The AAM Gerre Hancock Internship

The AAM Gerre Hancock Internship is one of the important initiatives that the Association of Anglican Musicians supports to encourage young professionals in pursuit of their craft. The purpose of the Internship is to offer an extraordinarily talented young church musician, someone who may lack experience in the Anglican/Episcopal traditions of liturgy and music, an opportunity to be mentored intensely for ten months in one of the Episcopal Church’s great music programs by one of more of our leading musicians. The intent is for the Internship to be broad-based, affording the intern the opportunity to be personally mentored in every aspect of the many musical and non-musical skills that are necessary to be a highly successful church musician.

The location of the Internship changes from year to year. Saint James Cathedral, Chicago (Stephen Buzard, Director of Music) will host the 2019–2020 AAM Gerre Hancock Internship. Past Internships have been hosted by Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts; the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina; and most recently by Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia.

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the interview process at the 2020-21 host Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, so the Internship has been delayed one year. Auditions will take place in March 2021 at Grace Cathedral for the next AAM Gerre Hancock Intern to be selected.


Guidelines and Application Forms for Prospective AAM Gerre Hancock Internship Mentoring Institutions and Interns

Guidelines for Prospective AAM Gerre Hancock Internship Mentoring Institutions (PDF)

Application for Mentoring Institution, (Microsoft Word DOC; can be filled out electronically, but should be printed for signatures; please download document and save it to your local computer before filling out)

Guidelines for Prospective AAM Gerre Hancock Interns (PDF)

Application for prospective Interns (Microsoft Word DOC; can be filled out electronically, but should be printed for signatures; please download document and save it to your local computer before filling out)

Announcement from March 2019: The Internship Committee is pleased to announce that Isaac Drewes has been appointed as Intern in Church Music at Saint James Cathedral, Chicago (Stephen Buzard, Director of Music) for 2019–2020.

Isaac Drewes: Gerre Hancock Intern in Church Music 2019–2020

Isaac Drewes is a masters candidate at Eastman School of Music, where he studies organ with Prof. David Higgs, and holds the George Utech Hymnody Fellowship. He is Organist and Choir Director at Penfield United Methodist Church, and sings in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. A graduate of St. Olaf College, he completed his undergraduate studies with with Dr. Catherine Rodland, and held the position of Organ Scholar at St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN. Read more …

April 2020 Update

We would like to extend congratulations to the current AAM Gerre Hancock Intern, Isaac Drewes, on the announcement of his new position. Isaac Drewes has been appointed the Associate Director for Music and Worship at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN, where he will work with Cantor and Music Director Mark Sedio. There, he will share in service playing, accompany the Central Choir, and direct the Choristers and bell choirs. The semi-professional adult choir is 70 voices strong with a repertoire spanning multiple centuries, and including masterworks by Bach, Haydn, Vaughn Williams and others. Additionally, the chorister program is poised for development and growth. The congregation is known for its robust hymn singing in the Lutheran tradition, while at the same time embracing hymnody from many different global styles. Mr. Drewes will conclude his Gerre Hancock Fellowship year at St. James Cathedral, Chicago this June, and will begin in his new role at Central Lutheran Church in August, 2020.