Esther Kim- Dean
Esther has been serving as the Associate Minister of Music and Organist at First Baptist Church, Huntsville since 2017. A Korean native, she received her BA and MA in piano performance in her home country. She then earned her DMA in organ performance with a perfomer’s certificate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in KY, where she studied with Sandra Turner, Don Hustad, and Maurice Hinson. She has also studied contemporary writing and production at Berklee College of Music, MA.
She is devoted to lyrical hymn-playing and strives to convey the meaning of the text through her music. Her publications show her sensitive interpretation of the text.
She lives with her husband and they have two daughters in college.
Melanie Payne- Sub-Dean
Tommy Quinn- Treasurer
A native of Hackleburg, Alabama, Tommy Quinn has served as organist and pianist for Russellville First Presbyterian church since 2013, and as staff accompanist for the music department of Northwest Shoals community college. Tommy has previously studied piano and music theory at Northwest Shoals under Mr. Lanny McAlister.
Anne Vasile- Secretary
Anne Terry Vasile serves as Director of Music and Organist at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in
Huntsville. A native of Pensacola, Florida, she studied sacred music and organ performance at
Birmingham-Southern College and historical musicology at Florida State University. Her
interests include hymnology and French Baroque organ performance practice. Anne is active in
the community and is a past Dean of the Greater Huntsville Chapter of the American Guild of
Organists, past President of the Junior League of Huntsville, and has served on the boards for
various other area non-profits and foundations. Anne currently serves on the Organ Steering
Committee of the National Pastoral Musician’s Association, which advises and promotes use of
organ in the Roman Catholic liturgy, as well as the Diocese of Birmingham’s Subcommittee on
Anne is married to husband Victor, an attorney, and they have one son. Her family enjoys
traveling—especially cruising, kayaking, and spending time with their Doberman Pinscher Luca.
Rolf Goebel- Member-at-Large
Dr. Rolf J. Goebel is Distinguished Professor of German, Emeritus, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Born in Germany, he holds degrees from Brown University (M.A. in English, 1977) and the University of Maryland, College Park (Ph.D. in German Language and Literature, 1982). A prize-winning scholar of German literature and cultural studies, his publications and conference presentations include analyses of the interface between music, literature, philosophy, and media technologies. A recent article focuses, among other topics, on the cultural effects of the suspension of live music performance and the reliance on virtual music transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a non-professional organist and harpsichordist, he has served as Dean of the Greater Huntsville, AL Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, where he is currently a Board Member-at-Large for Membership and Chapter Support. He is especially interested in the repertoire of 16th-18th century Germany, Italy, and France, has given numerous organ recitals and workshops in the region, and has participated in Early Music chamber concerts.
Lois Lee- Member-at-Large
Lori Larson is the Associate Organist and director of the First Family Singers at Huntsville First United Methodist Church. Originally from Oneida, IL, Lori received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and studied choral music conducting at the University of Iowa. After serving as a musician in the U.S. Army, Lori retired to Huntsville and studied organ with Dr. David Miller at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is active as a composer and arranger of choral music and has had several works performed in Huntsville.