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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.