2018-19 ICSJ Music Ministry Team

The ICSJ Music Ministry Team is a talented, diverse, and spirit-filled group, dedicated to the vocation of Music Ministry here at ICSJ Parish. It is a blessing for the Team to be able to minister to the ICSJ Community through their music. Please take a moment and read about the Team's members, below, then say hello after Mass or at a parish event.


Kate Ryan,
Director of Music

Kate has been the Director of Music for ICSJ Parish since 2015. Kate's formal education includes an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, and a Masters Degree in Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music. Kate continued her studies at both The New England Conservatory of Music and The Longy School before moving to California, where she worked for ten years in music education and performance. Kate was a Adjunct Professor of voice and theatre at Santa Clara University, and has been a vocal coach and music director for the Bay Area's biggest stages. Kate is eager to make Chicago her home and become fully immersed in the vibrant ICSJ Parish community.


Shan Abraham

Shan is from the southern state of Kerala in India. He spent many years in Abu Dhabi as a kid before moving to India and finally came to the United States in 2011 to pursue a Masters in Statistics. He works for Capital One and could convince you on why he thinks the right place for a Capital One Card is your wallet. He feels extremely honored and blessed to be a part of the choir amongst amazing musicians and is especially happy to share the little corner space with fellow tenors Greg and Kendall.


Sophia Ahwazi

Sophia, mezzo-soprano, looks forward to singing as a cantor with the ICSJ music ministry team this year! A native of sunny California, Sophia resides in Chicago where she received her Bachelor’s of Music from Roosevelt University’s, Chicago College of Performing Arts. Recent roles include the role of Eustazio from the opera, Rinaldo and the role of the Announcer in the one act opera, Gallantry. She has also sung the title role Baba/Madame Flora (The Medium), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), and Diana Trapes and covered Polly Peachum (Beggars Opera). Sophia is excited for the upcoming season and is thankful to be apart of the ICSJ music family.


Mary Beugelsdijk

Mary is originally from Hutchinson, Kansas and has been playing trumpet for over 20 years, including 4 years in the Notre Dame Marching Band during college. Mary currently lives in Chicago where she enjoys playing trumpet every week at ICSJ for mass and the occasional wedding. When she’s not playing music, Mary works in marketing for MillerCoors and enjoys traveling, biking, and cooking.


Anabella Cabrera

rior to relocating to Chicago for work, Anabella performed regularly as a freelance violinist in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2013 with Culver City Symphony/Marina del Rey Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Burbank Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Carson Symphony and the Southeast Symphony. During that time she also performed in weddings, musicals, and operas throughout L.A., Orange, and Ventura counties. Anabella is pleased to be a part of the ICSJ Music Ministry since Fall 2016 as she feels it is the most important work she will do in her music and faith formation.


Katherine (Kat) Dalin

Kat is a professional musician and actress performing across the greater Chicago area. Her work includes everything from opera to musical theatre to Shakespeare to new theatre works to cabaret. When not onstage, she works as a music teacher, teaching preschool music/movement classes and voice/piano lessons for elementary to adult students and directs/music directs productions, particularly youth theatre.


Sylvia Fedrick

Sylvia is an award winning Contemporary Gospel/Christian recording Artist. At the young age of 4 years old, Sylvia’s father starting coaching her vocally and educating her about classic jazz, blues and gospel music. In the 1980’s Sylvia recorded and performed with Chicago groups Kasja and Rare Form. Sylvia launched as a solo artist in 2008 and now working on her 5th CD release.


Brian Goodman

Brian is in his third season as percussionist of the ICSJ Music Ministry team. He currently is in his second year teaching 5th-8th grade band in Chicago Ridge School District 127.5. Brian also freelance teaches and performs around the Chicagoland area. He resides in Merrionette Park with his fiancé, Emily, his dog, Claude, and his cat, Oliver.


