Meet Engels’ Organ Students and Alumni
In addition to completing coursework, polishing their repertoire and performing in concerts, all of Engels’ students are employed part-time or full-time as organists at churches. Click on the links below to learn more about SMU Meadows organ students and alumni.
Joshua Boyd (M.M. Organ Performance ’19) is an organ scholar at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.
Hannah Cruse (B.M. Performance/Oboe, B.M. Performance/Organ '17; Master of Sacred Music ’19) currently serves as organist for Northridge Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Past organist positions were held at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Richardson and Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.
Nicholas Halbert (M.M. Organ Performance ’19) is an organ scholar at the Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas. Previous employment as a teen was as a boy chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, then as organ scholar (age 16), a position he held for two years.
Yunjung Lee (Performer’s Diploma/Organ Performance ’18) holds the positions of organ scholar at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and organist at First United Lutheran Church, both in Dallas.
Katie Minion (M.M. Organ Performance ’18) is assistant organist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Graham Schultz (Performer’s Diploma/Organ Performance ’19) is assistant organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. While in Cleveland, he was organist and choirmaster of St. James, E. 55th, where he oversaw a professional music program in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.
Jordan Smith (Master of Sacred Music ’18) is director of music and organist at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Allen, Texas. There, he conducts the chancel and handbell choirs, assists and oversees the children’s music program, accompanies worship services and maintains the church's concert series.
Ivan Tatarinov (Artist Diploma/Organ Performance ’19) is an organ scholar at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Dallas.
Richard Gray (M.M. Organ Performance ’17) currently serves as the 2017-18 organ scholar of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tenn. During his time at SMU, he was engaged as an organist at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In addition to his service playing responsibilities, he enjoyed collaborations as an accompanist for the Highland Park Chorale and Chancel Choir, both in worship services and on performances. Other previous positions include assistant course organist and conducting scholar for the Royal School of Church Music in America’s Carolina Course in Raleigh, N.C.; sacred music intern at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md.; and at First Baptist Church in Worcester, Mass.
Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire (Artist Diploma/Organ Performance ’17) is senior organist and curator for St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano and director of the church’s academy of music. He has expanded the music program by establishing an annual spring organ recital series at St. Andrew, drawing audiences from both the church and the greater community.
Inah Park (Performers Diploma/Organ Performance ’17) is a full-time organist at First English Lutheran Church in New Orleans, La. She previously served as organist and director of music at First United Lutheran Church in Dallas.
Scott Scheetz (Master of Sacred Music ’17) is music minister and organist at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Colleyville, Texas, where he directs the adult, youth, children’s and handbell choirs and leads both traditional and contemporary worship.
Wilhelm Sollie (Performer’s Diploma/Organ Performance ’17) was assistant organist at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas. From 2012 to 2014 he was organist at the Castle Church at Akershus Fortress (Akershus Slottskirke) in Oslo, where he led the musical activities. His duties also included playing at services for His Majesty Harald V, the King of Norway.
Joshua Zentner-Barrett (Master of Sacred Music ’17) is organist and music director at Kanata United Church in Ottawa, Ontario. He is also accompanist for the three choirs of Ottawa’s Goulbourn Jubilee Singers and director of the New Edinburgh Adult Global Song Choir.