Deasley, Rick

Rick Deasley, born 1962 in Manchester, England, growing up there, in Canada, and in the United States. He is currently Director of Worship Life and Organist at Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas, (a suburb of Kansas City), where he plays a 55-rank Martin Ott pipe organ.

Rick served as Director of Worship Arts/Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mission, KS (2001-2005), Music Director & Organist at Hope Lutheran Church & School, Shawnee, KS (1991-2001) and as Organist/Choirmaster at Children's Memorial Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO (1986-1991).

He holds a degree in music composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with John Ditto and John Obetz and composition with Gerald Kemner. He is published by several church music publishers.

Rick is a past dean of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the American Guild of Organists (1996-97), was Associate Director of the American Institute of Musicology (1993-2001), and served as managing editor of Sacred Music News & Review from 1997-2001. Since 1993, he has traveled extensively to church music conferences across the United States, including three National Conventions of the AGO, presenting seminars on church music software. He is recognized for his expertise with the Finale music notation software and multimedia music databases.

Organ music by Rick Deasley