Karl Zinsmeister

Director of Music

Email: kzinsmeister@whitememorial.org
Phone: 919-834-3425, ext. 211

Karl was appointed Director of Music for White Memorial in 2007. In his role, Karl coordinates a talented team of full and part-time music ministry colleagues. Together they provide worship music leadership for the church’s four weekly services, seasonal worship, weddings and WTRs. Karl  participates in worship planning, choral and instrumental ensemble rehearsals, and service playing. He is a staff representative to the Worship Committee and initiated a 75th Anniversary Anthem Commissioning committee for the 2021-22 celebration of WMPC.

Previously, Karl held similar posts for churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenwood, Mississippi; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. He has also served as an Instructor and a Conductor of Handbell Choirs for the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey; St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. In addition to serving churches at the local level, Karl has participated in worship and theology committees at the Presbytery level and as a national board member for Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Karl loves the opportunity to combine interests in music, teaching, creative arts, nurture, and worship which results in ministry through music. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in church music from St. Olaf College and Westminster Choir College, respectively; and a D.A. in music education, choral emphasis from the University of Mississippi at Oxford.

Karl and Lora enjoy entertaining, gardening, and PBS’ Masterpiece.