SAT JAN 7th – Concert at 4PM – Supper to Follow at 5PM

Craig Jordan and Brandin Kreuder 

Bring your friends and neighbors to this special concert on Saturday, January 7, at 4:00 p.m. with a special all-church, community-wide supper to follow at 5 p.m. These two young, extremely talented musicians will be presenting a musical program they are titling “Pathways!” It will feature music from some of the world’s most beloved composers: Beethoven, Prokofiev, Debussy, and Vaughn Williams.

Brandin Kreuder, violinist, has traveled and performed in orchestras and recitals around the USA and abroad. Kreuder began violin at age 10 in the Burlington, WI, public schools. At age 14, he was accepted into the first violin section of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has performed in leadership positions with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. He has attended music festivals in Green Lake, WI, and Sewanee, TN. In 2014, Brandin held an internship and participated in the Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Performance Institute where he studied with Marilyn McDonald and Cynthia Roberts. Recently, Kreuder developed an interest in Opera and Musical Theater chamber orchestras, working for the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA, as an orchestra member in 2015. This past summer, Brandin spent two weeks performing in the chamber orchestra for the Franco American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Périgueux, France. Brandin’s principal teachers include Patricia Anders, Samantha George, and Scott Flavin. Brandin aims to continue working in both music and art in his future as he is currently attending graduate school at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Craig Jordan, pianist, a sophomore at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, is pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under the teaching of Dr. Catherine Kautsky. Originally from Ames, he graduated from the Ballard in 2015. He previously studied with Sue Hudson of Des Moines and has had numerous coaching with piano faculty from Waldorf College, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa, Augustana College, the New England Conservatory of Music and New York University; also attending music camps and festivals at many of these institutions. Craig has collaborated with many small and large ensembles including the Ballard choirs, the Iowa All-State Choir, soloists for the Wisconsin NATS competition, and is currently working as the pianist in a piano quartet at Lawrence. Craig studied at the Interharmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy this past summer studying both solo and collaborative performance. Craig has been broadcast on Iowa Public Television multiple times as the accompanist for the Iowa All-State Choirs, Runner-up for the Terrace Hill Piano Competition, and most recently as a finalist in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair.


Our CEMT group and “Kids on a Mission” are planning and preparing and serving a fine meal following the “Pathways” concert to celebrate the start of the season of Epiphany. The meal will begin following the concert at approximately 5 p.m. and go until the food runs out.


Iowa Ham Balls, Nicole’s Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans Almondine, a contest for “Jell-O salads”, and a fun dessert, along with rolls and beverages. There will be a free-will donation with the proceeds going to an area mission project.