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Music Staff

Brandon Moss: Chalice Choir Director

Brandon L. Moss serves as Director of the Chalice Choir.  A native of Parkersburg, WV, Brandon holds degrees in music education and choral conducting from The Ohio State University and Otterbein University and is Director of Choirs at Central Crossing High School in Grove City.  An active music educator, conductor, clinician and composer/arranger, Brandon has taught in the Dover, Three Rivers, and Westfall school districts, and he has worked with many choirs throughout Central Ohio, including The Magpie Consort, Clintonville Community Choir, and Columbus Gay Men's Chorus.  In his spare time, Brandon enjoys traveling, attending concerts, cooking, reading, and spending time with his husband Josh and their miniature schnauzer Miles.

Brandon Moss

Karen Madden: Director of Spirit of Life, Rising Voices choirs
Karen holds her B.A. in Music Education from The Ohio State University, and has done graduate work in conducting at Illinois State University. She currently directs choirs and instrumentalists at the St. Thomas More Newman Center on the OSU campus, and is assistant conductor for the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra. She has also recently started a home-schooled community orchestra. She was a cellist with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra and taught cello for many years, and previously ran her own IT business with her husband.

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Nathan Hamm: Church Pianist and Choir Accompanist
Nathan previously held this same position at the North UU Church in Lewis Center, for almost 20 years. He has a B.M. in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University, is principal accompanist for the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and the Dublin Singers, and is part of “Music by reflection,” a piano/vocal duo that performs at local venues.

Tony McDonald: Music Director
Tony has had a career in music performance and administration. He received his Masters and D.M.A. degrees in orchestral conducting from Stanford University and has directed orchestras, bands and choirs and taught music at Hillsdale, Centre and Antioch Colleges. In addition, he has taught music to children of all ages at the Davis Center for the Performing Arts. In 1995 he received a Minority Arts Administration Fellowship and, consequently, has worked as an arts administrator with the St. Louis Symphony, The MacPhail Center for the Arts, Opera/Columbus and the King Arts Complex. Tony has also directed musical theatre for over 35 years and currently writes for and directs his own group, Dr. Tony’s Original Ragtime Band