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, 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 has performed throughout Southern Ontario and Texas. Notable honours and awards include the 2015 Lilian Forsyth Scholarship in Church Music and the 2016 Barrie Cabena Music Scholarship. 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. In addition, he has completed masterclasses with a number of world-renowned organists, including Olivier Latry, Hans-Ola Ericsson, John Grew, and H. Barrie Cabena.