Our Sacred Choral Music Editor, Katie Houts, has been with us since 2013. Katie curates and edits our catalog of sacred choral anthems, collections, musicals, recordings, and resources. She studied music at Wartburg College, where she double majored in Church Music (Organ) and Religion. She has served in ELCA, UCC, and UMC congregations as Director of Music, Worship Curator, Organist, and Children's Choir Director.
Katie is a sought-after professional accompanist and children's choral clinician. In addition to her work with Choristers Guild, Katie serves as the Music Director of IGNITE, which is the training ensemble of Rise Up Children's Choir, Utah's premiere contemporary choral program for children ages 6-18. Katie also serves as Children's Music Director and Staff Accompanist for Hilltop UMC (Sandy, UT) and teaches singing to grades 1-3 and 6-8 at Wasatch Charter School (Holladay, UT). Her husband and three children are all musical, and they love exploring the local food, local skateparks, and local theatres in Salt Lake City, where they now call home.
Victor C. Johnson
Victor C. Johnson, a native of Dallas, Texas, is the School Choral Editor for SING!, our educational publishing division. A prolific composer and arranger, Victor has over 350 choral works, vocal solo books, and keyboard collections in print. Victor also serves at the Mixed Ensemble Director for the Dallas Symphony Children's Chorus, which provides a multi-tiered choral curriculum for children and youth grades 4-12.
From 2000-2018, Victor was a choral director at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA). There, Victor directed the Academy Singers, Academy Men’s Choir and was Artistic Director of the Singing Girls of Texas and Children’s Choir of Texas.
Victor is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for music educators and students throughout the United States. He has conducted All-State and Regional Honor choirs in the U.S. and Canada. His professional affiliations include: American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Texas Choral Directors Association, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc.
Kathy Lowrie, handbell editor, has been with Choristers Guild since October of 1989. Her role has grown and developed through the years, and she currently serves as handbell editor, publication designer, and instrumental music editor. Prior to joining the Choristers Guild staff she was a music editor at Augsburg Fortress Publishers and a member of the Choristers Guild Board of Directors. In March 2023 she was elected Vice-Chair of the Handbell Industry Council.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of St. Catherine, where she received a BA with a major in music and a Certificate in Liturgical Music. Continuing studies have included courses at Westminster Choir College and level two certification in Orff-Schulwerk. Kathy has worked in the field of church music publishing for over forty years.
Through the years Kathy has also worked part-time as a church musician. She enjoys serving the local church through music ministry, and feels that maintaining this connection provides important insight for her publishing work.