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NCYC Administrative Staff

Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB, Founder and Program DirectorFr. Anthony Ruff, OSBFr. Anthony has been a monk of Saint John's Abbey since 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1993. He teaches undergraduate and graduate theology in the areas of liturgy, liturgical music, and Gregorian chant. As Abbey music director he plays organ and directs chant.  He did graduate studies at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, and Yale University, and his doctorate in liturgy is from the theology department of the University of Graz, Austria. Fr. Anthony has served on the boards of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, The Hymn Society, and the Catholic Academy for Liturgy. He served on the Music Subcommittee of the U.S. National Bishops' Conference Committee on the Liturgy which drafted the bishops' 2008 music document Sing to the Lord and chaired the International Committee that wrote the English Chant for the 2011 Roman Missal. He is on the Board of Trustees of St. John's University. He has published many articles on liturgical music, and he frequently presents in this area across the country and in Europe. His 702-page book, Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations, was published in 2007 by Liturgy Training Publications. He has published three collections fo the responsorial psalms, sung gospels, and latin chant for parishes. Fr. Anthony does priestly ministry to the neighboring community of Benedictine sisters and at the local county jail. He blogs at PrayTell. 

Andre HeywoodAndré Heywood, Conductor
Born in Trinidad, André Heywood grew up and studied in London, Ontario earning undergraduate degrees in both Biochemistry and Music Education, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Western Ontario. A former chorister of the renowned Amabile Boys' and Men's Choirs, Mr. Heywood served as the group's assistant conductor for two years before moving to Minnesota in 2007. Since then he has worked on the campus of Saint John's Abbey and University, serving as Artistic Director of The Saint John's Boys' Choir, conductor of the Saint John's Abbey Schola (monastic choir), Liturgical Music Director at Saint John's Preparatory School, and as an adjunct faculty member at the university where he directs two ensembles and teaches graduate choral conducting. He has twice been awarded by the American Choral Directors' Association of Minnesota - in 2011 with the VocalEssence Creative Programming Award, and in 2013 as the Outstanding Young Director of the Year. A highly sought after clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Mr. Heywood is a well-known specialist in developing young male voices. He is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.

Mandy Wolvert, Office Manager
Mandy joined the NCYC staff in October 2016. She brings more than 10 years of experience, working in both corporate and non-profit environments. Her experience includes program development, event planning, marketing, and creative. Mandy has an undergraduate degree from the St. Cloud State University in communications and marketing with an emphasis in public relations. Mandy is able to assist you with any questions regarding the NCYC program, applications, scholarships, camp, tour and concerts at [email protected].


Lucy Cervino
, Office Assistant/Summer 2016 Program Assistant 
Lucy is from Orange County, California. She became an office assistant for the National Catholic Youth Choir in the spring of 2015, during her freshman year at College of Saint Benedict. She is currently an entrepreneur scholar on campus and is majoring in Global Business Leadership and minoring in Psychology. Her interests and hobbies include international business, all animals, warm weather, photography, traveling and working as an office assistant for NCYC! 

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