Lori O’Brien is a native of Kearney and has over 20 years of experience as a church secretary. She is married to Steve O’Brien and is mom to daughters, Jennifer and Katie, and Grandma to Olivia, Jaxon, John, Thea and Piper.
In her spare time, Lori is a member of the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church, President of Fort Kearney Shrine Auxiliary, and a member of PEO and Daughters of the American Revolution. She is most proud of her involvement with the Avenue of Flags at Kearney Cemetery, a project that her parents, Dale & Dorothy McCammon, began in 1984. She and her sister, Gail Mullins, are continuing their parents dream of hundreds of American Flags being flown at the cemetery during Memorial Weekend
Sandy McKirahan has been involved in church music pretty much her whole life. (Her father was a church choir director and as a young child, she got to hang out at those rehearsals). She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Muskingum College, a Presbyterian affiliated school in Ohio, and a Master of Arts degree from UNK. Sandy’s professional experience includes teaching music K-12 in Iowa and Nebraska. She has been a member of First Presbyterian in Kearney since 1989 and during that time served many years as Chancel Choir Director and Organist. She is currently a member of the Chancel Choir and the Gloria Dei Bell Choir as well as serving as Music Coordinator and member of the Worship and Music Committee. Sandy is a flutist who is happy to have opportunities to play for occasional worship services.
Sandy’s husband John has been putting up with this musical craziness for over 50 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Clayton Moyer serves as the chancel choir director at Kearney First Presbyterian Church. He also directs five choral ensembles at Kearney High School including; the Kearney High School Chorale, Varsity Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, and two show choirs: KHS Pops Choir and the Sapphire and Gold Singers. He also serves as the music director for the KHS musical theater program. Mr. Moyer earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from UNK where he studied choral conducting with Dr. David Bauer. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Nebraska Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and past-president of the Kearney Concert Association. He is the assistant director of the Platte River Singers and is the founding director of the Platte River Children’s Chorale.
Connie Moon, music teacher, performer, conductor, and composer, received her B.Mus.Ed. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Graduate study was at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has taught at UNK and other universities, and various elementary and secondary schools. She was assistant organist at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and has been music director and organist for churches. Moon's first pipe organ training was on the current organ in our sanctuary, when it was new in the church building downtown. Her compositions have been performed at St. Olaf College and at the ChorusAmerica convention with Dale Warland conducting. At present she teaches in her private studio and is a string specialist with the Kearney Public School Orchestras and at Kearney Catholic High School. She serves as concertmaster of the Hastings and Kearney Symphonies. Moon is married to Richard Moon, an Episcopal priest. They have two married sons and two grandchildren.
Susan Wallace was born and raised in Lexington, Nebraska, where she also married and raised two daughters. She and her husband, Bob now have five grandchildren, and have lived in Wheat Ridge, CO, Lexington, NE and Kearney, NE during their 51 years of married life. They love to travel and have been very fortunate to have visited most of the 50 states, in addition to several countries.
Sue has always had a love of music and started taking piano lessons at an early age. She accompanied the children’s choir at her Lexington church for many years, in addition to accompanying the chorus during the years when her oldest daughter attended high school.
She attended the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, NE and spent her working years employed in various secretarial jobs, her favorite being that of a medical transcriptionist. She took organ lessons for a short time, but is mostly self taught. She is currently still playing at her home church in Lexington once a month, and at the Presbyterian church in Kearney the first and fifth Sundays of each month, in addition to accompanying the Chancel Choir and ringing in the Gloria Dei Bells handbell choir there.
She spends her spare time as a member of P.E.O and Platte River Singers, working out at the GSH Wellness/Fitness Center, playing the piano and organ, putting together puzzles and playing computer games.
Angela Wright been teaching music since the fall of 1999. She first taught 3 years as K-12 vocal/instrumental teacher (SEM Public Schools). Since then she has been a K-5 Music Specialist (Kearney Public Schools). She has been guest clinician for numerous festival and honor choirs. Angela has a private piano studio and is a director for Platte River Children’s Chorale, Heavenly Treble Makers (a middle school choir) and Praiser Bells (a children’s choir) at First Lutheran Church-Kearney, in addition to directing the Gloria Dei Bell Choir at First Presbyterian Church. Angela is a member of NAfME, and NCDA/ACDA. Angela received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Masters in Music Education from the UNK. Angela and her husband, Dave, have four children.
Beth Mattingly is a professor of music education at UNK. She has a PhD from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Tulsa. She has years of experience working in the music program of First Presbyterian Church in Norman, Oklahoma and is currently one of the choir accompanists at First Presbyterian Church in Kearney.
Barb is a Kearney native and has worked various custodial jobs over the years. She joined the staff in July of 2020. Barb has two daughters and three grandchildren, and her fiancée, Robert, has two grandchildren, so they keep busy with family get-togethers.
Besides cleaning, Barb loves to sew quilts for family and friends, and she enjoys playing pool, dancing, and playing the guitar.