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.
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 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.