Esther Woelfle is almost a Calgary native, having come to Calgary when she was 6 years old. That’s also the age she started piano lessons. Since then she has been busily adding to her list of musical involvements, playing for church services by age 14, and church choirs by age 16. At 16 she also did the first of five 3-month tours with The Continentals, a gospel touring choir organization that traveled all over the US, Canada and Europe.
After her 2nd tour (during which she wrote her Grade 12 final exams on the road!), she started post-secondary studies at University of Calgary, graduating with her BMus in 1993. She also received her ARCT in Piano Performance in 1991. That same year she first met Marni Strome, when she was hired as accompanist for the Calgary Children’s Choir, a position she held for 9 years.
In the years since then, she has played for numerous choirs in the city, taught music courses at Rocky Mountain College, was Dean of Music at a small Bible college she helped to found, and began teaching private lessons in piano, voice and theory (which she does to this day). She also frequently accompanies singers and other instrumentalists in performances around the city.
While Esther has frequently substituted at St. Giles over the years, she became the resident Church Musician in the fall of 2010.
Esther is married to Alvin and they have a daughter. She enjoys reading, cooking, and dabbles (at a very amateur level) in gardening. She loves animals, although her household is currently pet-less.