Dr. James Marriott is the Kreft Chair for Music Arts and director of Music Arts at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
An Alabama native, Marriott teaches worship courses and oversees a diverse range of musical activities associated with the worship and ministry life of the Seminary community. These include directing the Seminary’s Laudamus choir and the St. Louis Lutheran Chorale, formerly known as Pro Musica Sacra, as well as serving as organist-in-residence. He joined Concordia Seminary in the 2015-16 academic year as director of Music Arts. He was installed as the Kreft Chair for Music Arts in 2017.
Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, and Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, respectively, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Liturgical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., with an emphasis in liturgical inculturation. He received his Alternate Route Certificate from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and was ordained in 2020.
Marriott has served a variety of congregations across the United States, including Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Ill., where he was the director of worship from 2009-15. Previously, he was the director of sanctuary worship at St. John Lutheran Church and School in Rochester, Mich., from 2007-09, and the minister of music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., from 2004-07.
He also founded and, until 2017, served as the artistic director for Evangelii, the youth choir of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill., which toured annually across the nation, including performances at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the national convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and other significant venues.
He and his wife, Kristi, are blessed with two children, Joel and Kirstin.