New Staff Members
Music Director, Jesse Lange
Jesse, the director of our Chancel and Hand Bell choirs, is a lifelong Lutheran who grew up in Michigan. He is also the vocal music director at Cleveland Heights High School. He earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master in Choral Conducting Performance degrees from the University of Akron. Jesse is an active member of the Cleveland Chamber Chorus, and he is past associate conductor of the Singers Companye. He served as vocal music director of Faith Lutheran Church in Kent, Ohio for several years, and as the tenor soloist for First Congregational Church in Akron. Jesse and his wife, Marissa, also a musician, reside in Akron with their daughters, Wilhelmina and Matilda.
organist, Celina Kobetitsch
Celina’s love for music began at age three when she began taking piano lessons. Celina is currently an undergraduate student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music majoring in piano performance and minoring in organ performance. She has been enrolled in Oberlin’s Sacred Music Skills course, and has visited Holland and Northern Germany to study historic organs with the Oberlin organ department. Celina has performed at a number of solo piano and organ recitals, plays chamber music with other instrumentalists and vocalists, and has participated in a number of piano competitions, festivals and ensembles. She also enjoys teaching piano to intermediate students. Celina’s other interests include psychology, writing, and outdoor activities.