Andrew Haase Director of Music
Andy became Music Director at St. Andrew’s in 2022, after a 20-year tenure as choral director at Hudson (WI) High School. He holds a BA from Luther College, and a MM in Conducting and Choral Literature from Northern Arizona University. Andy also serves as Artistic Director of River City Chorale in Hudson, WI.
Bill Chouinard Organist and Music Coordinator
Bill has served at St. Andrew’s since 1988 as organist and pianist, as well as a bassist on both electric and upright bass. He studied organ and church music at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and the University of Minnesota. Bill has been a church musician since age 13, as organist, accompanist, arranger and a collaborative artist for concerts and recordings. He has performed on the American Public Media radio program “Pipedreams,” and has made numerous recordings on St. Andrew’s 1927 rebuilt Casavant organ.
Sara Renner Contemporary Worship Director
Sara has served as Contemporary Worship Director at St. Andrew’s since 2010. She has been a professional singer, songwriter, recording artist and worship leader in the Twin Cities for 25 years. At St. Andrew’s, she leads the Gathering Band: Tonia Hughes Kendrick (Vocals), David Young (guitar), Enrique Toussaint (bass), Matt Novachis (drums) and Jared Rush (keyboard).
Kristin has served as an accompanist at St. Andrew’s since 1988, where she accompanies the church vocal choirs in addition to soloists for church services, as well as playing for musicals and other church events. Kristin holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree from University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She is employed by the White Bear Lake public schools as a speech-language pathologist.
Julie Conzemius Conductor, Middle School Choir
Julie has taught music and theatre at Mahtomedi Schools since 1999, and has been a youth choir director at St. Andrew’s since 2021. She has a BA in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College and a MM in Music Education from Boston University.
Charles Gray Conductor, St. Andrew's Orchestra
Charles is professor of music at St. Olaf College and has been a regular viola performer with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College, an MM from the University of Michigan and a chamber music certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Dianne Nash Music Department Administrative Support
Dianne has served at St. Andrew’s since 2003, and has been a member of St. Andrew’s choir for 20+ years. She also served as administrator for her husband’s engineering and specialty chemical companies.
Miriam Walen Sikora Conductor, Choristers
Miriam is a retired classroom teacher, intervention specialist and literacy coach. She has been on St. Andrew’s staff for 25+ years, leading Choristers and preschool Sunday School music. Miriam initially sang with St. Andrew’s early contemporary worship band Good News at 6. Miriam has a BA from Augsburg College and a MS in elementary education from Purdue University.
Jennifer (Twink) StarrConductor, Celebration Singers
Twink has worked with St. Andrew’s youth choirs since 1996. She directed choirs for 34 years for South Washington (MN) County Schools, and has also taught private piano and voice. Twink has music education degrees from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and University of Illinois.