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.
Frederick Teardo Associate Organist
Frederick Teardo holds primary responsibility for service playing,
accompanying the Choir of Men and Boys, and training the Junior Choir.Prior to this appointment, he served as
Assistant Organist at St. Thomas
Church since September 2006.
Dr. Teardo received the Doctor of Musical Arts
degree from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music,
as well as the Master of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees. At Yale, he studied organ with Thomas Murray
and harpsichord with Richard Rephann. During his time at Yale, he held the post of
Yale University Chapel Organist, and later served as Assistant Organist at
Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New
Haven, CT. Dr. Teardo received his Bachelor of Music
degree with Highest Honors from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY,
where he studied organ with David Higgs. His other teachers have included Stephen
Roberts and Haskell Thomson. He has also
studied improvisation with William Porter and Jeffrey Brillhart.
An avid performer, Dr. Teardo
has won first prize in numerous competitions and has performed across the
United States, including such venues as St. Bartholomew’s Church, St. Patrick’s
Cathedral and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Washington National
Cathedral, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall,
Trinity Church Copley Square in Boston, and Princeton University Chapel. He has
also been a featured performer at Regional and National Conventions of the
American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society, on the American
Public Media’s Pipedreams, BBC Radio 3 with the St. Thomas Choir, and in a
segment on the revived interest of the pipe organ on ABC World News Tonight.
Kevin Kwan Assistant Organist
Kevin Kwan is Assistant Organist at Saint ThomasChurch, Fifth Avenue in New York City. There, he works daily with the Choir of Men and Boys, playing for services and assisting in the training of the choristers.
Mr. Kwan is a native of San Francisco, California. A winner of the 2005 American Guild of Organists/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, Mr. Kwan has also won awards from the AGO San Diego Chapter, the Spreckels Organ Society, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2007, Mr. Kwan obtained his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. In Cleveland, he served as Organ Scholar at The Church of the Covenant, and was the principal accompanist for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Before moving to Cleveland, Mr. Kwan was Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego. He has participated in master-classes led by Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Gerre Hancock, and Thomas Trotter.
Most recently, Mr. Kwan was Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral, one of the most stunning acoustical and architectural environments in the world. During his year in England, he enjoyed two international tours with the renowned Choir of Men and Boys, was featured live on BBC Radio, and played solo piano with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Three Choirs Festival. While in England, Mr. Kwan performed solo recitals in many prestigious venues, including Lichfield, Truro, Bristol and Gloucester Cathedrals, as well as at Bath Abbey and Westminster Abbey.