Marilyn Keller has been Music Director for the Gospel Jazz Worship at Augustana since 1991. She has been the Interim Youth Advisor since September of 2020.
Marilyn’s roots in Gospel, R&B, Soul, Jazz and Blues music are deep. Her formative training in the Performing Arts at MHCC and on the International stage helped build a career that spans 40 years. Marilyn is serving on the Board of Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and The Portland Symphonic Choir to lend contemporary ideas and a voice of diversity and equity to both organizations. She is an Adjunct Professor of Vocal Jazz Improvisation at PSU and teaches Vocal Technique privately.
What brought You to Augustana?
I came to Augustana in 1991- to provide Vocals for the Jazz Worship Service instituted by Pastor Mitch Jones.
What inspires you?
The habitation of The Holy Spirit inspires Me- I can do ALL things!
What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I have worked several blue-collar jobs- I can operate heavy-lift machinery, overhead cranes, pneumatic tools and can handle high power pressure washers!
What have you learnt about your faith and God recently?
NOTHING can separate Me from the Love of God!
What is your biggest challenge?