Caleb Siefkes, Board of Directors Chair

Caleb is a native of Sleepy Eye, MN. Caleb studied piano for a number of years and has sung regularly with Deo Cantamus. Caleb is a co-owner of Haala Industries in Sleepy Eye, where he manages several departments and holds certifications in areas such as welding and robotics programming. Caleb is a deacon and serves as treasurer at Calvary Baptist Church of Sleepy Eye, where he also assists in leading songs for worship. He and his wife Katherine have six children.

Jerry Schwenke, Board of Directors Vice-Chair

Jerry received a bachelor's degree in church music from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL, and a M.A. in Higher Education: Organization and Governance from the University of Denver. He taught music in Denver for several years and has served as administrator of Chisago Lakes Baptist School in Chisago City, MN. He currently works as Administrative Director for the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Jerry is a member of Sovereign Grace Church, has three children, and lives in Bloomington, MN.

Tim Emslie, Treasurer

Tim Emslie holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in agricultural economics and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Tim serves as a deacon at Fourth Baptist Church and has also been a member of the board of Central Seminary of Minneapolis. He works as research manager at CHS, a grain company based in St. Paul. He and his wife Kimberly live in Plymouth, MN, and have four children.

Carmen Allen, Director
Music has been an important part of Carmen’s life since early childhood.  Her parents encouraged each of their seven children to be involved in music as they grew up.  Carmen studied piano and flute through high school and college, and then earned a master’s degree in music composition.  With a pastor husband, she has served in several churches and colleges, always having music as part of her ministry with choirs, orchestras, and small ensembles.  She was thrilled to discover Deo Cantamus when her family moved to New Hope two years ago, and she appreciates the purpose and quality of musicianship of the ensemble. We sing for God!

Samantha Laumann, Director
Samantha received her Bachalors of Music in Vocal Performance in 2006 at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in her home state of North Carolina. In 2010, she graduated with her Masters of Music in Musical Theatre Performance at the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee in Boston, MA. Samantha serves as a Lecturer of Voice and Musical Theatre at the University of Minnesota and runs her own private voice studio in Minneapolis. She is humbled and honored to be a part of the board, and is eager to serve through music and service for the glory and honor of Christ. Soli Deo Gloria.

Sam Macalus, Director

Sam Macalus has had a passion for high quality vocal music from his earliest days. As a youth, he toured Europe with the Metropolitan Boys’ Choir of Minneapolis. Since that time, he has sung in various vocal ensembles, including the Deo Cantamus of MN Chorale. He regularly participates in the music of Fourth Baptist Church, where he also serves as an administrative deacon and as a board member of Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis. Sam is a Lead Project Manager at Target Corp. and holds a degree in business from the University of Minnesota. He, his wife Hannah, and his three daughters reside in Plymouth, MN.

Tom Oberg, Director

Tom was born to loving Christian parents who taught him the gospel from an early age. He came to faith in Christ at a Christian camp when he was 15 years old. After high school Tom traveled with a Christian musical drama ministry where he met his wife Bonnie. They have been married for 38 years and have three grown children and two grandsons. Tom graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in bible education. Tom is a Regional Sales Manager with Eaton Notification. “I have been fortunate to be involved with choral singing from an early age. I love the majesty and grandeur of the Lord portrayed through music. I am so thankful to be a part of Deo Cantamus. Seeing God magnified and glorified through its ministry is wonderful."

Eric Patenaude, Director

A native of Crookston, MN, Eric received a bachelor's degrees in Music and Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He studied piano as well through college and loves to play at home and at church. He currently works as a Sr. Business Analyst at General Mills, a company he has been with for 13 years. Prior to working at General Mills Eric sang bass in professional touring a cappella group for 6 years. He lives with his wife Becca, and four daughters in Bloomington, MN.