Joshua Zentner-Barrett holds the Master of Sacred Music in Organ Performance, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and the Honours Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. His organ teachers have included Stefan Engels, Wesley Warren, Marlin Nagtegaal, and Christopher Anderson. He has also studied harpsichord with James Richman, conducting with Pamela Elrod-Huffman and Jessica Kun, and improvisation with Glenn Buhr and Gerard Yun.
A dedicated church musician, Josh is deeply committed to global music in the context of the church community. He has worked for churches and seminaries in Canada and the United States, and currently serves as Organist & Music Director at Kanata United Church in Ottawa, ON, where he oversees a vibrant choral and instrumental program. Studies with Debbie Lou Ludolph and C. Michael Hawn have shaped his leadership approach, which fuses ancient and modern hymnody with innovative performance techniques. As a musical enlivener, Josh uses music to respond to the call to witness, engaging the congregation in a full experience of the sacred. This is the core of Josh's teaching, serving to bridge the gap between diverse expressions of faith. You may read more about his philosophy of sacred music here.
Josh is actively involved with the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the Royal Canada College of Organists, from which he holds the Associateship diploma. Notable honours and awards include the Wayne C. Vance and Willan Scholarships (2018), the Barrie Cabena Music Scholarship (2016), and the Lilian Forsyth Scholarship in Church Music (2015). While at Southern Methodist University he held the Perkins School of Theology International Student Scholarship and was awarded the Roger Deschner and Master of Sacred Music prizes for excellence.