Eileen Guenther
Professor of Church Music


Eileen Guenther is professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary. She teaches music and worship courses, directs the chapel choir, co-directs the chapel services.

She has led seven groups of Wesley students on intercultural immersion trips to South Africa. Dr. Guenther has served as visiting lecturer at Africa University in Zimbabwe. As part of the Global Praise team she has taught music and worship in Uganda for representatives from the five countries that make up the East Africa Conference of The United Methodist Church and in Cote d’Ivoire.

Eileen is a national and international organ recitalist and has performed in recordings with Etherea Records, the US Air Force Orchestra, Vista Records (London) and Foundry Records. As an extension of her music ministry, she leads workshops nationally for musical and denominational organizations. Her book, Rivals or a Team: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century was published by MorningStar Music in 2012 and she is currently writing a book on The Power of Spirituals.

Dr. Guenther has just concluded three terms as president of the American Guild of Organists, having previously served this international organization of 16,500 members in a variety of capacities from National Councillor for Organizational Concerns to National Vice President. For many years she was the host of an award-winning program, "The Royal Instrument," heard on Washington's primary classical music station at that time, WGMS.

In June 2007, Dr. Guenther concluded a distinguished career at Foundry United Methodist Church, where she had served as minister of music and liturgy for many years. The Foundry Choir appeared at General Conference twice and at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference on many occasions. They sang at The White House numerous times and were described by The Washington Post as "one of Washington's best choruses." With repertoire ranging from J. S. Bach to Washington, D.C. composer Thomas Beveridge, these singers presented a Concert for Life for many years, raising over $600,000 for organizations serving those living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and in the Washington area.

Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • Chapel Choir
  • Exploring the Hymnal
  • Music Skills for the Local Church
  • Music and Social Justice
  • Sacred Music in the USA
  • Songs of Zion: Spirituals in the Life of The Church, taught with William McClain
  • Worship Today, taught with Lucy Hogan


  • University of Kansas, B.A., English
  • University of Kansas, B.M., Organ
  • The Catholic University of America, M.A., Musicology
  • The Catholic University of America, D.M.A., Organ 

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