RSCM America Board of Directors

listed alphabetically

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Joseph Causby (U.K. Representative) is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Mark's Episcopal in San Antonio, Tex. The choirs of St. Mark's utilize the RSCM VOICE for LIFE curriculum and include over 120 singers of all ages and backgrounds. Under his direction, the choirs have been featured on KLRN-PBS television, Texas Public Radio, BBC television, and sung English Cathedral residencies in Exeter, Durham, and St. Albans. Other musical projects sponsored by St. Mark's include the founding of the Alamo Baroque Festival (an educational training course led by world-class artists from Europe); community outreach initiatives utilizing Aldeburgh Music's Friday Afternoons; and collaborations with the San Antonio Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and local schools. Joe's affiliation with RSCM began over ten years ago with the Gulf Coast Summer Course in Houston, and he still maintains an active role as an advisor and staff member. Outside of his church responsibilities, Joe is co-chair of the steering committee for the 2018 Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) National Conference; serves on the board of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio; and recently completed three years as Interim Director of the Children's Chorus of San Antonio. His formal musical training includes a BMus. in Organ Performance from Appalachian State University; an MMus. in Organ Performance from Rice University; and a PhD in Anglican Choral Music from the University of Durham (England), where he also served as the first American Organ Scholar of Durham Cathedral. jcausby@stmarks-sa.org

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Diana Gibbs (Treasurer) has been a member of a choir most of her life and has had the pleasure of singing for some wonderful choral directors including Ben Hutto, Chris Brayne, and Ben Outen at Christ Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC. Under their direction she has had the glorious experience of singing in many of Great Britain’s finest cathedrals including St. David’s (Wales), Christ Church and St. Patrick’s (Ireland), and Salisbury, Southwark, Wells, and St. Albans (England). She studied voice at Hollins University in Virginia. She graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in Accounting and is a CPA.

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Marissa Hall (Secretary) earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Music from Florida State University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Sacred Music at Boston University. She studied organ with Michael Corzine and Iain Quinn and currently studies with Peter Sykes. Marissa is passionate about all aspects of church music and worked throughout her education teaching children's choirs, overseeing publicity in music programs, and particularly enjoys the study and writing of hymns. Marissa serves as organist of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church in Cambridge and as the music administrator for Trinity Church in Boston. She also loves working with children and has recently begun a music program at Saint Peters' after-school program, Afterworks.  mhall@trinitychurchboston.org

 

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Kevin Kerstetter (Training Courses Committee Board Representative) is the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Raleigh, N.C., where he conducts choirs for boys, teens, and adults. He also conducts the Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, and is Chapel Organist at St. Mary's School in Raleigh. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music in Church Music and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He studied organ with William Hays and conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt. For five years, Kevin served as manager of the RSCM Carolina Course for Girls and Adults. KShawnnK@me.com

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Bert Landman (President) studied piano, harpsichord and voice at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, magna cum laude, and a Performance Certificate in Organ. He also holds a Master of Music in Church Music (with distinction) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied organ with Donald McDonald and choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt. Mr. Landman served as organist and choirmaster at Lutheran and Episcopal churches in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and Georgia before arriving at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, Connecticut, as Director of Music Ministry in 2005. In 2007, building on the success of the Trinity Choristers, he persuaded the church to launch The Choir School of Hartford, for which he served as Music Director. He is now Organist and Director of Music Ministry at The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, Md., and is an active composer and arranger of choral, organ and orchestral music. In addition to his musical interest, he is a certified Landscape Designer and enjoys exploring local waterways in his kayak when not engaged in performing, conducting or gardening. blandman@redeemerbaltimore.org

 

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Susan Jane Matthews has been Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, California since October 2005, where she is organist, director of the Chancel Choir, and founding director of the St. Paul’s Choir School for boys and girls (2007). In July 2017, she led the Choir of St. Paul’s (ages 10 to 80) in a weeklong residency at Gloucester Cathedral, England, including also performances at Oxford University Church and Blenheim Palace.  She previously served as Principal Organist at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, where she has recorded two solo organ CDs for the Gothic label:  Chosen Tunes in 2004 and More Chosen Tunes in 2016.  She has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, including solo organ recitals at La Madeleine and St.-Sulpice, Paris; St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; and the Himmerod Abbey, Germany.  Dr. Matthews completed a Bachelor of Arts Phi Beta Kappa at Haverford College (Haverford, PA) with honors in chemistry, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in organ performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) as a student of David Higgs.  She has served as an assistant director at the Pacific Northwest RSCM training course, and as organist and junior girls headmaster at the RSCM training course at King’s College in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. smatthews@stpaulsburlingame.org

