Friday, September 15, 2023

Meet This Year's Interns for Ministry and Music

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Each year, the Chapel is blessed to welcome new interns for ministry and music who serve during Sunday morning worship services and throughout the week. These interns join the Chapel community both to serve and be trained for their futures in ministry and music. In addition, for the second year in a row, the Chapel is hosting the American Guild of Organists Organ Scholar Program.

Meet this year’s organ scholar and interns for ministry and music:

Mitchell Eithun, Chapel Music

Mitchell Eithun holds a bachelor of arts from Ripon College and a master of science from Michigan State University. He has over sixty published pieces of handbell music and has ministry experience as a handbell director, digital ministry intern, and campus pastor. His current interests lie in hymnody, digital ministry, and spiritual formation in music ensembles. He also serves as one of the Chapel carillonneurs.

Max Miller, Intercultural Engagement

Max Miller is a third-year Divinity student from Falls Church, VA, and is pursuing ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). His interests include Old Testament Studies and broader Religious Studies, especially the study of multiple religious traditions. Campus religious life has been a big part of Max’s development, and he hopes to offer that same hospitality he has experienced with the rest of the Duke community!

Andrew Plasker, Worship and Student Engagement

Andrew Plasker is a second-year student in the Divinity School, pursuing a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Anglican Studies. As a lay Catholic, his ministerial interests are in Anglican-Catholic dialogues and medical chaplaincy. His academic interests lie in the history of American Christianity and development of the Prosperity Gospel. Andrew looks forward to learning more about ecumenical worship and fellowship while an intern at the Chapel.

Katherine Johnson, Organ Scholar

Katherine Johnson earned a double-degree in English and organ performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ohio. She has served as organist and music director at Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio and previously has been an organ scholar at Plymouth Church UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina, and the Wilson Family Sacred Music Intern at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City.

The Congregation at Duke Chapel also has three graduate student workers and one recent graduate on its staff. Learn more about them.