Tina Dawn Anderson is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish.
She grew up in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in Montana with her parents and older brother. After graduating from Columbia Falls High School in 1997, she moved to Moscow and earned an undergraduate degree in music education (band emphasis) with a minor in vocal music education and certification to teach K-12 music, band and choir from the University of Idaho, then a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Washington State Universtiy. Tina and Jon Anderson were married in 2002. They have been blessed with a daughter, Maia, and son, Will.
Tina has been involved in the music ministry for most of her life. She remembers playing a hymn or two on piano at St. William’s in Gardiner, MT and later becoming involved in the music ministry of St. Richard’s in Columbia Falls, first as a trumpet player and then as a singer. While attending the U of I, Tina began her involvement at St. Mary’s by playing her trumpet from the choir loft. A couple of years later, in 2000, she began serving as Director of Music Ministry.
In November of 2017, Tina began also serving as director of Pastoral Ministry, coordinating programs such as the monthly meetings of the “wise elders”, baptismal prep, and taking Communion to the sick and home-bound.
Tina continues to play her trumpet in the U of I Faculty Brass Quintet and the Palouse Brass. When not making music or chasing after the kids (and sometimes while chasing after the kids), Tina enjoys gardening, cooking and baking, running and hiking, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with her family.