Jon Madden, 
Minister of Music
 
 
Jonathan Thomas Madden is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition. Jon is a former member of the internationally-renowned St. Olaf Choir, serving as principal ensemble pianist, bass section leader, and secretary/treasurer for the ensemble. A four-year member of and pianist for the Gospel Choir of St. Olaf, Jon also served as co-director of this student-led ensemble his senior year. Among other on-campus roles, Jon worked as a piano tutor and a Classroom Assistant for Music Theory/Aural Skills as well as Basic Conducting classes, and was a member of the Music Department Student Committee. From 2018-2020, he served as the Choir Director and Organist at Highview Christiania Lutheran Church in Farmington, MN. Jon studied piano with Christopher Atzinger, organ with James E. Bobb, and composition with Timothy Mahr. He has also studied privately with Jake Runestad.

Jon is an award-winning composer, having his works recognized at both national and state levels. Most notably, he was awarded 2nd place in the 2019 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Brock Student Composition Competition. Other awards and recognitions for his writing have come from the National Association for Music Education, New York State School Music Association, The Choral Project (San Jose, CA), and True Concord’s Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition (Tucson, AZ). His pieces have been performed by seven of the large ensembles at St. Olaf, including choirs, bands, and orchestras, and in the Spring of 2018, his music made its international debut as the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra from Rochester, NY brought one of his works on their tour to Portugal and Spain. Jon is passionate about bringing the voices of living composers into the sacred music canon.

A native of Rochester, NY (and a member of the Fairport High School Class of 2016), Jon remains active in local musical theater as a pit musician and music director. In the Fall of 2020 he will serve as accompanist for the Fairport High School choirs. Jon enjoys taking long walks around his hometown, is an avid baseball fan, and enjoys baking and cooking. Jon aspires to pursue graduate studies in Choral Conducting in the future.

 

Past Events
 
 
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.