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Artistic Leadership

Mark Walker, Louisville Master Chorale's Conductor and Artistic Director, has extensive experience in Choral Conducting, Organ Performance, Choral Music Education, and Liturgical Church Music. He currently serves as Director of Music at  Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Kentucky.  He has served parishes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina and has taught in schools in Kentucky and North Carolina. Mark most recently served as Assistant Conductor for the Louisville Bach Society. Walker has a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Western Kentucky University and a Master's Degree in Organ Performance from East Carolina University.

His conducting experience with extended choral-orchestral works includes the works of Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, Pergolesi and contemporary composers Tavener, Lauridsen, Paulus, and Rutter. As an organ recitalist, Walker has performed extensively throughout the Eastern and Southern U.S. He currently serves regularly as conductor and organist for various Diocesan events in Louisville, and during the summer of 2011 served as both choral conductor and guest organ recitalist for the National Associations of Pastoral Musicians Conference. He also served as Dean of the Louisville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in 2011-13.


Debbie Dierks is Louisville Master Chorale’s Music Associate. In that role she works with the Artistic Director in the preparation and performance of the season and accompanies the group in rehearsal and in concert. She has a wide and varied background in the Louisville musical world and beyond, including as lecturer, vocal coach and accompanist at the University of Louisville. She has been engaged with Youth Performing Arts School and various professional and semi-professional local music groups, most notably Voces Novae. She has performed with the Choral Arts Society, the former Bach Society, Metropolitan Opera auditions, Governor’s School for the Arts and NATS competitions. Professional recitalist and collaborator, Deborah has performed across the US and Europe. She is currently Music Director at Jeffersontown Christian Church. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and her graduate degree from the University of Louisville.

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