It has been quite a year! When I came onboard the music staff last August, I had seen on paper everything that would be in store for me as a part of this program; but that scarcely prepared me for the whirlwind of musical services, programs, events and travels. From Choir Camp with the choristers in Richmond (during which I commuted to NYC and back for the concluding Sunday of my prior appointment!), to Christmas, the Presidential Inaugural (yes, that was just a few months ago), Easter, an international concert tour with 40 choristers and so much more.
The position which I have held, Church Music Fellow, was made possible through the Association of Anglican Musicians. Its purpose is to offer a young church musician the opportunity to “dive into the deep end” and gain valuable experience working for ten months in a large, vibrant musical institution. To the educational end of that goal and my time here, I am profoundly indebted to my colleagues Mike McCarthy and Benjamin Straley for their tremendous support and help. And I would be remiss not to mention the countless staff and congregation members – and, of course, choristers! – who have made it possible for my wife and me to call this place home.
The other aim of the AAM Fellowship is to make a person such as myself employable; to that end, I get to say with great joy that I will be staying at the Cathedral for the foreseeable future as Assistant Organist! I am thrilled to get to join the music staff permanently, and continue making music and praising God in this wonderful place.
See you in church!