Brock’s flare & passion for music began at a very young age. When he was five years old, he climbed up onto the bench of his Grandmother’s Wurlitzer Funmaker organ and began playing simple songs such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by ear. His parents immediately enrolled him in organ lessons with Dr. Eileen Weddingfeld of Norfolk, Nebraska. At the age of twelve, he began learning the flute/piccolo and over his high school years picked up many other instruments, from oboe, English horn, Bassoon & piano to harpsicord, Irish whistle, uilleann pipes, and harp, to name of few. During Junior High his teacher retired from her organist job at St. John’s Lutheran Church and Brock stepped in to this position through his senior year in High School.
Brock began his college career at Hastings College in Hasting, Nebraska to study music performance on the pipe organ with a minor in music education. He continued his organ studies with Dr. Bushon of Dana College and then moved to Minnesota to complete his MFA through Minnesota State University & the University of Minnesota. Brock plans to continue his education to secure a doctorate in music performance and composition in the coming years. His first full time position as Minister of Music was in Albert Lea, MN where he worked at First Lutheran Church. He was asked to begin a praise and worship service while working with the adult choir, children’s choirs, instrumental ensembles, handbells, and playing organ for all services. In his time in Albert Lea, Brock created the Southeastern Minnesota Chamber Orchestra which consisted of 30+ members who all came together to provide music for the community. The Albert Lea Community Chorus was also developed under his baton and many concert were presented to the community at both Albert Lea High School and First Lutheran Church. He is also very active in the surrounding communities theater scene, and has either played in or directed over twenty shows.
In 2013, Brock relocated to Rochester and began working as Minister of Music & Worship at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. During his time in Rochester, he has developed the Rochester Pops Orchestra & Chorale which just completed its third full season. When not at work creating, directing or writing music Brock is likely to be found either out on his motorcycle, on the trails with his Segway, on Zumbro lake with his jet ski, or paddling along in his kayak. He looks forward to the many opportunities available at Bethel Lutheran Church to fill the worship space with music that inspires and enhances each worship service. Please don’t hesitate to stop by and say hi.