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Leadership

 

John Scott

Director of Music and Organist

The musical leadership and direction of the choir is provided by Mr. John Scott, the Organist and Director of Music of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Prior to coming to Saint Thomas in August 2004, Mr. Scott had been associated with Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK, where he had been Organist and Director of Music since 1990, and before that Sub-Organist since 1984. Mr. Scott is an outstanding organist and choir-trainer who enjoys an international reputation as a brilliant performer as well as a natural and highly effective teacher. His daily rehearsals provide a challenge for even the most experienced chorister.

 

Stephen Buzard

Assistant Organist

Mr. Buzard holds a Master of Music Degree from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, Mr. Buzard served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven; organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School; and organist for Berkeley Divinity School. Prior to attending Yale, Mr. Buzard studied with virtuoso Ken Cowan at Westminster Choir College, serving concurrently as organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton and as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Between undergraduate and graduate schools, Mr. Buzard spent a "gap year” in England as senior organ scholar of Wells Cathedral. Mr. Buzard was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition, and his premier CD In Light or Darkness, available through Delos Records, has received critical acclaim. James Reed wrote for The Diapason: "Buzard paints the color and shape of every phrase with a maturity belying his youthfulness... If this level of skill doesn't dazzle you, then I do not know what will!"

 

Benjamin Sheen

Assistant Organist

As an Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church and recent Juilliard graduate,  Benjamin is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a ‘brilliant organist’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens (Delaware) Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. Benjamin started his education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral (under the direction of John Scott), before studying at Eton College and, more recently, Oxford University where he graduated with First Class Honours in Music, While an undergraduate, he held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal for 2011. As a concert organist, Benjamin has performed throughout the UK and the USA, as well as further afield in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Notable engagements have included performances in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Duisburg Symphonie in Germany. He has also performed live on BBC radio and television and made a number of appearances on NPR’s Pipedreams. In January 2012, Benjamin made his concerto debut with the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in a performance of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Ensemble as part of the 2012 FOCUS Festival in the Lincoln Centre. For more information on Ben’s upcoming performances, please see his website.

http://www.bensheen.com/



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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9/16/2014 » 9/18/2014
5:30 Evensong Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

9/21/2014
Sung services at 9 and 11 AM, 4 PM

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9/28/2014
Sung services at 9 and 11 AM, 4 PM

9/29/2014
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