An Illinois native, Ted earned his Bachelors in music at Rhodes College, a small liberal arts school in Memphis, TN, before coming to Champaign-Urbana. He is currently enrolled in the masters of organ program at the university as a student of Dana Robinson and Charlotte Mattax, studying harpsichord as well as organ. Before coming to First Presbyterian, Ted was the organist at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Danville. In his free time, Ted enjoys reading fantasy books, especially J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as baking, among other things.