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Timeline: James Walker at All Saints Church

1983–2017

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    Szymon Grab’s first Sunday as Associate Organist-Choirmaster

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    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.

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  • Jenny Tisi begins as Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs

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    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 

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  • photo with Elizabeth Lenti at Ed Bacon's 10-year anniversary service in the street

    Elizabeth Lenti and James Walker offer 4 Hands, 4 Feet

    organ and piano duets
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  • photo of James Walker & Kyle Champion

    Kyle Champion and James Walker perform sonatas for cello and piano

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    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 

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  • photo of Bill Cunliffe

    Bill Cunliffe wins a Grammy

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  • photo of eucharist table

    General Convention of the National Episcopal Church 2009

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    Another crazy end of season, coming just one week after the Association of Anglican Musicians performance by both Canterbury and Coventry choirs. We headed to Anaheim on a bus and led the rousing Integrity Eucharist — celebrating LGBT ministries in the Episcopal Church — in a ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center. Another inspiring time and grateful to have been asked by the national church.

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  • Association of Anglican Musicians National Conference

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    It’s a big deal to be invited to perform for an Association of Anglican Musicians national conference! As such, I was pleased that the leaders, knowing our reputation for high quality and for pushing the boundaries of church repertoire, asked us to lead a Jazz Matins. We had the repertoire, with Bill Cunliffe, and both Canterbury and Coventry choirs arranged to take the day off to lead this service. More than anything, I was deeply moved by the ovation the AAM members gave to the fact that there were even choirs there during the middle of the day. That never…

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  • Norman Lear’s Born Again American films in Rose Bowl

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    After Barack Obama was elected President in November 2008, Norman Lear had the idea of making a video that could be part of the celebrations around the Inauguration — something that would celebrate the joy of our diversity as a nation. The idea was to have one song that would be sung by diverse soloists and ensembles in iconic US locations. Lear has had a long association /​friendship with All Saints Church, so he called Ed Bacon, asking that the All Saints Choir perform the song in the Rose Bowl. I didn’t immediately warm to the idea, and truth…

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    After two years of recording sessions, the Bill Cunliffe CD launches

    Here are Bill’s notes about the process of transformation
    In Program Notes, Timeline All Saints on

    In early 1998, I was looking for a spiritual home in Los Angeles. A friend, actor Steve Rowe, told me about a very special place, All Saints Episcopal Church, in Pasadena. Their motto is, “Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, there is a place here for you.” That intrigued me, as I was 

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  • At All Saints’ 125th Anniversary Concert

    Canterbury and Coventry choirs premiere Jon Bailey’s Epiphanies
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    Jon Bailey and I are friends dating back to the early years of GALAS (Gays and Lesbians All Saints) in the mid-1980’s. On the music faculty of Pomona College for many years, he approached me in the early 21st century about composing some pieces for the All Saints Choirs. Coventry Choir premiered his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, and we talked about his writing a longer work. The 125th anniversary of the founding of All Saints was coming up in a couple years, and I suggested that might be a wonderful occasion for a new work. Who would write the text?…

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