Michael Gagne - Minister of Music
Michael Gagne has lived in the Chicagoland area all of his life. He currently resides in Deerfield, Ill., and is no stranger to
Chi-town or Arlington Heights.
Michael is an active concert organist performing all over Illinois. Some notable churches that Michael has performed at have been St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, North Park Covenant Church in Chicago, and various churches around the Chicagoland area.
Michael graduated from North Park University (Chicago) with a BA in Music. He has been the senior accompanist to the North Park University Women's Chorale (under the direction of Professor Tom Tropp) and has been on the Worship Team playing the organ at North Park as well as accompanying various student ensembles.
Some of Michael's instructors have been Dr. Marilyn Kay Stulken of Racine, Wisconsin; Dr. Marcia van Oyen, and Dr. David Christiansen of Park Ridge. Currently, Michael is studying the organ at North Park under the instruction of Mr. Leon Nelson. At North Park, Michael is in demand as an accompanist. In the Fall of 2009, Michael took up the role as Interim University Choir accompanist.
Michael has also participated in several Organ master classes across the U.S. Some notable instructors that taught the master classes were Dr. John Weaver, Christa Rakich, J. Christopher Pardini (former organist of the Crystal Cathedral); Ken Cowan, Samuel Metzger (former senior organist of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church), and Diane Bish all of which were highly receptive of Michael's performance at the organ.
When Michael is not busy conducting or playing the organ/piano, you can find him cruising on the open roads or at one of his favorite wings/pizza restaurants in the northern suburbs.
If you are interested in learning more about the Music Ministry program here at Faith, please do not hesitate to talk to Michael.