~ Our Musicians ~

 

Brad Batz,
Assistant Minister of Music
 
 
 
Brad Batz has a M.M. in Music Performance of Multiple Woodwinds from New Jersey City University where he was a Graduate Assistant teaching woodwind methods and conducting wind ensemble. He also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Nazareth, and Studies in Jazz Composition from The Eastman School of Music.

 

He is Director of Jazz Studies at Nazareth College. Prior to being our Assistance Minister of Music, he was a Liturgical Musician at Greece Baptist Church.

Brad is an active woodwind doubler and jazz musician in and around the tri-state area. He freelances and plays with various groups including Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk, Brad Batz Group, Genesee Valley Band, Nostalgic Reunion, Roger Eckers Big Band, and Spanky Haschmann Swing Orchestra. Brad has performed as musical director for Martha Reeves and has performed as opening act for Joan Rivers, 10,000 Maniacs, and Bruce Hornsby. He has also shared the stage with Jazz Greats, including Jimmy Health, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, Eddie Palmieri, Frank Wess, Joe Lovano, Paul Smoker, as well as R and B greats, Freddie Greene and Mic Gillette and Tom Politzer of Tower of Power.

Holley Haynes,
Children’s Choir Director
 
 
At St. Paul’s Holley Haynes guides the elementary and preschool children in spiritual and musical growth. She does this by leading the Sunday school children in song on a weekly basis, organizing the Christmas Pageant, and leading the music for summer Vacation Bible School program. 

 

Holley Haynes has been devoted to teaching music to young children for 17 years. Holley teaches preschool at the Mendon Community Nursery School  (MCNS) in Mendon, NY. At MCNS she is the lead teacher for their 3 year-old class and their Music and Literature classes. She also supervises and mentors music education student teachers at SUNY Fredonia. Prior to moving to the Rochester area in 2009, she taught at Temple University’s early childhood music program and in the public schools in New Jersey. Recently, several of Holley’s songs and lesson plans have been accepted for publication in the upcoming book Music Play II: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum.  

 

Holley Haynes has a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University and a Master of Music Education from Temple University. She is a faculty member for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning in early childhood music. Holley shares her expertise with parents, undergraduate students, teachers, and music educators in the United States and China through presentations and workshops. 

Jeremy Jelinek, 
Interim Minister of Music
 
 
Jeremy Paul Jelinek is an organ student in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. In 2016-2017 he studied in the organ studio of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard. He received the highest distinction (prix) of très bien each in Gregorian Chant, organ performance, French language, and organ improvisation. In France, concert venues included St-Ouen, Rouen, the Royal Chapel of Versailles, Notre Dame de Paris, among several others. In 2015, he received First Prize in the RCYO Quimby Mid-Atlantic Region Competition, and performed at the 2016 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas. He appeared in public broadcast on Pipedreams Live, hosted by American Public Media. In 2016, he received Eastman’s “Gerald Barnes Award” for Excellence in Pipe Organ. Jeremy is the recipient of several national scholarship competitions. He was featured as one of the “20 under 30 outstanding young talents” in the international organ journal, The Diapason (2017). Among all, Sacred Music is his truest joy. During his time in Paris, he maintained a rigorous study of Gregorian Chant at l’école du Chœur Grégorien de Paris. He has held various church posts at Calvary Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal,  and Most Holy Name of Jesus and St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Chapel (Pittsburgh). From 2014 to 2016, he was Roy E. Vandelinder, Jr. Fellow and member of the Schola Cantorum of Christ Episcopal Church (Rochester). There, in 2015, he was the first recipient of the “Hook and Hastings Prize” in recognition for “extraordinary improvisation and composition skills and work with the Youth Ensemble.” In 2016, he was awarded the distinguished “Roy E. Vandelinder Jr. Prize.” Jeremy currently upholds the position of Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, (Pittsford). Finally, Jeremy is a composer, notably of choral works, and has written for several ensembles.