Elizabeth Lenti accepted the position of Associate Organist at the Cathedral in Cleveland and a teaching position at the Cleveland Institute of Music, beginning in the fall of 2011. I had learned a few things about running a search, through the processing of hiring Elizabeth in 2004–2005.
We advertised the Associate Organist-Choirmaster position that summer of 2011, receiving many resumes/recordings. I chose the top three candidates (all excellent), met one-on-one with each of them for about an hour to get a sense of compatibility with me and the job, and chose to audition and interview two candidates in late October. Through the process, we had a search committee, but they relied on my advice and counsel, as this particular job is so dependent on the chemistry of the director and the associate.
Szymon Grab, a native of Poland and student of Cherry Rhodes in the DMA program at USC, was the clear choice. Since this was a fall search, I had covered all organ playing through Christmas, using a few excellent local substitute organists. Szymon began work at All Saints in late January 2012, and was a wonderful colleague for over three years, prior to his return to Poland.