Andrea Toven grew up in northwest Wisconsin, a Minnesota Vikings fan in the middle of “enemy territory.” She graduated from St. Olaf College in 1995 with a BA in Music, where she had the tremendous honor of playing bass and contrabass clarinets in the St. Olaf Band, bass clarinet in the St. Olaf Orchestra, and contrabass clarinet in the St. Olaf Clarinet Choir. She also sang first alto in the St. Olaf Cantorei, studied choral and instrumental conducting, and wrote music for the Band and Clarinet Choir. Andrea took a fifth undergraduate year at UW-Milwaukee, studying medieval history and religious studies, followed by MDiv and MA-Church Music studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Luther Seminary. She served her internship at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Richland Center, WI, in 2001-02. After returning from study abroad at Gladstone’s Library in Wales during her last year at Luther, where she researched the intersection of Celtic and Benedictine monasticism in early medieval England, Andrea met a radio engineer named Shane, and they got married a year later. They spent time in Minnesota and Michigan and lived in Laramie, Wyoming, for several years before moving to California in March 2020.
When travel restrictions allow, Andrea loves cruising anywhere and exploring new-to-her places in England. Someday, she would like to do a Ph.D. in early medieval English church history, focusing on worship and liturgy in monastic communities. Andrea likes riding trains, eating lefse, watching soccer, and speaking Norwegian. Her athletic non-prowess peaked when she bowled her Hebrew professor out for a duck in the annual Luther Seminary cricket match … and yes, she got extra credit points for that.