Our Leadership

The NPM Chicago board is elected directly by membership and serves two year terms.


jessica koch | chapter director

Jessica Koch has worked as a music director in the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2002, and currently holds the position of Director of Music Ministries at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a piano performance concentration from Saint Xavier University and a Master of Music Education degree with a choral emphasis from VanderCook College of Music where she also served as Graduate Choral Assistant and Adjunct Professor. Jessica is an active composer and arranger of liturgical music, and she enjoys working with other choirs and directors as a clinician and guest conductor. She specializes in rehearsal techniques for eliciting professional sound from the amateur choir.

Get in touch with Jessica at info@npmchicago.org


keith kalemba | assistant chapter director

Born and raised in New Jersey, Keith Kalemba’s first experience of Catholic music ministry was as choir director for the Temple University Newman Center for four years. He was a delegate to the 1994 World Youth Day celebration in Rome, at which he represented the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. After moving to Illinois, Keith joined the music staff of St. Luke's Church in River Forest for three years.  Keith joined the editorial staff at World Library Publications in 2001. As a music editor, his responsibilities include editing of octavos, songbooks, and instrumental music. He lends his production and performance skills to various WLP recordings. Co-founder and artistic director of Oak Park’s Ensemble Modus Operandi, Keith's performance skills range from piano to percussion. He received both his Bachelor of Music in Composition and Master of Music in Composition from Temple University. His sacred compositions are published by World Library Publications. He is on the music staffs of both his parish, Ascension Church in Oak Park, and St. John of the Cross in Western Springs. He has served on the faculty of the Liturgical Music Institute in Huntington, New York. He has been a member of NPM since 2001 and has presented workshops at several national conventions.


michael ward | communications & membership director

Michael Ward currently serves as the Director of Music and Liturgy for St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook in Northbrook, IL.  He has a B.A. in Music Education from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Pastoral Liturgy and Music at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN.  At St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook, some of his responsibilities include directing the Adult Choir, Children's Choir, and Teen Mass Ensemble while also overseeing the Liturgy Team and Bereavement Ministry for the parish.  Michael has been behind some of the first ministries uniting from both St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook to serve the needs of all parishioners in the combined Catholic Community of Northbrook. Having been involved in Catholic music ministries since the 8th grade, Michael blends his experiences from all over the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee into his style of music ministry today.