Assistant Director, Drumshow
Not only is Brad Stirtz equally comfortable performing at the vibraphone, steel pans, piano, pipe organ, or drum set, but he is just as likely to be found composing, conducting, or arranging music. A native of Minden, Nebraska, Mr. Stirtz studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, culminating in the Master of Music degree in percussion performance. He recently received a second Master’s degree from Concordia University Chicago.
Brad’s career has spanned the globe. On several mission trips to Uganda, he directed choirs in the capital city of Kampala and neighboring Jinja, culminating in a studio recording of the choir. He is one of few Americans adept at the construction and playing of the Amadinda xylophone of this East African region. As Director of Music at Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois, Brad directs choirs, orchestra, and small ensembles. He has particularly excelled at arranging and adapting the music of the church to lead worship services featuring African music, Caribbean music, and Latin American music.
As a teacher, Brad serves on the faculty of North Central College, and has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory, Roosevelt University, Benedictine University, and Northern Illinois University. He has been a member of the faculty at Birch Creek Music Academy in Door County, Wisconsin for over 30 yrs.