Dennis Sanders is a native of Flint, Michigan, the son of two retired autoworkers. He went to Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism.
Dennis graduated in 2001 from Luther Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2002. From 2004 to 2007, Dennis was the founding pastor of Community of Grace Christian Church in St. Paul. From 2008 until 2013 Dennis was Associate Pastor at First Christian Church in Minneapolis.
He lives with his husband Daniel in Minneapolis with their three cats Carlos and Henri and Pedro. You can follow Dennis at his blog A Clockwork Pastor where he blogs on faith and autism.
Born in rural western Pennsylvania, Luke Swanger began his piano studies at the age of four. He attended Johnson State College in Vermont where he studied with Diane Huling. While there, he completed a B.A. in piano performance and also accompanied the Cambridge Classic Chorale. His studies continued with Eli Kalman at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. There, he discovered a love for chamber music while working as a collaborator and accompanist. In the summer of 2011 he was the co-winner of the annual Rocky Ridge Concerto Competition (Estes Park, CO). He completed an M.M. in performance with Sergio Gallo at Georgia State University and has since relocated to South Minneapolis.
Luke recently joined the keyboard faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music. His passion for music serves as an inspiration to his students and through his support he helps them achieve their goals. Luke’s wide teaching experience includes instruction as a graduate assistant at GSU, as an employee for the Community Music Centers of Atlanta, and continues as a private instructor. He lives with his wife, Adia in Minneapolis.
Canadian pianist Jinsung (Winston) Kim began his piano studies at age nine. Formerly a scholarship student of Dr. Lawrence Jones in the Eckhardt-Grammate Conservatory of Music in Brandon, he recently completed his graduate studies (Master of Music) with Dr. Kyung Kim at Brandon University, where he received the President’s scholarship (full tuition) for outstanding performance and potential, and a full Graduate Assistantship.
A recipient of numerous awards, he most recently won the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Scholarship Competition. Jinsung has also won the Western Financial Group Insurance Tudor Bowl, and the Kaye and G.R. Rowe scholarship at the Brandon Festival of the Arts, where he was twice named top performer in at the BFA’s 2012 and 2013 Encore concerts. He is a prize winner of the National Music Festival Competition and National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition. He received the best performance award from the AMAF provincial festival and won first place in the Young Artist Series CFMTA Western Tour Competition. As a result of this award he completed a highly successful recital tour of Western Canada in 2012-2013.
Jinsung has performed throughout the United States, across Canada, and beyond. Recent performance highlights include the Dark Music Festival in Iceland and his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Jinsung is now a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Minnesota.