Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak is a Chicago area liturgical musician, author, conductor, and cantor and is a widely published and recorded composer and arranger of liturgical music. She holds a doctorate in choral conducting from Northwestern University, a Masters’ Degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University and a Masters’ Degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her areas of research involve liminal studies in postmodern music and the application of qualitative research techniques to choral rehearsal and other community music settings.
Jennifer currently serves at Director of Worship Music at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago, as well as on the faculties of Loyola University and the Catholic Theological Union and as Editor for Music Formation Resources at GIA Publications. During her years as director for Liturgical Music at the Office for Divine Worship, Jennifer served as conductor and cantor at many Chicago-area liturgical events, including the Jubilee Archdiocesan Choir and Symphony Orchestra’s “Field of Faith” celebration at Soldier Field in June of 2000. Jennifer has been involved in a number of Chicago area ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Cathedral Singers, and has served on the choral faculty at St. Xavier University, North Central College, and Concordia University of Chicago. She authored Sight-Sing a New Song, a textbook on sight-singing and music notation for beginners, and co-authored “Guide for Music Ministers” and “Guide for Cantors” for Liturgy Training Publications. Her newest book, Sowing Seeds, Bearing Fruit: A Five Year Process for Growing a Singing Congregation, was released in July of 2012. She serves on the National Council of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and is a frequent presenter at the organization’s regional and national conferences.