2017-18 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.


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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.

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Shan Abraham

Shan comes from one of the Eastern-rite Catholic churches called the Syro-Malabar church that has its roots in southern India. He came to the US six years ago to study statistics and has called Chicago home. His favorite sound is that of the jazz clarinet.

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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.

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Anabella Cabrera

Prior 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.

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Kathryn Cunningham

Kathryn has been involved in music and liturgy in the Archdiocese for over 40 years. Early in her vocal study she sang for the Northwest Indiana Opera, Theater as a soloist for The Chicago Businessmen’s Orchestra, a Messiah soloist and as a soloist cantor at numerous other Churches including The Schola of Holy Name Cathedral, Old St. Pats, The Basilica of our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Pompeii. As a retirement project she completed a Master’s of Theology from The Catholic Theological Union. After many years and experiences, without reservation, she will tell you that she is happiest to be “home” at ICSJ and has no intention of departing any time soon!

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Katherine (Kat) Dalin

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.

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Joan Marie Dauber

As a professional singer, Joan Marie specializes in Baroque and Classical concert music and art song of the last century, particularly American art songs. When she’s not at ICSJ, she teaches voice at Lyriq Music School in North Center and volunteers at PAWS Chicago, where she trains dogs and humans alike.

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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.

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Brian Goodman

Brian is excited to start his second season as percussionist for the ICSJ Music Ministry! Brian graduated Valedictorian from VanderCook College of Music with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2015. He then proceeded to teach maternity leave positions at both Oak Lawn Community High School for band and ICSJ for general music. After a year as band director at Jesse White Learning Academy, he began this current school year as 5th-8th grade band director at Finley Jr. High School in Chicago Ridge. In addition, Brian teaches a private studio to ten piano / guitar / percussion students. He currently resides in Merionette Park with his girlfriend Emily, his cat Oliver, and his French Bulldog Claude.

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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.

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Joan 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.

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Jennifer Nichilson

Jennifer, who joins ICSJ Music Ministry’s alto section, came to Chicago for her Masters in Vocal Performance at DePaul University. She received her Bachelors in Music from Davidson College in North Carolina. While she loves performing in a variety of styles, she is passionate about pursuing a career in opera. Jennifer performs regularly in both Chicago and North Carolina and is so thankful to be a part of this incredible ICSJ family!

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Kendall Rak

Kendall joined the ICSJ Music Ministry this season. In addition to singing tenor, he occasionally harmonizes via the string equivalent, which is the cello. Outside of music, Kendall enjoys golf and reading, and he is an avid fan of White Sox baseball. He currently works for a global engineering, procurement, and construction firm located outside Chicago.

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Rob Snyder

Robert is a Central Illinois native who bleeds Orange & Blue (Illini) but socializes Purple (Northwestern). Robert’s vocal history includes several church choirs, a couple a cappella groups, and choirs all through school. In his spare time, he plays tennis and teaches Latin Dance. His day job is in Change Management, helping organizations continuously reinvent themselves.

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Daniel Stromfeld

Daniel, bass-baritone, is a graduate student at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Daniel also completed his undergraduate degrees at Northwestern, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Communication, along with a certificate in Music Theatre Performance. Daniel recently performed at Northwestern as Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion, and was a featured soloist in the United States premiere of La Révolution Française by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. In addition to singing, Daniel works as a freelance pianist and voiceover artist in the Chicagoland area. Daniel is fortunate to already feel very welcome here at ICSJ, and he looks forward to developing new relationships.

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Katie Trnka

Katie, soprano, studied Voice at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She is also an accomplished Violinist, with 35 years of training. She looks forward to sharing her talents with the ICSJ community.

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Alexa Ulrich

Alexa is new to the ICSJ Music Ministry team this year and is honored and delighted to be glorifying God through song with such a wonderful parish community.

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Anne Viancourt

Anne is a graduate of ICSJ School and is a currently a sophomore at St. Ignatius College Prep. She has sung with the Chicago Children’s Choir, the ICSJ School and Church Choir, and the St. Ignatius Choir. This is her second year with the ICSJ Church Choir.

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Bryant Young

Bryant, baritone, is a concert artist who performs in recitals and other events year-round throughout the Chicagoland area. He is a native of the city, and grew up in the south side Washington Heights community. In his leisure time, Bryant enjoys listening to music (he is aconnoisseur/collector of the art form), caring for his houseplants, and reading. He is also a history enthusiast. Bryant’s wife, Kim Young, serves on the ICSJ Greeter’s Ministry. They have one son and three grand-daughters.

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Greg Zawada

Greg is overjoyed to be a part of the ICSJ Music Ministry family.  Having joined in 2016 and now moving into his second year as the Tenor Section Leader, Greg is happy to have such a wonderful congregation to call home.  He splits his time between an IT job downtown and the Chicago theatre scene, and is a diehard fan of all things Chicago (go Cubs!). 

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Valerie Zawada

Valerie was introduced to the ICSJ Music Ministry though her big brother, Greg. Valerie recently moved to Rogers Park after completing her MA in Cultural Policy in Dublin, Ireland. She works for a food pantry in Edgewater, and recently started her own consulting business for artists and creative organizations (Spreag Consulting). Her confirmation saint is Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and Valerie is indeed delighted to be making music again! She holds her BA in Theatre and International Business from St. Ambrose University. 

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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.