Magazine article Pastoral Music

Where Are They Now?

Magazine article Pastoral Music

Where Are They Now?

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Timothy Westerhaus

GIA Scholarship Recipient 2003, NPM Scholarship Recipient 2006

With the aid of the 2003 GIA Pastoral Musicians Scholarship, Timothy Westerhaus graduated in 2004 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a bachelor's degree in liturgical music. In addition to studying with J. Michael Joncas, Angela Broeker, and Marianne Bryan, he assisted Robert Strusinski as a chapel music minister at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. He completed an internship at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis in the spring of 2004, under the guidance of Teri Larson.

Following graduation, Tim assumed the position of pastoral minister of liturgy and music at the Paulist Center Catholic Community in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Serving fulltime for two years, he coordinated the musical and liturgical events for four weekend services as well as for major feast days. He initiated the formation of a music ministry advisory group, cultivated musical and liturgical leadership for the liturgy of the hours, chaired the worship committee, directed the annual Advent-Christmastide concert series, and oversaw recruitment and training of liturgical ministers. Because the Paulist Center serves as a liturgical resource to the greater Boston area, Tim directed a Liturgical Arts Conference in February 2006 that was attended by more than 400 people. The two-day conference included an evening presentation-performance-"The Order of the Mass and the Arts: Encountering the Mystery through Liturgical Texts, Music, and Artwork," a keynote address by J. …

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