My name is Tamaron Conseur and I am delighted to have recently joined St. James as Director of Music in May 2015. I feel blessed to be at such a wonderful, vibrant parish. I look forward to seeing the passion and dedication that everyone brings to St. James Parish.
Growing up in San Diego, California, as the son of artistic parents (my father is a drummer, mom a dancer), I was immersed in the arts at an early age. I went on to study music at San Diego State University and later earned my Masters in Music with a focus on Voice Performance and Literature from Northwestern University. While studying, I worked at churches as an assistant conductor and assistant director. In addition, I have sung with many different ensembles, including the San Diego Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus, and Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Music has been at the heart of my faith and spirituality. When my wife, Natalie, and I were first engaged Natalie took me to Mass. I remember very clearly listening and taking in the music, noticing how honest, natural, and moving it was. I liked how the music helped weave together a complete and unified message. I remember hearing the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) and realizing the sanctity of that moment, the way the music helped everyone prepare to receive the body and blood of our Lord. After Natalie and I got married, we continued to go to Mass together, and in 2007 I decided to go through RCIA and convert to Catholicism. My family has brought me to this faith, and I wish to share the love of God through song and praise. We now have three children: Julian (6), Claire (3), and Daniel (6 months), and live in Buffalo Grove. I love spending time with my family, cooking, working out, playing basketball and watching sports with my oldest son.
My favorite Bible quote is “You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:3-10, the Beatitudes, because they show us the way to live our lives.