Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
- San Jose State University, CA, B.M. Music, 1987
- San Jose State University, CA, M.A., 1989
- University of Colorado, Boulder, D.M.A., 1999
Dr. Michael Busch is professor of music at Concordia University, Irvine, where he serves as Director of Choral Activities. His teaching responsibilities include the areas of conducting, music theory, church music, and choral methods. His work with the Concordia Choir and the Concordia Master Chorale is featured in an acclaimed concert series which annually attracts sell-out crowds to the Concordia Center for Worship and Performing Arts. He has led the Concordia Choir on concert ministry tours throughout the United States, as well as through Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Italy. During their concert tour through Brazil, The Concordia Choir enjoyed singing before an audience of over 10,000 during the centennial celebrations of the Lutheran Church in Brazil. In their most recent international tour through Italy, the choir was featured during services at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Dr. Busch received the doctor of musical arts degree in the literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his master’s degree in both the fields of choral conducting and organ performance from San Jose State University. Prior to his arrival at Concordia, he taught choral and instrumental music at every grade level and administered large choral and orchestral music programs in California and Colorado. It is his great joy to mentor musicians desiring to serve as music educators and church music leaders.
Under his direction, past MasterWorks at Concordia concerts have included Bach cantatas, F.J. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Honegger’s King David, Schubert’s Mass in G, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Haydn’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Durufle’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul and Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
In addition to his duties at Concordia, Dr. Busch has served as a guest conductor, festival organist, choral adjudicator and workshop leader at clinics, conventions and festival events throughout the western United States. He has served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship for the western division states of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
- Conductor, The Concordia Choir
- Conductor, Concordia Master Chorale
- Choral Methods
- Music Theory
Professor of Music, Director of Musical Activities and Music Education
- Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, IL, B.A., 1971; M.A.Ed., 1974
- The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ph.D., 1990
- Concordia Lutheran Middle School, Hong Kong, 1971-75
- Director of Music, University Lutheran Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI, 1975-79
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1976-78
- Lutheran High School West, Detroit, MI, 1978-79
- Director of Music, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, MI, 1979-88
- Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI, 1979-88
- Concordia University since 1988
Dr. Herb Geisler is Professor of Music and director of Concordia University's multi-ensemble handbell program involving over 50 ringers. He also teaches music education, ethnomusicology, and theory. He has served as director of parish music and taught music and handbells at all levels from elementary to graduate school in Hong Kong, Illinois, Michigan, and California. He earned the B.A. and M.A. Ed. degrees at Concordia College, River Forest, and the Ph.D. in music education at the University of Michigan. He serves as a handbell and music education clinician and has published numerous articles and handbell works with Concordia Publishing House and Morning Star Publications.
Dr. Geisler presented a paper, "Faith, Reason and Emotion: At the Nexus of Music and “Religious Experience” in Contemporary American Christianity" at the international Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Geisler also published an article, “Thinking Outside the Bell-Music for Handbells AND Other Instruments” in Overtones, the national magazine of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Activities, Chair - Performing and Visual Arts Division
- D.M.A. Music Education – Boston University
- M.A. Arts and Letters – The American Band College (Southern Oregon University)
- B.A. Music – Valparaiso University
- Lutheran Teaching Certificate – Concordia University (Irvine, CA)
Jeff Held is the music director of both the Concordia Wind Orchestra and
the Concordia Sinfonietta, as well as Chair of the Arts Division (music,
theatre, and art). He joined the faculty of Concordia University in 2005
and established most of the existing orchestral instrument program at the
Dr. Held received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston
University. His research interest was comparing learning atmospheres for
music majors between large and small universities. He received a master's
degree from The American Band College at Southern Oregon University and an
undergraduate degree in music from Valparaiso University. In addition, he
completed the Lutheran Teaching Colloquy from Concordia University, Irvine.
His career began as band director and music department chairman at Orange
Lutheran High School, where he established a prominent concert band, jazz
band, and handbell ensemble. Held is known nationally for his innovative
hymn festivals with wind orchestra and voices, sacred-theme concerts,
implementation of new music for wind band in worship, involvement with the
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and his work as a board member of
Lutheran Music Program (which produces Lutheran Summer Music Academy and
other music programs).
- Conductor, Concordia Wind Orchestra
- Conductor, Concordia Sinfonietta
- Instrumental Conducting Methods and Rehearsal Techniques
- Brass Techniques
- General education courses in Music
Music Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Choral Activities
- D.M.A. Choral Conducting and Pedagogy – The University of Iowa
- M.M. Vocal Performance – University of Minnesota
- B.A. Vocal Music Education – St. Olaf College
Marin Jacobson is Associate Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University, Irvine where she conducts two choral ensembles and teaches a variety of courses in the music department. She brings a wealth of experience in collegiate, church, community, school, and studio settings to her work at Concordia. She has conducted performances of the Grinnell College Community Chorus, the University of Iowa Kantorei, and the University of Iowa Women’s Chorale. As musical director and conductor of the Ames Chamber Artists, an auditioned adult community choir, Dr. Jacobson initiated a series of collaborative concerts with the Central Iowa Symphony, the Ames Children’s Choirs, and several area high schools. Dr. Jacobson has also served as a Lutheran church musician for over twenty years, providing worship leadership as an organist, pianist, and conductor of choral and handbell ensembles for children and adults. While working as an elementary music teacher, she founded the Mankato Children’s Chorus, a community chorus in Mankato, Minnesota. She enjoys mentoring students who are preparing to serve as church musicians, teachers, and performers.
She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has served as regional vice president for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Donne di Canto (women's choir)
- Conductor: Men's Chorus
- Music History
- Experiences in Music
- Aural Skills
Resident Faculty in Music, Director of Parish Music Program
- Doctor of Worship Studies – Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Jacksonville, FL)
- M.M. Organ Performance – University of Nebraska
- B.S. Education (music emphasis) – Concordia University (Seward, NE)
Carol R. (Schroeder) McDaniel is a part-time faculty member, teaching courses in Church Music, Aural Skills and Children’s Music Methods; she also serves as the music faculty representative on the Chapel Planning Committee. Carol recently celebrated 25 years in music ministry as a teacher, conductor, organist and parish music administrator. She received her B.S. in Education, with an emphasis in organ, music education and parish music, from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska in 1983. She was a graduate teaching assistant and received her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1985. She has studied with Charles W. Ore, Theodore Beck, David Held, Quentin Faulkner, George Ritchie, Marianne Webb, Michael Burkhardt and Esther Jones. She has taken additional coursework at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, University of California, Los Angeles, California, California State University, Fullerton, California, and Concordia University, Irvine, California. Carol serves full-time at Bethany Lutheran Church, Long Beach, California as Minister of Music/Organist, and is a frequent clinician and organist for Lutheran events in the southern California area. When she’s not at Concordia or Bethany, Carol enjoys writing new hymn texts for worship, in addition to spending time traveling with her husband Gary and their four children.
- Church Music
- Aural Skills