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Meet our St. Joseph Pipe Organ Committee Members


Ashley Darnall

Ashley is from Louisiana and attended the University of Alabama. She married an Auburn boy, Lyle, and moved to Columbia in December 1999. Ashley and Lyle have been parishioners of St Joseph since that time.  The Darnalls have two daughters, Elliott and Claire.  Ashley is excited about working on the new organ committee!  


Katherine and Howard Ellstrom

Katherine and Howard have been married 57 years and are proud parents of two daughters and four grandchildren. Their passions include family, travel, music, reading, hiking, and St. Joseph Church.  Twenty years ago, the Ellstroms visited St. Joseph (as Protestants) and asked then music director, Teresa Riley, if they could sing in the choir which they did for 13 years. In due course Katherine and Howard immersed themselves in the Catholic faith, went through RCIA, and were happily confirmed!


Michael Dickson

Misty and Michael Dickson were married at St. Joseph Church in 1994. They have three children. Michael teaches medieval philosophy and philosophy of music at USC, sings in the St. Joseph schola cantorum, and serves as a cantor. Michael once competed for the United States amateur triathlon team at the world championships. He studied French Horn performance and played in orchestras prior to becoming a professional philosopher. He is an avid pipe organ enthusiast and has the idea to build a small organ in his home, himself.


Carol and Jed Shropshire

Carol and Jed moved to Columbia more than 30 years ago and joined St. Joseph Parish in 1989. Carol has enjoyed two stints totaling 13 years, singing in the choir. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. In addition to being a full-time mother, Carol has been an elementary school teacher, and a sales manager for a fashion design company. After a 44 year career in IT sales, and management with three companies, Jed retired two years ago and enjoys his golf and exercise hobbies. Since retiring, in addition to spoiling their grands, they have enjoyed a couple of trips a year visiting several cathedrals with world class pipe organs. They look forward to visiting others in the future with an enhanced perspective gained serving on this committee.


Scott Riedel (Organ Consultant)

Mr. Riedel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and is a guest lecturer at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Riedel is president of Scott R. Riedel & Associates, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


He has served on many church music committees and boards, including the American Guild of Organists, The Royal School of Church Music, and The Association of Lutheran Musicians. He is a member of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and the Acoustical Society of America. Mr. Riedel’s publications include a column in the GIA Quarterly Magazine as Architectural and Acoustics reviewer, the booklet “Acoustics in the Worship Space” published by Concordia Publishing House, as a series of articles in “The Diapason” magazine. He has also edited a special issue of CrossAccent, a journal published by the Association or Lutheran Church Musicians, which focused on church architecture, acoustics, and music.


Mr. Riedel has presented lectures on worship space acoustics, organ design and purchase to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organists (various chapters and regions), Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, American Institute of Architects, and the Lectures in Church Music at Concordia University.

Staff Representatives

Rev. Msgr. Richard D. Harris, VG, Pastor

David Cochrane, Director of Music

Brad Cunningham, Organist

Tawfiq Hodaly, Director of Facilities

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