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  • Dear James,
    When we think of All Saints and when we tell people about All Saints, we always say something about how great the music is. We know enough choir members so that we have another “read” on how much effort and preparation goes into what you and all the choirs undertake and the results achieved.
    We have stayed behind to listen to the postlude, even though we might skip out if the forum is Kenny Turan. We have enjoyed dining with you at least twice at the fundraising galas. We are very sad to see you go, but can appreciate that it is a time for you to take on a new kind of control and freedom in your life in, of, and around music.
    We hope that we will hear about opportunities to hear you play and/​or direct in the future. We feel privileged to have gotten to know you a bit and to have had the blessings of your work for something like 18 years.
    All our love and respect to you and Godspeed.
    Hugh and Marleen

    Hugh and Marleen Scheffyvia letter
  • Dear James,
    I have been with you from the very beginning. I have watched you grow in all ways. Your music has always been superb.
    I don’t know what I will tell people about All Saints. Before I would say you will find the holy spirit and music out of this world.
    Our music is all kinds, but excellent musicianship. You will be sorely missed.
    Yet, life is short and you do need to live your life to the fullest. We do need change.
    Go forth with my love and blessings. Wishing you all the best on your new journey.
    Much love,

    Alma Stokesvia letter
  • Dear James,
    You have been such a blessing to us! I am grateful for your sharing your considerable musical talents, which have deeply enriched our worship these many years. I want to particularly thank you for continuing to bring new multicultural pieces to All Saints.
    I wish you many blessings in this next path in your journey. Congratulations on your retirement.
    Love and prayers,

    Karen Hayesvia letter
  • Dear James,
    We wanted to leave you with a small note of gratitude for all the magnificent singing we have heard here over the past (almost) 30 years. You bring a joy to the congregants, and for many, the singing is the height of the service. To say that we will miss you is a sad understatement. To say that we wish you magic and joy as you leave is far truer.
    Thank you,
    The Gouldings

    The Goulding familyvia letter
  • Dear James,
    For 34 years you have spoken eloquently and from the heart with music and song. Today you spoke eloquently and from the heart with words, words as moving and as meaningful as anything we hear. Thank you.
    For all those years you have given us or in some sense allowed us to hear the glory of God in so many ways: in solo and blended voices, in soft and gentle melody, in unexpected rhythm and language, and in soaring and joyous music. In music and song you have elevated worship, and in doing so elevated us.
    You have a rare talent, a marvelous gift, something that like love can be shared freely without ever losing what you have. I am very grateful that you have chosen to share it with us for so long.
    Now you are moving on. We will miss you; I will miss you. You have my fond regards, and best wishes for your new path. Thank you for everything — and you had better believe that yes, your are loved.

    Blaine Cavenavia letter
  • Wow! What incredible gifts you have given us with passion and love!
    Thank you, James.
    Thank you! Thank you!
    Incredible to think of 34 years … I did not take it for granted.
    Now you can go into the world … and they will LOVE you as we do!!

    Sandy Bieryvia letter
  • James,
    Thank you for years of joy! Your arrival was such a wonderful gift to all of us. Tracy and I have enjoyed and appreciated every offering — here in Pasadena and New Orleans.
    May your retirement bring you wonderful adventures, passion and great joy … just as you’ve given us so generously.
    With love and great respect,
    Sally and Tracy

    Sally Yingling and Tracy Webbvia letter
  • Dear James,
    Well, I guess I can no longer remain in denial. You truly are leaving us, aren’t you? Here are a few of my thoughts as this reality sinks in.
    Let me begin by saying that this year’s Spring Concert was even more glorious than usual. It presented a brilliant illustration of the gifts you have shared with us these past thirty-​four years — your broad musical knowledge, your unfailing sense of what “fits” each situation, and your skill at bringing forth the best from your singers. Even Gloria’s remarks, although definitely hers, were a tribute to your marvelous sense of humor.
    It is your pastoral heart, however, that has made a special place for you in my own heart. I will always remember your caring support for me after I lost Richard and was struggling with coming back to the Sunday morning service. (Richard, by the way, was one of your most enthusiastic admirers.)
    So … thank you. Thank you for every well-​chosen hymn and anthem, for all the evensongs and Lessons and Carols, for “Lux aeterna” and “A Ceremony of Carols,” and for everything you ever did by Bach. Thank you, too, for “Maple Leaf Rag.” Independence Day Sunday will not be the same without it. I will miss you more than these words can express.
    With love and gratitude,

    Linda Shirbrounvia letter