CMI Staff & Volunteers

2016 Resource Library Volunteers

Joan Blomquist, Dallas, Texas

Garnett Grevelle, Garland, Texas

Marjorie Schmidt, Dallas, Texas

Sylvia Taylor, Dallas Texas

Nesha Morey,  Arlington, Texas

Church Music Institute Staff

Kara Fordyce, Office and Communications Manager

Michelle Grimm, Resource Library Staff

Norman Bendiksen, Technical Support

Church Music Institute Directors

Dr. Charlotte Kroeker

Dr. Charlotte Kroeker, Executive Director of the Church Music InstituteDr. Charlotte Kroeker, Executive Director, came to Dallas from the University of Notre Dame where she held a faculty research position in church music.  She is the author of The Sounds of Our Offerings: Achieving Excellence in Church Music, Alban Press, 2011, is editor of Music in Christian Worship, Liturgical Press, 2005, and has published numerous articles on church music.

Dr. Kroeker is trained as a performing pianist and pedagogue, spending most of her career as a church-related college professor and administrator.  Born and raised in the General Conference Mennonite Church, she has served as organist and/or choir director in Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist congregations, concurrent with her academic appointments.  Dr. Kroeker has spent  the last 15 years studying foundational issues for effective music in worship.  In this process she has received grants from the Lilly Endowment, Louisville Institute, Wabash Center, Indiana Arts Commission, the University of Notre Dame, the Lilly Library at Indiana University, and private donors to fund research and to convene conferences, workshops, and focus groups of university/seminary faculty, church musicians, pastors and laypersons.  Dr. Kroeker oversees program development and strategic planning for CMI.

Dr. Robert C. Mann

Dr. Robert C. Mann, Director of Music ResourcesDr. Robert C. Mann is Director of the Music Resource Library at the Church Music Institute and Professor Emeritus of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organ, musicology, and church music.  He has served churches for over forty years as organist or organist-choirmaster and actively participated as recitalist in solo organ repertoire, organ duets, and music for two organs.  He has been workshop clinician for AGO chapters and church worship groups at the state, regional, and national levels.  Dr. Mann's scholarly publications are in the areas of the organ duet and Mendelssohn's organ music.  He has traveled extensively in Europe playing and studying historic organs and is editor of two published historical organ compositions by Eugene Thayer and Gustav Merkel.  Dr. Mann joined the Dallas AGO Chapter in 2006 and holds membership in numerous professional organizations.  He is in charge of developing the online searchable resource database for CMI.

Dr. Margaret R. Evans, Professor Emerita of Music at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR, is creator of the Sacred Organ eLibrary database. She was a church musician for 45 years. She earned her D.M.A. degree at the Eastman School and served 4 years as AGO Vice President. Since she started buying organ music she has kept an index of pieces by hymn tune, and used this index every week throughout her church ministries.