Rejoice music has been a part of Celebration Service and other activities at Cathedral of Light for more than 20 years. Some faces have come and gone but the quality of the Rejoice sound has remained. All are professionals, all are perfectionists!!! Enjoy the inspirational and rejuvenating sounds of Rejoice at Sunday service or by listening to our Cathedral of Light Worship Services online. It is Soul Food for the ears!!!
Meet the talented members of REJOICE music!
Kent Ellingson has served as pianist and keyboardist for Rejoice at the Cathedral of Light since 1991. He retired last spring after thirty-one years as a fulltime instructor of music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where he taught jazz piano, music theory, composition, and vocal jazz. Kent currently teaches applied jazz piano and other music classes at Collin College, Plano, as well as Eastfield College in Mesquite.
As an educator, Kent has worked with both instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles. He was the recipient of the Sammons D’Jam Jazz Educator Award in 2016. He continues to work yearly at the Collin College summer jazz camp as faculty pianist and jazz instructor.
Kent performs locally with his own group (including wife Kay as vocalist) and freelances as a
pianist/keyboardist throughout the Metroplex. He has truly enjoyed his 28 year involvement with the
Cathedral of Light, and looks forward each Sunday to performing the wonderful music of the church.
Birthday: May 20 and at COL since 1991
Kay Ellingson joined the music ministry at Cathedral of Light in 1991, as a lead singer in
Rejoice. A professional solo vocal artist, Kay has performed in a myriad of venues and
productions, including musicals, cabaret, and in concert. Her singing style and selection
of material is also diverse, ranging from jazz, blues, and pop, to rock, country, and
classical. In addition to Rejoice, Kay sings with her own bands, The K. Ellingson Group
and Wives and Lovers.
“I started singing when I was three. That’s all I ever wanted to do. Growing up, I couldn’t
decide whether to be Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, or Maria Callas, so I explored,
listened, sang, and continue to sing it all. As part of Rejoice, I have the opportunity to
also share it all with the most amazing musicians and congregation – who are also my
beloved friends and family. Melinda Allen has introduced me to a whole new world of
songs, songwriters, thoughts, and ideas. I can’t wait to see where next we will travel
together on this spiritual musical journey.”
Birthday: May 04 and at COL since 1991
Rita has enjoyed singing with “Rejoice” at COL for 29 years. She is a professional singer/band leader. Rita was a high school Theatre teacher for 19 years and has directed hundreds of musicals and plays, as well as having starring roles in numerous productions. Powers possesses a BA in Music and an MS in Theatre. She serves on the board of the Dallas Summer Musicals Guild and judges for the DSM High School Musical Awards and UIL. Currently, Rita works as a Texas Woman’s University Professor/ Supervisor for student teachers and mentors private voice students from her own studio.
Birthday: May 14 and at COL since 1991
Check out the Rejoice Music Band at Christmas