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Mark Stahura

Mark Stahura is the Director of Music at St. Clement's. His academic background includes a Bachelor's degree from Carleton College, a Master's in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, followed by a Doctorate in Music History and Theory from The University of Chicago. An academic career was not to be, so Mark has held day jobs in retail, marketing, fulfillment, strategy, and now web development. His current (and very happily long-term) day job is as Senior Director of Digital Resources and Business Intelligence at Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the ELCA, where he oversees both the building and ongoing life of web software for churches, web stores, blogging sites, marketing sites, and digital publishing tools, and also market research and sales analysis for the company.

Recent Posts

Simple Pluses for Advent and Christmas Worship

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 9:56:25 AM by Mark Stahura in Assembly Song, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Planning, in review-prelude

All of us church musicians are deep into the seasons that are upon us, seasons when the hopes and expectations for wonderful music are even higher. Prelude can help you add an extra something to worship, to make this season of anticipation and the coming season of celebration even more special.

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Music Planning Is Like...

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 3:09:18 PM by Mark Stahura in Planning

Music planning, I like to tell people, is like playing 3-D chess. Most people, including pastors/ministers/priests, don’t really understand all the factors that we have to take into account when planning music:

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