Bradley Kauffman is a conductor, composer, writer, and teacher who works to center marginalized voices. He was the project director and general editor for Voices Together (2020), a new hymnal for congregations in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Community singing has been an animating force throughout Bradley’s life. Innovative programming, artistic acuity, and humor are hallmarks of his work, drawing singers together to shape memorable performances.
Bradley earned degrees from Goshen College, where he studied with Doyle Preheim, and the University of Iowa under the mentorship of Timothy Stalter. He has lived and worked in Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, and Indiana. In demand as a guest conductor, Bradley has conducted Muse (Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir), the Reno County Choral Society (Kansas), as well as numerous high school festivals. He led the Hesston College (Kansas) Bel Canto Singers on domestic tours spanning 24 states and he conducted 4 European tours during his time in Kansas.
Bradley teaches vocal music at Bethany Christian Schools. He lives in Goshen’s Shanklin Millrace neighborhood with his spouse, Renee Kanagy, and their children, Lucca and Rowan.
Goshen native Mary Rose Norell began her piano studies with Marvin Blickenstaff and holds bachelor and masters degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and her doctorate in piano performance from Northwestern University. Dr. Norell has developed a unique and thriving career in music, performing both home and abroad, appearing in such venues as the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Oxford University in England, and LCC International University in Lithuania. She performs often as the Norell Piano Duo with her husband Luke Norell and has soloed with ensembles such as the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, the Maple City Community Orchestra and the Elkhart County Symphony.
After earning first runner-up prize in the Grieg Festival in Florida’s Young Artist Competition, Mary Rose was invited to perform in Norway at Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg. This has led to her became a founding board member of the Edvard Grieg Society of America, which aims to promote the music and writings of Grieg.
Involved in musical outreach, Mary Rose has partnered with the Ravinia Festival in inner-city Chicago schools and created the Music Crew children’s choir with her husband at the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart. An active teacher, Dr. Norell currently serves as Director of the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, where she also leads her own studio.