The Conductor

Stover-HeadshotMark Stover is the Minister of Worship, Music and Arts at Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, where he conducts the Colonial Chorale, Colonial Chamber Singers, and leads the Colonial Worship Band.  He has served on staff at Colonial since the Fall of 2007. Mark received his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and his M.S.M. with an emphasis in choral conducting from Luther Seminary under the mentorship of Dr. Anton Armstrong and Dr. Paul Westermeyer. Before attending Luther Seminary, Stover served as Director of Worship and Arts at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, California, while teaching choral music at Campolindo High School, and serving as worship leader for the Open Door Community. Mark has designed contemporary a cappella shows for high school and college ensembles and regularly works as a clinician, workshop host and guest conductor for ensembles in both the church and academy, ranging from classically trained choirs to contemporary a cappella men’s, women’s, and mixed ensembles. He has served as the ACDA-MN R&S Chair for Music and Worship and on the planning committee as faculty and worship leader for the St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts in July, 2010 and 2012. Mark has worked with Magnum Chorum as one of the guest conductors for the 2013-2014 season, serving as artistic director for their annual Christmas concerts. Mark, his wife Julie, and  son, Jack, live in Minneapolis.