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Robert Nicholls was born in Cambridge, England to a British farmer and American mother from Carmi, Illinois, and grew up in rural Cambridgeshire. At the age of eight, he joined the Choir of Westminster Abbey in London under the direction of Simon Preston. He graduated from Oundle School and Cambridge University. Robert sang tenor in the choirs of Gonville and Caius and St. John’s colleges in Cambridge. He was appointed Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana in 1996. The RSCM program at First Presbyterian was established in 1993 by Dr. Darryl Roland. Robert has served as Housemaster and Organist for summer residential courses and is in demand nationwide to lead choral festivals as a guest clinician. As a member of the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as Dean and has chaired a number of special events including the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced and the 2015 Bolcom Commission of Fantasia for Organ and Brass Quintet, premiered in Evansville with Dr. Douglas Reed and the American Brass Quintet. Robert’s compositions for both organ and choir have been performed and broadcast in the US and Europe and at RSCM America summer residential courses. He also enjoys accompanying silent films and won first place at the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2012. Robert was an adjunct lecturer in Music at the IU Jacobs School of Music from 2015-2017, teaching keyboard skills, graduate improvising courses, and supervising the Sacred Music Practicum. He is currently adjunct Professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Evansville. Robert is married to Emma Nicholls, PhD, a pediatric Clinical Psychologist, whom he met next door in Evansville. They are proud parents of Elena and William. robertn@firstpresevansville.com

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Carol Anne Taylor is Director of Children's Choirs and Cathedral Carillonneur at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, Tex. She is also Assistant Organist/Choirmaster and Director of Children's Choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas. Carol Anne is an active member of the RSCM and has had choristers participating in the St. Louis and King's College summer courses for the last five years. Recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. A Carillonneur member of the GCNA since 2008, Carol Anne has performed carillon concerts at many noted venues in the United States. She serves as one of the North American Delegates to the World Carillon Federation. While earning her Master of Music at the University of North Texas, she was invited by audition into the organ studio of Madame Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier, Visiting Professor of Organ (1992) from Paris, France. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and currently serves as Hospitality Co-chair on the 2017 Dallas AGO Regional Convention Steering Committee. An avid runner, Carol Anne has completed 43 marathons to date and continues to train for future races including the Boston and Chicago Marathons in 2016. She resides in Dallas, Tex. with her husband, Sterling Procter. carolanne815@gmail.com

Non-Voting Members of the Board

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R. Douglas Helvering (Coordinator) is the Coordinator of RSCM America and the Coordinator of Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He maintains all records of membership for RSCM America, serves as editor for the Newsletter, oversees the daily operations of the office, and acts as a liaison between Westminster and Princeton-area churches. Dr. Helvering is an active conductor, composer, church musician, and music educator. He completed graduate work at Westminster Choir College and the University of Kansas. His compositions are widely performed throughout the world. In addition to his duties as the coordinator of RSCM America, Dr. Helvering serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Westminster Choir College and as Minister of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Princeton Junction, NJ. Find out more about Dr. Helvering at www.rdouglashelvering.com. Reach him directly at office@rscmamerica.org

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The Rev. Edmund Pickup, Jr., ARSCM (Chaplain) is a retired Episcopal priest, serving as a supply and interim minister in the Diocese of North Carolina. Before his ordination, he was a practicing attorney in Charlotte, and thus he brings both pastoral and legal expertise to the deliberations of the Board and organization. Additionally, Fr. Pickup has served as Chaplain on forty-seven Summer Training Courses over the years in the US and Canada, and continues to serve as the chaplain for the Charlotte course. His background and training have been invaluable in advising RSCM America on matters relating to safe and supportive environments for children and adults at RSCM events and summer courses. In 2011, in recognition of this service, he was made an Associate of the RSCM at a service in Peterborough Cathedral. edmundpickup@gmail.com