Organist and Hand Bell Director
Growing up as the daughter of a pastor, Katie Moss says “The church was always part of our family. Being a part of a praying and worshiping community is very important.”
Katie was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, when she was 11. Katie played the piano though high school and started playing the organ in college at Concordia University-Wisconsin in Milwaukee and received her Master’s in Organ Performance from Indiana University. She’s been Messiah’s organist since November 2017.
She enjoys learning new music, especially if it challenges her, and playing Bach and pre-Bach music from 1750 or earlier. She’s currently working on her dissertation for her Doctor of Music degree, which is on Twin Cities composer David Evan Thomas. “His pieces are more challenging than other new organ pieces tend to be,” she says. “I love that his music is accessible and interesting.”
Learning new Methodist hymns has been interesting for Katie as well. While the Methodist and Lutheran hymnals that Katie grew up with share many of the same pieces, there are unique hymns that are a part of each denomination’s history. Many Lutheran hymns are translated from their rich German tradition, while many Methodist hymns were originally written in English. “The poetry is really beautiful,” Katie says.
Katie and her husband, Matt, just moved to Maple Grove. Matt is a pastor at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Corcoran.
Katie can be found practicing organ at Messiah on Thursday and Friday mornings, where she tries to find pieces that are tied to the hymns the congregation will be singing each week. She also plays in recitals and likes to accompany choirs and groups on both organ and piano.
When she’s not playing organ, Katie loves to read historical fiction and fantasy (she’s currently re-reading Ken Follet’s Century Trilogy), play with her 11-month-old Labrador, Porter, and cook and bake bread from scratch. She and Matt are also enjoying getting to know the Twin Cities.