Instrumental Ensemble Track

Bobby Fisher – Program Director, Instrumental Ensemble, Guitar, Keyboard, Mandolin, Ukulele

Bobby Fisher is a world-renowned musician, music producer, recording artist, composer, and clinician. He has served a number of years as program director for the NPM Guitar Schools, Guitar and Ensemble Institutes, and most recently, the Bobby Fisher Ensemble Formation Program (BFEFP). For over 25 years, he has been the music director of St. Agnes Parish in Ft. Wright, KY. For the past 4 years, he has been the music director of the Share the Journey (A Concert for Compassion) series (https://shareinthehope.com). Bobby has recorded and produced a number of his own recordings and has worked as a producer and guest musician on countless others. With his daughter, Serenity, and her husband, Michael G. Ronstadt, he currently records and performs with Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts. Bobby has recorded and published a number of music collections for OCP, GIA, Franciscan Media, and Heart to Heart Ministries and is the author of “The Pastoral Guitarist,” a guitar instructional book, and “The Liturgical Guitarist,” an instructional video. As a children’s recording artist, Bobby is best known for “Hymns and Hers for Happy Hearts,” a collection of fun and creative music for young and old children. His best-selling collections include Play Before God, Guitar Prayer, Catholic Classics Vol. III, If We Dare to Hope, and Go Out and Tell. Bobby lives in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife and family.

Jaime Cortez – Instrumental Ensemble. Guitar, Keyboard

Jaime Cortez holds a degree in music composition from Arizona State University. He has served as a pastoral musician for over 30 years in the Diocese of Phoenix, currently as the Director of Liturgy & Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, AZ.  As a clinician, Jaime has dedicated his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship. He is a teacher of instruments and of music ensembles, gives several workshops on pastoral music ministry, and presents parish missions in English and in Spanish. Primarily a guitarist, he is proficient in piano and string instruments, including the charango, vihuela, and bass guitar. He lives in Mesa, AZ with his wife Kari (a pastoral musician) and their three sons (also pastoral musicians). 

Frank Jansen – Instrumental Ensemble, Keyboards

Frank Jansen has been a professional musician for almost 40 years. He has served in parish ministry for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from California State University at San Bernardino. He has a Master’s from Santa Clara University where he received his degree in Liturgical Music with an emphasis on composition. He writes in a wide variety of styles including Sacred, Gospel, Rock, Country, Jazz, and Classical. These works include choral music, piano music, String Quartets, Woodwind Quintets, and a Symphony. In addition, he has composed in the Musical Theatre genre including a musical entitled, “Somebody.” This is a two-person, one-woman show with 23 songs and a prelude. It premiered at a theatrical conference in Iowa in March of 2008.
He has been an educator for over 20 years at Columbia Middle School in El Monte, CA. He directs the Performing Arts department and teaches Band, Choir, Piano, and Theatre.
Frank tours extensively as an accompanist for his wife, ValLimar Jansen. Besides ministering and performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Caribbean countries such as St. Kitts, and St. Maarten, he had the privilege of performing for the Pope and over 400,00 people in Loreto, Italy in the summer of 2007. During the summer of 2016, he and ValLimar performed at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. This week-long event was attended by more than 2,000,000 people.
Frank has performed with Jaime Cortez, Tom Booth, Sara Hart, Tom Kendzia, Marty Haugen, Bob Hurd, as well as many other well-known Catholic composers. Frank and his wife, ValLimar have released the following CDs: Anointing (Spirit and Song), You Gotta Move,(Spirit and Song), African American Sacred Songs (GIA), and Ethel (AFW Music). Frank has produced a great number of CDs, including ValLimar’s Christmas CD (Rejoice). He has arranged for many projects, including ValLimar’s, African American Sacred Songs, and her recent release, Spirit & Soul.

Dr. Ken Gilman, Ph.D., – Instrumental Ensemble, Obligato, Mandolin, Violin, and more

Ken recently retired from his 16 years as music director at St. Michael & All Angels in Albuquerque. He returned to the back row as an obbligatist on a variety of instruments – mandolin, bouzouki, violin, octave viola, bass mandolin, etc. The banjo has even snuck in a time or two. He loves thinking through what diverse musical elements do to enhance the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements in the ensemble, as well as an ensemble as a community. With roots in the music of the Celtic Diaspora, he has played in bands in New England and Europe as well as the Southwest. As a semi-retired psychologist and mediator, he works with first responders, especially around issues of teamwork, communication, and burnout.

Vocal Ensemble Track

Steve Petrunak – Vocal Ensemble, Guitar

Steve Petrunak is the Director of Music at St. Blase Parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan where he has served in music ministry for more than 43 years. He is a composer, recording artist, author, editor, and clinician. Steve was the President/CEO of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians for nearly 4 years and served two terms as a member of the NPM Board of Directors. He has recorded and produced multiple recordings, has written the book with his pastor Fr. Randy Phillips entitled “Managing Music Ministry” and a three-volume liturgical guitar methodology entitled “Beyond Strumming,” all with GIA Publications. Steve has also recorded more than 800 guitar-based instrumental recordings distributed across multiple streaming and download platforms (including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music). Steve lives in Washington, Michigan with his wife Ruth.

Lynné Gray – Vocal Ensemble, Voice, Keyboard

Lynné is a respected liturgist, arranger, director, and composer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America, with additional voice and organ training. A respected vocal coach and accompanist, she shares her love of voice in ministry throughout the United States. As a liturgist and worship leader, she has served on the Arch-Diocese of Washington Liturgical Music Committee and given numerous workshops. She is currently the Director of the Archdiocesan Gospel Mass Choir. Lynné was blessed in 2008 to direct the Gospel Mass Choir during the Mass for Pope Benedict XVI.

