pastor rachaelPastor Rachael Powell

With Pastor Rachael, St. Tim’s seventh pastor, we continue to serve our changing community, providing a spiritual home for all and reaching out to neighbors through multiple activities of service and fellowship.

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Barbara Parissi, Office Administrator

Clara Byom, Music Director

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is piano-1.jpgClara Byom is an Albuquerque-based multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and accordion), musicologist, and educator.  She performs contemporary classical music and a variety of folk dance music, including Jewish klezmer, contra, English Country, Balkan, Scottish, and Irish.  Clara is a founding member of Di Kavene KapelyeEdith BoulevardThe Parson SistersOdd Butterflies, and co-founder/co-director of New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble.  Additionally, she performs regularly with Dust City Opera, is music director at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, and serves on the board of the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society.  As of Fall 2018, she serves as the first Development Director of the newly founded nonprofit organization, The Klezmer Institute.  In May of 2019, Byom published her first collection of original dance music entitled “On The Brighter Side & Other Dance Tunes.” 
A graduate of the University of New Mexico (Master of Music in Clarinet Performance and Musicology), Clara has researched mid-century American klezmer music for her master’s thesis entitled “Mixing in Too Much Jewish: American Klezmorim in New York City from 1950-1970.”  She was a guest lecturer at KlezmerQuerque 2017, as well as College of Charleston (Spring 2017) and Eastern New Mexico University (Spring 2018), and has presented at conferences for the International Clarinet Association (Summer 2018), Society for Ethnomusicology (Spring 2017) and Yiddish Summer Weimar (Summer 2016).  Since the Summer of 2014, she has done archival work for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City, primarily digitizing and cataloging the field recordings of 2015 National Heritage Fellow Michael Alpert, a leading figure in the klezmer revitalization.  In 2012, Clara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA.

 Issa Noor, Drummer

Hannah Thigpen, Song Leader

Bonnie Schmader, Flutist