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Father Galen Snodgrass

RECTOR
(816) 452-0745
frgalen.snodgrass@gmail.com

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Laura Armato

Laura Sawin-Armato

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
(816) 452-0745
office@episcopalcogs.org

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Sam Fleming

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC/ORGANIST
(816) 452-0745
samfleming.cogs@gmail.com

Sam Fleming was appointed Director of Music/Organist in May of 2022. Prior to his appointment at Good Shepherd, Fleming served as Director of Worship and Arts/Organist at First United Methodist Church in Florence, Alabama, and as an adjunct professor in the keyboard and choral areas at the University of North Alabama.

Sam is known throughout the United States and parts of South America as a conductor, composer, organist, and music educator. He has held various conducting positions with community, church, and school ensembles. He is experienced as a conductor equally on the concert stage, in worship, and in musical theater. As an organist, Sam has performed throughout the Western United States, Illinois, and Alabama as a soloist and with several choral ensembles and chamber groups. Fleming’s compositions have been commissioned and premiered by various ensembles including Brigham Young University-Idaho, Illinois State University, the Fountain of the Sun Community Chorus, the Salonnieres Chamber Ensemble of Phoenix, Arizona and the MacArthur Middle School Orchestra in Prospect Heights, Illinois. His works are published through his own publishing company, SFM Publishing.

Sam holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Music Composition. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas in Choral Conducting and Church Music. Sam is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Diane and their two sons.

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