Ken Stoops at the pipe organ in St. Mark's Presbyterian Church

Ken Stoops, MM

Ken was born and raised in Tipton, Indiana. After his freshman year at Hanover College (Hanover, IN), he transferred to Indiana University, Bloomington, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance. He also studied Choral Conducting, Console Conducting, Piano and German at Indiana University. During his college years he placed First in the "Contest for Young Organists" sponsored by the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Ken has worked professionally at Baldwin Music Centers and Wilking Music in Indianapolis, and Streep Music in Orlando. More recently he has held full-time professional positions as Church Musician in Deltona, FL, Port Charlotte, FL and Hagerstown, MD. He also has completed 6 post-graduate level Theology courses at several United Methodist Schools; Garrett Evangelical in Chicago, United Seminary in Dayton, OH, and Methesco in Delaware, OH.

He has traveled to Europe four times, always striving to improve his German and learning about European customs and culture. He is Past Dean of the SW FL Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and active in the Central FL Chapter of the AGO. He is a widower and has three sons. Two of his sons live in the Central Florida area - Troy in Deltona and David in Orlando. His son, Thomas, is in the military.