Our Sacred Choral Music Editor, Katie Houts, has been with us since 2013. One of her main responsibilities is to curate and edit our catalog of sacred choral anthems, collections, musicals, recordings, and resources. When she’s not editing, she’ll be traveling around the country to various conferences as a clinician.
Katie 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, performing throughout Minneapolis, Boston, and Salt Lake City metro areas.
She’s now based in Salt Lake City where she has been named Music Director of Rise Up Children’s Choir, Junior! – the training ensemble for Utah’s premiere contemporary vocal performance group for children and teens. In addition to her editing responsibilities at Choristers Guild and Music Director of Rise Up Children’s Choir, Junior!, she also serves as Staff Accompanist at the University of Utah and is the Children’s Music Director for Hilltop UMC in Sandy, Utah.
When she’s not neck deep in music, Katie enjoys traveling and exploring the greater Salt Lake City area with her husband and three children.
Victor C. Johnson
Victor C. Johnson, the editor of Sing! has been involved in music in one fashion or another for most of his life. As a composer, Victor published his first piece in 1994 and since then has composed over 200 octavos while winning numerous composition contests and ASCAP Awards along the way.
Victor is also an experienced music teacher. From 2001-2018 he was a choral music educator at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for him. Additionally, he's a talented editor, music and worship arts director, children’s handbell director, musician, conductor, and mentor. Victor took over as editor of Sing!, a line that was launched five years ago to expand Choristers Guild into the world of school and festival music, in May of 2019.
Victor is a native of Dallas and attended University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in Music Education (Choral) with a concentration in organ.
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.
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.