Music Staff

Michael ConradyMichael Conrady, AAGO

Organist and Choirmaster

Groups Directed

St. Thomas Aquinas Choir
St. Francis of Assisi Choir
Schola Cantorum Gregorii
Palestrina Singers

Education

BBA, Baylor U
MTS, SMU
MSMus, SMU
MMus, SMU
DMin, SMU (in progress)

Professional Certifications

Carillonneur Member, Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), 1999
Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (CAGO), 2005
Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO), 2007

Biography

A native of Anthony, Kansas, and a fourth generation Catholic organist, Mr. Conrady began playing in church at an early age. His organ teachers include James Strand, Joyce Jones, Larry Palmer, and Jesse Eschbach. While at university, he was the first place winner of the 1998 William Hall Organ Competition. He directed music programs in a number of Catholic parishes in the Austin and Dallas Dioceses before coming to St. Thomas Aquinas in 2006. Mr. Conrady currently serves as a commissioner of the Liturgical Commission for the Dallas Diocese. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, composing, and going on trips with his Boxer, Blaze.

Philosophy of Sacred Music

“Music is a unique way in which we can participate in God's creation by creating places of beauty and order in the world. Whether through instrumental selections or sacred song, music has the potential to reach people on a plane beyond that of mere words. It elevates our prayer, ennobles our suffering, and quickens our joy. It is a remarkable tool by which God reaches the very hearts of his people through our human efforts. I am thankful for this gift, and grateful to have been called to St. Thomas to share in the daily journeys and special moments with so many wonderful people.”

“Soli Deo Gloria!”


Carol Anne TaylorCarol Anne Taylor

Assistant Organist and Choirmaster
and Director of Children’s Choirs

Groups Directed

Choirmaster, Cantate Children’s Choir
Choirmaster, Jubilate Children’s Choir
Choirmaster, St. Thomas Boys Choir
Choirmaster, St. Thomas Girls Choir

Education

BChMus, Louisiana College
MMus, University of North Texas

Professional Certifications

Carillonneur Member, Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) - year
Level III Certification, Orff-Schulwerk Association
Bronze Award (Voice for Life), Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

Biography

Carol Anne Taylor is an active member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and has taken choristers to RSCM summer courses for the last 5 years. While earning her Master of Music Degree at the University of North Texas, she studied with Madame Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier. She is active in the American Guild of Organists and currently serves as Hospitality Co-chair on the 2017 AGO Regional Convention Steering Committee. Carol Anne was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and has performed carillon concerts at many noted venues across the United States. An avid runner, Carol Anne has completed 30 marathons to date and continues to train for future races.

Philosophy of Sacred Music

“Singing in the children’s choir program at my church was a significant influence in the deepening of my faith and my development as a church musician.  It was not just another activity but an important part of following the call we have as disciples to develop our faith and share it with our world.  My main goal is to enrich the hearts, minds and souls of the choristers through sacred music and participation in the liturgy.”


Tracy West

Choir Coordinator

Education

BS, John Carroll University
MBA, SMU Cox School of Business
MA in Arts Administration, SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Biography

Tracy’s background is in music administration, including jobs in operations, personnel, artistic administration, marketing and development. She has served on the staffs of the Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been a church musician for most of her life, and since 2008, has served as a flutist and member of the St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis Choirs. As Choir Coordinator, Tracy assists the Director of Music with the administrative duties of the Music Department.

Philosophy of Sacred Music

“I enjoy working with our talented staff and volunteers to put the music together for the liturgies at St. Thomas. The music at this parish is special in that it encompasses all of the traditions of Roman Catholic sacred music. Whether it is Gregorian chant, polyphony, major choral works, contemporary folk songs, or chestnuts of the organ repertoire, great music is always happening at St. Thomas! Music ministry is a powerful tool for bringing us all closer to God, and it is a privilege to be a part of it.”