- Sunday, December 22, 2013with chamber orchestra at Advent Evensong.Read more
Preparing Bach’s Magnificat was a turning point in the life of Canterbury Choir. It was one of those repertoire-stretching experiences that brought the musicianship level of all to a higher level. Because of the generosity of two choir families we were able to hire the orchestra and offer this magnificent choral work as part of our Advent Evensong. It was hard work, over several months, and in the end, an incredibly joyful and fulfilling experience.
- Sunday, February 24, 2013Presentation for Rector’s Forum at All Saints ChurchRead more
I’ve been asked to reflect today on 30 years of music ministry and on my vocation as a musician working in the church.
- Sunday, January 27, 2013Read more
This first evening Contemplative Eucharist was an outgrowth from our morning contemplative eucharist in Lent of 2012. For many years, we had a series of evensongs — usually six — throughout the program year. With this service, we began replacing a few of those with this new form. Much silence, an instrumental piece as the sermon, prayers through lighting candles,
- Sunday, November 4, 2012His final doctoral recital is two All Saints Sunday services of the Duruflé Requiem.Read more
One of my skills, developed over the years (especially the last five) at All Saints, has been guiding, mentoring and encouraging music staff members through the doctoral programs at the USC School of Music. There are many reasons that I chose to stop with a master’s degree, all of which were confirmed through these processes! One of the four recitals
- Sunday, March 11, 2012No words are spoken at 9:00 & 11:15 AM liturgies.Read more
The idea of a Sunday morning liturgy with no words spoken was an outgrowth of an idea that a parishioner had when Szymon Grab was first hired and gave a mini-recital for a group of major donors. The parishioner suggested to Ed Bacon that we could do with a lot less speaking at our services and have more music. Well, it
- Saturday, February 4, 2012
With five months of preparation, 60 members of Canterbury and Coventry choirs perform Mahler’s Symphony 8with Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic.Read more
No exaggeration. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The LA Philharmonic had scheduled all of the Mahler Symphonies to be performed during the 2011–2012 season. Symphony No. 8 requires a chorus of 800 and an orchestra of 200. It was the job of LA Master Chorale Director Grant Gershon to assemble and prepare those 800 singers. All Saints Church was
- Sunday, January 29, 2012Read more
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.
- Monday, August 1, 2011Read more
After 26 years as director of the children’s/youth choir program at All Saints, Stephanie Mowery accepted the position of director of the Syracuse Children’s Chorus. So in spring 2011, we began the process of hiring the next musician for this important position at All Saints. I had never led a search for such a position, but I had a pretty clear
- Sunday, March 27, 2011organ and piano duetsRead more
- Sunday, February 14, 2010Read more
As I slowly began the movement back into freelance work, this collaboration with Kyle Champion became an important milestone. The Beethoven and Martinu sonatas are virtuoso works for both the cellist and the pianist, and I worked very hard bringing back my piano technique. Working with Kyle is always a joy at All Saints, whether first chair cellist for all