Choir School Tour 2018 (Before)

May 21st, 2018 was my first day on staff at St. Peters & The Choir School in Center City Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, less than a month later, we are two days away from Thursday June 14th. This is the day we load the buses at 7am in Charlotte and sing a concert at All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia at 7pm that evening. Our traveling party consists of 52 choristers aged 10-18 and their 10 fearless chaperones. In addition to Richmond, the touring ensembles of The Choir School will sing at St. Patricks Episcopal Church in Falls Church, Virginia, St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Burke, Virginia, St. Paul's K Street in Washington, DC, and Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Don't worry, we get to have fun too. Tourist visits include the National Cathedral, the Smithsonian Institution, and Kings Dominion Amusement Park.

I have enjoyed the challenge of being thrown into the culmination of a program season, the choir school's 25th annual season to be exact. It has kept me busy practicing and I look forward to being able to take a deep breath after tour is over. But not for too long... Summer is just beginning. There is still choir camp, two choir retreats, a handful of new piano students, and classes for newly accepted students to teach. But of course the ebb and flow of the liturgical seasons and weekly worship has a way of keeping me grounded. Here is a picture from last Sunday, June 10th, with choristers from The Choir School leading worship on Youth Sunday at St. Peter's.


New Beginnings

I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the joint position of Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Assistant Director of The Choir School at St. Peter's in Charlotte, NC. I will begin this new role after I finish my Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in May 2018. I graduate on May 19th and my first day is May 21st! Click here to read the announcement from St. Peter's.

The Choir School is an auditioned community choir offering music education and performance opportunities to talented young men and women from every background and every corner of the Charlotte region. Originally conceived as a boys choir in the classic European tradition, the school has grown to include five distinct choirs whose members range in age from seven to eighteen.

The Choir School's Mission Statement:

To enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

St. Peter's Mission Statement

Our parish vision is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. The mission of God’s Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
The Opus 136 C.B. Fisk Organ at St. Peter's

The Opus 136 C.B. Fisk Organ at St. Peter's

AGO Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarship

A recent gift to The American Guild of Organists has endowed a scholarship fund that provides $60,000 every year to 6 organ students in the United States. I am excited to say that out of over 50 applicants I have been chosen as a winner and will receive financial support for the remaining three years of my Bachelor of Music Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Click here to read the press release from the AGO.