Anna Betancourt – Vocal Ensemble, Voice

Anna Betancourt is a professional singer, songwriter, music director, and workshop presenter. She has worked as music director, choral director, and cantor in various parishes of Southern California. She has more than 35 years of experience working with various choirs including youth, children’s, adult, contemporary, traditional, Spanish, and handbells choirs.
Anna graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she studied voice and where she also worked as assistant director of Liturgy and Music. At the archdiocesan level, she has served as a music committee member, a member of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Liturgy Committee, and a board member for The National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Anna’s voice can be heard on more than 50 recordings, including some by Bob Hurd, Tony Alonso, John Angotti, Jaime Cortez, and Marty Haugen.  Anna’s personal Spanish collection is Published through OCP and presents inspiring songs for liturgy, worship groups, or retreats. Her music is also featured in the collection Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Anna is also a member of The Collegeville Composers published through Liturgical Press.
Anna is a national speaker and presenter at various conferences and workshops on music and liturgy. Most recently, Anna was music director at Saint Polycarp Catholic Church in the Diocese of Orange and cantor for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition, Anna was Director of the Spanish Choir at the Cathedral for 11 years. Anna is on the Music Advisory Board for the Diocese of Orange and serves on the Board of Director of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Anna’s passion is for liturgical music and a singing assembly. In October 2021, Anna joined the faith community of St. Angela Merici in the city of Brea, Ca as their new Music Director.
Anna is married to Mike, her husband of 26 years and together they have two boys, Matthew and Samuel. Mike and Anna are in year 3 of Diaconate formation through the Diocese of Orange.

Retreat Track

ValLimar Jansen – Retreat

A highly regarded inspirational/catechetical speaker, singer, composer, and recording artist. She is also a college professor, worship and prayer leader, and workshop presenter at conferences across the US and abroad.

Additional Faculty

Brian Malone – Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble, Percussion

Brian is one of the most in-demand percussionists and educators in the midwest. He has been at All Saints Catholic Church for over seventeen years. He is a regular performer at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and has performed from New York to the Kennedy Center, to South America.

Jeff “Mac” McLemore – Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble, Bass Guitar

Most musicians in the Cincinnati area know “Mac” as the “first call” for bass guitar, a veritable driving force for both onstage and studio performance. After the release of his first solo guitar studio album, Jazz with Friends,  Mac put himself in a league of his own.

Peter Maher – Technology, Co-Webmaster

Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America in 1978. He is currently enjoying retirement after a varied career, including stints as an Executive Chef, Owner-Operator of a highly successful computer operations company, and sixteen years with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Peter began his career fifty-three years ago as an ensemble musician in 1969 when Sister Maureen, who knew he played guitar, asked him to help form the first “folk group” in the parish. Aside from a few breaks for life and jobs along the way, he has been an ensemble musician since.

Dr. Mary Dumm, D.Min. – Liturgy

Dr. Mary Dumm, D.Min. is the Pastoral Associate at St Blase Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Additionally, she teaches at Siena Heights University and SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary. Her areas of study include Scripture, Liturgy, and Sacrament. Also, Mary has enjoyed participating in ventures with LTP, NPM, and other organizations that serve the people of God and their worship. When she’s not locked to her computer or in pre-Covid life running around the country giving workshops, she can be found with a book in her hand, cross-stitch in her lap, or diligently (albeit unsuccessfully) learning chord shapes.

Rev. Randall Phillips – Spirituality

Fr. Randy Phillips was ordained a priest on December 10, 1983, which is the feast day of Thomas Merton. He earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1988. “My vision of leadership is neither to be out in front, pulling people along, nor pushing from behind. I believe one leads from within the midst of the community. A continuous ring of concentric circles would be a good image of my style. I place a high priority on worship because the Sunday Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. This is where all ministry begins and to where all ministry returns. I also place a high priority on social justice, striving to seek first the Reign of God by standing with the poor, oppressed, and the outcasts of our society and of our church.”  In addition to serving as pastor of St. Blase Parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Fr. Randy is an adjunct instructor of theology for Siena Heights University, a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and a regular contributor to Pastoral Liturgy magazine.

Rob Ellig – Luthier

Master Luthier, with over thirty-five years experience, Guitar Tech, and Concert Promoter, owner of Ellig String Instruments. Rob will be available to inspect and perform repairs on guitars and other string instruments throughout the week. An additional fee will be required, based on the work to be completed.

Andrew Wallace – Audio System Technology

Andy is an experienced professional with over thirty years of experience in Music and Liturgy including Musician, Songwriter, Arranger, Clinician, Composer, Singer, and Performer, He has managed hundreds of volunteers through his daily work in Liturgy, Audio-Visual and Music. He has successfully managed and arranged music for many ensembles including traditional, contemporary, and Praise and Worship Bands.

Mary Lou Cantrell – Chief of Staff

Mary Lou Cantrell is a joyful guitarist who has been a dedicated music minister for over 45 years. She has served as an Ensemble Member, Co-Director, or Ensemble Director in many military and civilian parishes in the US, Europe, and Asia. When Mary Lou’s family relocated to the Northern Virginia area in 2004, Mary Lou accepted a position as the Ensemble Accompanist at St. Dominic Church in Washington, DC., where she continues to serve. When not at St. Dominic’s, she works at the Hattie M. Strong Foundation. She lives in Springfield, VA, with her husband, JC, and they have two adult children.