Ken has been involved in music since he was in early elementary school, singing in the children’s choirs at school and church, as well as taking piano lessons. He was fascinated with the sound of the church organ, and with all of the knobs and buttons on the console. That led to beginning formal organ lessons at age 15 and his first church position as Organist-Choirmaster while a senior in high school.
He went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance, Magna Cum Laude, at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, studying with Joan Lippincott and Donald McDonald, and minoring in voice and choral conducting. He also sang with the famed Westminster and Westminster Symphonic Choirs, performing regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras among others.
He went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Michigan where he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Organ Performance as a student of Robert Glasgow. During that time, he also sang with the University Chamber Choir, highlights of which were performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, seven weeks as Chorus-in-Residence at the Opera Festival in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, and a three-week European tour.
Through those years and since, Dr. Sass has served as Organist or Director of Music-Organist, full time, part time, or as substitute in various churches in the communities in which he has resided.