Paul Ellison Directs 25th Advent Liturgy

AAM president Paul Ellison directed his 25th Advent Liturgy in December. Ellison instigated this service in 1991 and has directed all but two of them over the years. An expanded Schola Adventus sang, the organist was George Anton Emblom, and the officiant Fr Paul Allick, rector of Church of the Advent in San Francisco. Musical highlights of the service included Handl’s Duo seraphim, Ledger’s A Spotless Rose, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, and Palestrina’s Magnificat Primi Toni.

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St Paul’s Cathedral Choristers are preparing for a major eight-venue tour of the USA in April 2018. The tour is part of the Cathedral’s 60th Anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel – a tribute to US servicemen who gave their lives in the Second World War. The chapel was created by Eisenhower and Churchill, and opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1958.

St Pauls Boys Choir

The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s: “In 1953 St Paul’s was the first UK cathedral choir ever to tour the United States. It did so as a ‘thank you’ to the American people following our joint efforts in the Second World War. Over six decades on we are thrilled such a strong connection remains, and that we are able to honor the Special Relationship through music.” Continue reading

New Anthems Released

Peter Niedmann

Peter Niedmann

Peter Niedmann had several new anthems released recently, including Heir of the Highest Heaven (Augsburg Fortress), which was commissioned by Kevin Jones and First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio. Also recently published is Come, Let Us Sound with Melody (The Sacred Music Press). Both pieces are SATB voices & organ. These can be seen and heard at Peter is a Connecticut composer, currently the Dean of the Greater Hartford Chapter AGO.

Bruce J. Barber II

Bruce J. Barber II has been appointed Director of Music at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Greenville, Delaware. Prior to his work at Christ Church, he served as Director of Cathedral Music of St. James Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois, from March 2004 until February 2015; he served as Canon Precentor and Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico, from May 1994 until March of 2004; and he served as Parish Musician at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Connecticut, from July 1984 until May 1994. Bruce becomes the fifth Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church since 1890, and follows the most distinguished thirty-two-year tenure of Dr. William Owen.

Orlando Student Wins MAULTSBY Prize in Piano Performance

History was made on April 18th in the Robinson Music Building on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach when eighteen-year-old Orlando native Michael LeGrand took top honors to become the first-ever young artist to claim a MAULTSBY PRIZE in Piano Performance award.

Michael, a home-schooled student in Orange County who studies piano and organ under Benjamin Lane, won the MAULTSBY PRIZE after having been named the first-ever Organ Scholar for the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Luke in downtown Orlando. While serving for a year as a classical music ambassador with the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation, Michael will embark on his first year of undergraduate studies at either Indiana University (Bloomington) or the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the MAULTSBY PRIZE honors the career lifetime achievements of Namesake Patron Dr. Carl L. MaultsBy, a distinguished Central Floridian who has gained numerous accolades and earned much-merited distinction as a master organist, accompanying and solo pianist, composer, arranger, music minister, and choral director.

Canon David Link

Canon David Link was honored on May 29th for thirty years as Director of Music/organist & choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento, California. The Cathedral Choir, Celebration Choir, Resurrexit, and Cathedral Choristers sang music specially prepared for the occasion, and general merriment and eating ensued.

During his thirty years at the Cathedral, Canon Link founded the Cathedral Music Series and the Annual Diocesan Choir Festival. The Cathedral Choir has taken five trips to England, in residence at Wells, Chichester, Salisbury, Winchester, Norwich, Lincoln, Truro, Peterborough, Canterbury, and Southwark Cathedrals, as well as York Minster and Westminster Abbey. He has worked with three different Bishops and three different Deans during his tenure, and has been blessed with the gifts of many talented singers and musicians over the years. He is currently overseeing the restoration and enlargement of the Cathedral’s 1983 Reuter pipe organ.

In honor of his thirty years of ministry, Canon Link took the summer of 2015 as a sabbatical, enjoying backpacking the Wonderland Trail circumnavigating Mount Rainier, and sleeping in on Sunday mornings.

Region 5 AAM Midwinter Conference: January 18-20, 2015

Region 5 of the Association of Anglican Musicians invites you to join us in Chicago on January 18, 19 and 20, 2015, for an exciting MidWinter Conference. “Cultivating Excellence in Liturgy, Music and Preaching” is a conference for clergy and musicians, that will explore the complex interplay between the work of the musician and the work of the clergyperson. Building upon the sermon preached by The Rt. Reverend Eugene Sutton at last summer’s AAM Convention in Washington, D.C., we will explore in more detail his notion of a new, Anglican “three-legged stool.” With worship, learning sessions, recital, workshops, and a panel discussion, this will be a MidWinter Conference not to be missed. Please make plans now to join us in Chicago. Please see the Region 5 website pages for more details.