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Dr. Steven Janco
Steve has been serving as Director of the Rensselaer Program since 2006. He also serves as Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Eulalia Parish in Maywood, IL. He earned the degree Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL; a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Chicago; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. A well-known composer of liturgical music and the author of numerous journal articles, Steve serves as a consultant to the Chicago Office for Divine Worship and as a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. 

Dr. John Egan
John is the Rensselaer Program's longest serving instructor, having joined the faculty of Saint Joseph's College in 1962. He teaches graduate piano during the summer semester. In addition to teaching organ and piano during the year, John has for many years has taught in the college's well-regarded undergraduate Core Curriculum. He earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University. In 2010 John was the recipient of the Outstanding Hoosier Musician Award given by the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA).

Fr. Richard Fragomeni  
Fr. Fragomeni is Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He earned the S.T.B. and  M.A. at the University of Louvain; an M.A., and M. Music, and the Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.  He is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York. His current research is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to this work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart.  Fr. Fragomeni has taught in the Rensselaer Program for a number of year.

Dr. John McIntyre 
John has taught in the Rensselaer Program since 1994 and currently focuses on theory and composition. He earned his D.M.A. at the University of Southern California. During the academic year he is Associate Professor of Music at St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute. In 2004, John received a prestigious award for his work as a composer from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). "These awards are granted by an independent panel and are based on the unique prestige and value of each writer's catalog of original compositions." John spent the 1999-2000 academic year teaching in Colombia. He also served for a number of years as choir director at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Fort Worth.

Dr. Michael Oriatti 
Michael teaches choral conducting and voice and directs the Summer Chorus. During the year he serves as director of two choral groups in the Chicago area: the Hinsdale Chorale and the Edgewater Singers.  He holds a master's degree in vocal performance from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Doctor of Music in choral conducting from Indiana University.

Sr. Sharon Stola, OSB, D.Min. 
Sr. Sharon teaches foundational liturgy courses during the summer and assists in the coordination of daily prayer. She has served for many years as Director of the Office for Divine Worship in the Diocese of Joliet, IL, in addition to serving as a parish liturgist. Having received specialized training through the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at Catholic Theological Union, Sr. Sharon serves as a consultant to parishes that are building and renovating churches. She also serves on the Board of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. She holds an M.A. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

Dr. Richard McCarron
Richard joined the SJC summer faculty in 2007 and teaches a variety of liturgy courses, including Eucharist and the Ritual and Symbol Intensive. During the year he is associate professor of liturgical studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he serves as chair of the Word and Worship department. He serves as editor of Proceedings, the journal of the North American Academy of Liturgy. He is the author of The Eucharistic Prayer at Sunday Mass as well as numerous journal articles. He earned his Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America.

Mary Jane Wagner, SSSF, M.M., M.A.  
Sister Mary Jane Wagner is a School Sister of St. Francis and serves as Director of the School Sisters of St. Francis Music Ministry Program at St. Joseph Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin. Former Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John in Milwaukee, Sr. Mary Jane is an active member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the American Guild of Organists. A well-respected organ instructor, she has given organ recitals throughout the United States and Canada. Sr. Mary Jane has taught at Alverno College and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and facilitated the development of the Church Music Certificate Program at Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI. She earned the Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies from the Catholic University of America.

Rev. Columba Kelly, O.S.B.  
Fr Columba Kelly will be leading the Gregorian Chant Institute again this year.  He is the director and composer for the Saint Meinrad Gregorian Schola.  Fr. Columba finished his doctorate in church music at Musica Sacra in Rome just as Roman liturgy was moving from Latin into English. During the last 35 years, in addition to his teaching, Fr. Columba has created a body of English chant based on the natural word rhythm of spoken word.

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