Elizabeth and Zach Westhoven, Directors Of Youth Bands

Elizabeth and Zach Westhoven are the directors of All Shepherds Lutheran Church’s Youth bands, Halfway to Heaven--“H2H” (high school ensemble)--and Almost There (middle school ensemble).  They have been members of ASLC for over five years, and they are excited to take on this role and teach teens how to praise God through song.

Elizabeth is an elementary music teacher at Oak Creek Elementary School in Olentangy Local Schools, and she also directs the children’s choir at All Shepherds.  She graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, where she is also currently pursuing her masters degree in music education.  As a vocal musician, she has performed and toured internationally with various ensembles including the Capital University Chapel Choir and the United States Youth Choir, and she has frequently performed solos and duets for weddings and church services.  As a board member of the Tri-City Kodaly Educators, Elizabeth is a leader among local music educators, and she is excited to bring her expertise to All Shepherds.

Zach is a middle school language arts teacher at Dempsey Middle School in Delaware City Schools, and he is an active member of the All Shepherds adult choir.  He is a graduate of Capital University, where he sang with the Chordsmen under the direction of composer Craig Courtney.  He has also sung in various choirs, ensembles, and musicals and has lead or performed music for several weddings.  A pianist from a young age, Zach first began performing as a teen with a praise band at his parents’ church in Napoleon, Ohio.  He continues to serve as an occasional accompanist and enjoys learning new music in his free time.  

Zach and Elizabeth have been making music together for years and are excited to offer All Shepherds their passion for praise and worship repertoire and for teaching eager young musicians.  Our ensembles always welcome interested singers and instrumentalists, so please contact zwesthoven@gmail.com for more information.