We here at CUMC are excited to introduce our new Director of Music
Ministries, Riley Cardona.
Riley holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from South Dakota State University specializing in vocal
education and a Master’s in Music from Indiana University in Vocal Performance. Riley has worked in
church settings for the last twelve years including Presbyterian, Catholic and UMC congregations as a
section leader and soloist. Riley currently teaches voice students of all levels as a studio instructor and
serves as the District Assistant Director of KinderCare Education Centers working with multiple early
childhood education centers and diverse student populations. She has also worked as a substitute
teacher in the St. Paul school district with K through 12 students.
In the interview process, we were impressed with Riley’s emphasis on music leadership as building
confidence in singers, her collaborative skills and fit with both the progressive UMC ethos and our
congregation in particular.
Riley will begin her position with us January 6. A welcome reception will be held after the Refuel service
on January 12.