Katie Minion Scheetz
Katie Minion Scheetz began her career as an organist by playing 16 measures of the Mendelssohn Wedding March without the pedals. Since learning to play the organ pedals, she has won numerous awards and competitions, including a Fulbright research grant to study in France. She also won first place in both the prestigious Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing 2012 and the Fox Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2013.
Minion Scheetz completed her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with distinction at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying primarily with Dr. Janette Fishell. At IU, she was both a Jacobs Scholar and a Founder’s Scholar, awards given for the highest honors in music and academic achievement. During a semester abroad program, she also studied with Michael Gailit in Vienna, Austria. She studied organ en perfectionnement with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen at the Toulouse Conservatoire in Toulouse, France, while completing her Fulbright grant in 2015–16. Named by The Diapason as a young organist showing “superior accomplishments, leadership, creativity, and innovative thinking,” Minion Scheetz was inducted into the inaugural “20 under 30 - Class of 2015.”
In 2018, Minion Scheetz completed her Master of Music in Performance/Organ at Southern Methodist University, studying with Stefan Engels and Christophe Mantoux. In 2019, she completed her Master in Musicology at SMU, under the guidance of Dr. Zachary Wallmark. Her thesis is titled “Charles-Marie Widor's Symphonie Romane: An Examination of the Performance Tradition” and combines her Fulbright research with her more recent research on the subject.
Minion Scheetz is the associate Oorganist at Highland Park United Methodist Church.