Abby Grosch

Abby is a Mezzo-Soprano who is originally from Los Angeles, she moved to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University. She has been trained in a variety of styles including; contemporary, Broadway, baroque, and classical, with singing opera as her long term goal. Her favorite operatic rolls performed are Joe from Little Women, Zita from Gianni Schicchi, and Nicklaus in the Tales of Hoffman. Abby has performed in a variety of church settings, and is so thankful to god to share her gifts in the ICSJ music ministry!


Janet Knauff

Janet has been a member of the ICSJ parish since 2009. She joined the Music Ministry team in 2014 and lives in the area with her husband, Tom, also a member of the parish. They both are supporters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Chris MacGregor

Chris is so delighted to be part of the ICSJ music team this year! He has proudly performed with several regional Chicago theatre companies including the Paramount Theatre of Aurora (Mamma Mia), Music Theatre Works in Evanston (The Fantasticks, South Pacific), and the Capitol City Theatre of Madison, WI (Gypsy). Chris is happy to have the opportunity to share his gifts with the ICSJ community and blessed to be working with so many other talented musicians along the way.


Joan Elson Moore

Joan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as a French horn major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her Master’s degree in Music Education at Northern Illinois University, and also did coursework at the University of Iowa. Joan taught band and choir in Illinois, Iowa, and California, the majority at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois. She is principal horn in the Windy City Winds concert band and a proud member of the Marching Illini Alumni Band.


Laureen Obunde

Laureen is a fifteen-year-old exchange student from Kenya. In Kenya, Laureen is in the church choir and the school choir. She enjoys singing and is looking forward to being in the ICSJ choir for the rest of the year.


Kendall Rak

Kendall joined the ICSJ Music Ministry last year and is excited to begin another season. Kendall has a background in orchestral cello performance but rediscovered his love for singing after graduating college. In addition to music, he enjoys golf and White Sox baseball. He works as a mechanical engineer for an aerospace company in the suburbs.


Katie Trnka

Katie is a 2001 graduate of Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice). She is also an accomplished violinist, playing for the past 35 years. She is blessed to be part of ICSJ music ministry and church community.


Alexa Ulrich

Alexa is delighted to join the ICSJ Music Ministry Team for a second year. She is grateful to be a part of such a supportive and open-hearted community. When she isn’t singing, she manages front of house operations at a local theater. walks dogs, and teaches yoga. She loves her boyfriend, Chris (also part of the choir) and their dog, Penny.


Bryant Young

Bryant, lyric baritone, is a critically-acclaimed concert artist who performs regularly throughout the Chicagoland area. His stated mission is, “to uplift, inspire, and entertain humanity; and to use the art-form of music to help beautify the world.” He is also a history enthusiast who, when not on the concert stage, enjoys listening to music (the medium of which he is a connoisseur / collector), caring for his houseplants, reading, and spending time with family.


Greg Zawada

Greg is delighted to return to ICSJ for his fourth year. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Greg is an avid singer, having performed all over Chicago on stages large and small. When not performing, Greg can be found working as an IT professional in the Loop, or chasing his dog around the lakefront. He loves all things Chicago, and is blessed to call ICSJ his spiritual home.


Valerie Zawada

This is Valerie’s second year with the ICSJ Music Ministry, and she is blessed to have the opportunity to join her friends and family again in song! Valerie has a background in arts and culture, and holds her MA in Cultural Policy from University College Dublin, and her BA in International Business and Theatre from St. Ambrose University. Valerie works full time as a consultant in Market Research, and manages her own consulting business for artists and creatives on the side.


Aubrey Zelinski

Originally from Pittsburgh, Aubrey is a systems analyst for a technical consulting company in the Loop. Besides singing, she enjoys traveling, football, genealogy, and crochet.

Interested? We are always accepting new members! 

We rehearse at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings before the 11:00 Mass at St. Joseph Church. For more info, or to join, come talk to Director of Music Kate Ryan, or email her.