Westminster is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda Weber has been selected to serve as the Interim Director of Choral Ministries at Westminster.
Amanda has just completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Minnesota. While at the University she was assistant conductor for both the Minnesota Chorale, working with Kathy Romey, and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. She also directed several of the University’s choral ensembles and was Minister of Music for the Trinity Lutheran Congregation in Minneapolis.
Amanda holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and an undergraduate degree from Luther College where she earned a double major in piano and art. Amanda has studied language and arts and culture in Ecuador, Senegal, and France and has participated in conducting masterclasses in Switzerland, Paris, Sweden, and many of the United States. She has always held church music positions alongside her academic pursuits. The threads running throughout Amanda’s life have been the church, music, and education. Both of her parents are musicians; her mother an organist, her father a conductor and Lutheran pastor.
Amanda has a passion for social justice and marginalized populations. She founded the Voices of Hope, a choir of 50 women from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. She also began Bethany’s Women of Praise, a choir for homeless women in Washington, D.C. She is currently writing prayer resources for incarcerated people that will be published by Augsburg. Amanda values choral music from all times and places.
As conductor of the Westminster Choir, she will eagerly draw from the diverse 1,000-year repertoire of choral music to enrich the flow, balance and overreaching meaning of worship at Westminster. She understands the choir’s role to be leaders of worship and prayer. In addition to directing the Westminster Choir, she will participate in worship planning, staff meetings, and supervision of our other choir directors. We will look to Amanda to begin a new choral ensemble and take first steps in developing a music series for the recently completed Westminster Hall.
We look forward to the next program year with Amanda leading our choral ministries. Her personal warmth, energy, and great talents will richly bless us all in the many ways we will discover together.
Amanda will begin her work among us July 1. The interim position is for one year; Amanda will be eligible to apply for the permanent position once that search begins in early 2019.