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Monica Umstaedt Rossman

staff_photo_bigAn Ohio native, Monica has lived in Durham since 1982 and has served as Westminster’s music director and organist since 1994. Monica holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College (B.M.), The Ohio State University (M.M. & D.M.A.), and Duke University (J.D.). She also attended Concordia Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois). Her many inspiring teachers and mentors include Gordon Wilson, Wilbur Held, Maurice Casey, Thomas Gieschen, Harald Vogel, and Alice Parker. Specializing in organ and choral music, with a particular affinity for the music of the Baroque, Monica has been an active church musician for more than 40 years. Her previous positions include six years as Associate Chapel Organist/Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Duke, four years on the music faculty at Ohio State, three years as a practicing attorney, and numerous church positions.

As Minister of Music, Monica engages the congregation in making music to the glory of God through lively congregational singing and a variety of musical ensembles. Her goal is to encourage everyone to share musical gifts with the congregation. It is Monica’s strong belief that the universal language of music is a powerful force for good in the world, as it deepens our spirituality, helps us celebrate the joys of community, offers us unique glimpses into God’s presence and love, and strengthens us to become more compassionate instruments of God’s peace.

Please note:  Monica’s day off is Monday.