen Bakia, Sally Leitch, Paul Edgett, Becky Booker, Jolene Altrichter, and Amy Moore for their work in hiring Jonathan.  Can't wait to see how the Spirit works through Jonathan at Chain of Lakes!

Jonathan Smith is a teacher, performer, composer, and leader from the Central Wisconsin area. He received a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in December of 2015. Since age fifteen, he has been called upon to lead groups of people in children's theater, community theater, and church music settings. He has previously been in the role of Praise Band Director at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Wausau, WI, and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, WI. He has vocal directed 16 theatrical productions, usually as Vocal Director. He has been recently nominated for a Tommy award for Outstanding Vocal Direction for "Spamalot" at Marshfield High School. In addition to his work as a leader, he has taught many students how to sing through private voice lessons at various schools in Central Wisconsin.

As a performer, he has performed for over 25 operatic and musical theater productions and over 60 weddings and special events. Through the years of being involved theatrically, his passion for acting and directing shows turned to writing musicals meant to be performed by young actors. His first musical, DMV The Musical, received a grant from UW-Stevens Point and was also performed in the New Works Theatre Festival. It is now published on mmusicals.com and is available for future performances. 

He is very excited to be working in his new role as Director of Music for Chain of Lakes Church! He is available for private music lessons also at Chain of Lakes Church for a special rate for church members. He is also available as an instructor at Spark Music Studio in Osseo, and St. Paul School of Music in West St. Paul. 

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