Our Musicians

Introducing our Musicians and Vocalists.

We are a blessed community to have the support to provide for a Director of Music Ministries, part-time Choral Section Leaders, and Worship Band Leader. 

We'd like to introduce them to you:

Kai Brewster, Guitarist, Chapel Band

Kai began sharing the transformative power of Jesus through song as a passionate instrumentalist and storyteller at St. Martin’s in 2018. In addition to his work with us and his calling as a music director at Wayzata Community Church, he has directed productions for both the Youth Performance and Blue Water Theatre companies. Kai appears at local and national venues regularly sharing his talents with people of all ages. Kai holds a Master of Theology degree from Andover Newton Theological School.

Erik Carlson, Tenor, Choral Section Leader

Erik joined St. Martin’s by-the-lake as tenor section leader in 2018. He has sung with the Minneapolis Pop Up Choir, an ensemble of experienced choral singers, and the National Lutheran Choir under the direction of David Cherwien. Erik graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Scandinavian Studies.

Josh Conroy, Bass, Choral Section Leader

Josh began serving St. Martin’s as regular bass section leader and soloist in 2015. He is a current member of Minnesota’s VocalEssence Ensemble Singers under the direction of Philip Brunelle. Previously, he has been heard in The Concordia Choir, a variety of opera and musical theatre roles, and vocal ensembles. Additional musical pursuits include the cello.

Erin Peters, Mezzo-Soprano, 

Choral Section Leader

Erin has felt truly at home as a staff musician at St. Martin’s by-the-lake since 2016. Prior to joining our music program she was a section leader at the Cathedral of St. Paul, seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Erin is an active soloist, has served on the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, and is a current member of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral/General Music Education, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in English and violin performance from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Erin also holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Master of Science degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.

Carolyn M. Steele, Soprano, 

Choral Section Leader

Carolyn is enjoying her first year as the soprano section leader at St. Martin’s by-the-lake. In her active music career, she has served as a minister of music in the Methodist tradition and has been frequently featured as a soloist with the Bach Society of St. Louis Missouri and on the annual Live from the Garden radio broadcasts for world premiere works. Carolyn sang for several years with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers as a featured singer on BBC and NPR broadcasts and recordings and is an active clinician with various choral ensembles of all ages. She holds a degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.