31st Annual Guitar and Ensemble Institute
July 17-21, 2017

Milford, Ohio

• Five-day intensive training program
• Primarily for guitarists—beginner, intermediate, advanced
• and for instrumentalists who serve as part of worship ensembles.
• Also for directors of ensembles and for those who lead with a combination of instruments and voice.

Registration opens at 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 16, and continues on Monday at 8:30 am. The first session of the program is at 11:00 am on Monday and the Institute ends at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 21. Meals include Sunday supper through Friday breakfast. Schedule includes: sessions on liturgy—for both experienced and beginning leaders of liturgical song; techniques for guitar and bass, keyboard, percussion, and voice; sampling of repertoire. Eucharist on Thursday followed by “open mic” recital; shared meals and time for informal conversation.

Special Director/Player Track with Jaime Cortez

Director of music at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mesa, Arizona; composer, clinician, arranger, and performer.


Steve Petrunak, Guitar
Vice President of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians; composer, recording artist, and clinician.


Jaime Rickert, Guitar Former resident musician at Marydale Retreat Center in Erlanger, Kentucky, and member of the Parish Mission Team. Pastoral Associate at St. Ann Parish, Ossining, New York.


Jeff McLemore, Bass 
Active performer on bass and oboe and as vocalist, Jeff has begun composing in several styles and is deep into "old school" jazz guitar studies and performance.

Stephen Lay, Piano
Pianist, singer, song writer, Stephen is the director of music at the Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City, Maryland, and the music director for the annual Mid-Atlantic Conference in Baltimore.


Stan Stepnowski, Adjunct Faculty: Guitar and Capo
A composer and recording artist, Stan plays guitar at St. John Church, Little Canada, Minnesota.


Ken Gilman, Obbligato
Music director at St. Michael and All Angels, Albuquerque, New Mexico; active performer on and teacher of mandolin, fiddle, and related instruments.

Dr. Mary Dumm, Liturgy Pastoral associate at St. Blase Parish, Sterling Heights, Michigan. She received her doctorate in ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.


Brian Malone, Percussion Track
A freelance percussionist based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brian has performed from New York to South America.


Rob Ellig, Luthier
A luthier for thirty years; former music director with Father Richard Rohr of the New Jerusalem Community.

Date and Location

July 17–21, 2017
Jesuit Spiritual Center, Milford, Ohio
The Jesuit Spiritual Center, on 37 park-like acres overlooking the Little Miami River, is a thirty-minute drive east of Cincinnati. Private air-conditioned rooms, full bath facilities just a few doors away. Website: jesuitspiritualcenter.com

What You Get When You Register for the Guitar and Ensemble Institute

Resident: Housing for five nights (beginning Sunday, July 17), fourteen meals, and a wonderful formation experience.
Commuter: Twelve meals and a wonderful formation experience

Download printable flyer and registration form