has served as a church musician throughout his professional life, as choral conductor, organist, pianist and composer. A native of the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Mr. Shepperd earned a music degree at Augsburg College, Minneapolis and has done graduate study at the University of Minnesota. His compositions, both choral and instrumental, are represented in the catalogs of more than a dozen American music publishers. They have been performed by schools, churches and universities throughout the United States and abroad. He is a first place winner of the John Ness Beck Foundation competition and a winner of the VocalEssence and American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas Carol Contest in both 2010 and 2018. Mr. Shepperd resides in the St. Paul suburb of Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife, Mary. They are the parents of three grown children.