Dr. Suzanne Pence

Sharing the word of God through many styles of music in order to enhance the worship experience for all. Email: drpence2009@gmail.com

Where did you grow up and how did you make your way to Austin?
I grew up in Elgin, Illinois. In 1996 I came to UT-Austin as an assistant professor in choral music education. I was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2002.

What is your former work experience?
I taught high school choral music in Missouri for six years before going to the University of Missouri at Kansas City where I received a doctorate in choral conducting. My first college position was at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I was there for two years before coming to UT. I have held a church choir position in Methodist churches in Wichita, Kansas, and Prairie Village, Kansas. Here in Austin, I was the director of music at Highland Park Baptist Church for 13 years before coming to Oak Hill UMC.

When did you start at Oak Hill UMC?
June 2009

What are your primary duties?
I plan and direct the music for the 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. I supervise (lightly ;)) an incredible music staff of Kati Cox (assistant music director and director of children and youth music), Cathy Ingersoll (director of Hillside Ringers, and staff accompanist) and Sheryl Stack (organist).

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love teaching anthems to the ALL-VOLUNTEER Chancel Choir and shaping their singing. I am blessed to work with incredibly dedicated people who love the Lord and love to sing.

How does your position help minister to others?
I believe music speaks deeply to each individual in different ways. When words do not bring understanding and comfort, music will. I also know that the choir is a special family, and they support each other with prayer and friendship.

What is one thing that few people know about you?
On my 50th birthday I went skydiving! And loved it.

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