Dr. Carol R.S. McDaniel, Director of Worship & Music Arts and Organist
Carol R. (Schroeder) McDaniel has served as Bethany’s Director of Worship & Music Arts and Organist since 1990. In addition to administrating the school and church music programs and assisting the pastors with worship planning, Carol directs our 80 voice adult choir, 3 school choirs and our advanced adult handbell choir. She received her B.S. in Education, with an emphasis in organ, music education and parish music, from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska in 1983, studying primarily with Charles Ore. She was a graduate teaching assistant and received her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1985. In 2007 she received her Doctoral Degree in Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies in Florida. Carol also serves as a part-time faculty member and organist at Concordia University in Irvine, California, and she is a frequent clinician and organist for Lutheran events in the southern California area. When she’s not at Bethany or Concordia, Carol enjoys running, writing new hymn texts for worship and traveling with her husband Gary and their four children.