About MAUREEN GRIEPENTROG
Composer Maureen Griepentrog (BMI) has written more than 200 praise songs and choral anthems that are performed on four continents, including throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, and Australia. Her children’s piece, A Great Place to Grow, was commissioned for the 2007 National Lutheran Schools Week of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and was performed in schools across the United States. Her adult choir composition, Ponder Anew, was selected as a featured anthem for the 2009 National Conference of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Maureen’s Light the Candle was chosen for publication in The Best of the Best, distributed by Word/Maranatha. Her song, Lord, You’re My Anchor, was named the Hurricane Wilma recovery theme by the Southeastern District of the LCMS.
Maureen has been a presenter at the 2003 Created to Praise National Conference, the National Capital United Methodist Musicians Fellowship, the Maryland Lutheran Women’s Conference, and the Maryland Baptist Fellowship.
For 25 years, she served in music ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, where she was responsible for seven weekly services, eight vocal choirs, and six instrumental ensembles, and taught General Music to Early Education to Grade 4. Prior to that, she taught K–8 General Music for seven years at St. Rose of Lima School in Brooklyn, Maryland. She also served as Music Minister at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pasadena, Maryland, for eleven years.
Maureen attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she studied piano with Dr. Jeffrey Peterson and voice with Marlys Greinke. She served as piano accompanist for the vocal masterclasses, ran the piano lab, and performed in the Medieval music ensemble, Collegium Musicum. In summer stock theater, she was the pianist for Radio City Music Hall choreographer John Dietrech and Broadway composer/producer James Valcq.
She later studied piano with Dr. Gordon Sparber of Peabody Conservatory and Dr. Randall Sheets of the University of Maryland–College Park, and organ with Leonhard Rose of Ascension Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.
She has held positions as piano accompanist at the Skylight Comic Opera in Milwaukee, the Kenosha Public School System, and performed for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Army Field Band Chamber Music Concerts and Solo Recital Series throughout the Baltimore Washington region. She currently teaches at Music & Arts, where she has a studio of 60 piano, vocal, and composition students.