Covenant has hired Michael Shuman to serve as our Director of Music Ministry. Michael, most recently, has served as Director of Music Ministries at First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Ark. He has also been an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Arkansas.

While in Arkansas, Michael has worked on numerous musical events in the community, including collaborating with the University of Arkansas, John Brown University, area high schools, community theatre groups and professional singing ensembles.

Michael’s goal for music ministry is for all to participate. Whether singing in the pews, ringing bells, singing with children, or supporting the musical gifts of others, he encourages all to join in as their gifts allow.

GinnyRae Joy served as a member of Covenant’s music director search committee and is also a choir member. “We as a committee are delighted with Michael. He is a fabulous musician, a fun-loving teacher and an enthusiastic team player. He is passionate about worship and its role in bringing glory to God and leading the laity into the presence of God. We believe Michael will bring excellence and joy to Covenant and our musical programs.”

Michael holds the Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the University of Arkansas, the Master of Music Degree in Piano from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano and Voice from Delta State University.

Originally from Laurel, Miss., Michael brings to Covenant a rich background of work as a church musician, teacher and collaborative musician. He and his wife, Hannah, are excited to join the Austin community and look forward to all the opportunities the people and surrounding area have to offer. Michael will start in early June