Music Staff

Michael ConradyDr. Michael Conrady, AAGO

Organist and Choirmaster

Groups Directed

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


BBA, Baylor U

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


A native of Anthony, Kansas, and a fourth generation Catholic organist, Dr. 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. Dr. Conrady serves as a commissioner of the Liturgical Commission for the Dallas Diocese. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and composing music.

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 hearts of his people through our human efforts. I am grateful to have been called to St. Thomas to share in the daily journeys and special moments with the people of God.”

“Soli Deo Gloria”

Tracy West

Choir Coordinator


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


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.”