Joshua Zentner-Barrett holds the Master of Sacred Music in Organ Performance, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and the Honours Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. His organ teachers have included Stefan Engels, Marlin Nagtegaal, and Christopher Anderson. He has also studied harpsichord with James Richman, conducting with Pamela Elrod-Huffman and Jessica Kun, and improvisation with Glenn Buhr and Gerard Yun.
A dedicated church and community musician, Josh is deeply committed to global music that serves to bridge the gap between diverse experiences and expressions of faith. He currently serves as Organist & Music Director at Kanata United Church in Ottawa, ON, where he oversees a vibrant choral and instrumental program. Additionally he is accompanist for the three choirs of the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, and director of global children's and adult choirs in Ottawa. Studies with Debbie Lou Ludolph and C. Michael Hawn have shaped his leadership approach, which fuses ancient and modern hymnody with innovative performance techniques. As a musical enlivener, Josh uses music to respond to the call to witness, engaging all people in a full engagement with song. You can learn more about his work and his philosopher of sacred music by visiting his website: jzentnerbarrett.com.