PSR Welcomes New Staff Members Matthew Wolka and Ruben Cortez

November 1, 2013

We are excited to announce that Matthew Wolka has been hired as the new Music Director at PSR, and Ruben Cortez has been selected as the new Admissions Associate. While there were many gifted and qualified applicants for these two important positions in the in the PSR community, Matt and Ruben rose to the top because of their extensive experience in a diverse settings. 

With experience as Music Director in UCC, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches over the past twenty years, Matt is an expert at bringing eclectic and informed musical styles into worship. In addition, he formed and directed the Ravenswood Community Orchestra in Chicago, and created a new evening worship experience in Los Angeles under the theme “Where the Ancient meets the Urban”. Since earning a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, Matt has gained a deep appreciation for world cultures based in part on his travels in Eastern Europe and Brazil. He is an active composer of congregational and choral music and plays piano with the newly created Flip Flop Trio. He also serves as an accompanist for Broadway musicals presented by local schools.

Ruben is originally from the central coast of California, and was most recently a staff person at Communication Works, a speech-language pathology and occupational therapy clinic for people with special needs (mostly children). He is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he earned a BA in Music with a concentration in voice and composition. As a student there he worked for the admissions department, assisting with administrative support as well as prospective student recruitment, so not only does he come to PSR with great administrative skills, but also a knowledge of and appreciation for admissions and recruitment work. 

If you’d like to offer your musical gifts in worship or be involved in other music-making endeavors, please email Matt at mwolka[at]psr[dot]edu.  And if you'd like to take a moment to introduce yourself to Ruben, email him at rcortez[at]psr[dot]edu and help him get to know the beautiful, diverse, and gifted community that is PSR.

Thanks to both the Music Director Search Committee (Oscar Burdick, Lydia Mulkey and Patrisha Gill) and the Admissions Team for their hard work in finding these two new members of the PSR community.