Carole Lea Arenson


Carole Lea Arenson (b. 1940-) was the Director of Music Ministry at King of Glory Lutheran Church for over 35 years. She began with a vision of "Helping Children Become and Remain Life-Long Worship Participants." She started with 12 in one choir and, with help, has developed King of Glory's Music Ministry to include choirs for all age groups plus instrumental ensembles and a music education course for children.

Carole grew up in Minnesota and is a graduate of St. Olaf College. She taught choral music in the public schools in New York, Connecticut and Iowa and at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Carole is known as a conductor, soloist, arranger, educator, worship leader, consultant, clinician, and a writer of curriculum. She is published by Augsburg-Fortress, Kjos Music and Lorenz Publishing. Her work with an interdenominational Worship Task Force culminated in the publication of her first children's book, Boots, the Church Cat, featuring King of Glory's real church cat.

Carole has served on the St. Olaf College Alumni Board, on the National Board of Directors for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and on an Ecumenical Worship Task Force sponsored by Choristers Guild; chaired an ALCM Regional Conference, co-chaired a National ALCM Project advocating for congregational support for children in worship which won a national award. She is editor of the Region IV ALCM Newsletter, Augsburg Writer for 2009 Sundays and Seasons and The Alleluia Series. She has also publisher her own music education for elementary children in the church – The Carole Series.

Her hobbies include travel, writing, music and theater.