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Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Katie Burk is an organist, choir director, and vocalist currently pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in organ performance and literature with minors in choral conducting and music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is a student of Christopher Young. She previously earned the MM degree in organ from IU and holds BM degrees in music education and organ performance summa cum laude with departmental distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Currently, Katie serves as Music Intern at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, IN, under the direction of Marilyn Keiser, where she accompanies and assists in directing the Trinity Choir, coordinates children’s music, and oversees the Evenings at Trinity music and liturgy series. Additionally, she teaches undergraduate ear training courses as an instructor for the music theory department at IU. She is an active recitalist and choral clinician and is grateful to be returning to the music staff of the King’s course for her fifth year!
Michael Smith is the Minister of Music at St. Thomas’, Whitemarsh, outside of Philadelphia. There he oversees a program that includes a semi-professional adult choir and a chorister program that has tripled in size over the past year. He loves passing on our Anglican musical heritage and challenging others to expand that heritage. Before coming to St. Thomas’, he was Chair of Performing Arts at The Shipley School where he oversaw a PreK-12 music and theater program and taught choir to children in grades 6-12.
Jack Warren Burnam has been a member of the King’s College Course staff since 1998. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware, where he has pursued an active career as a choral conductor, teacher, organist, accompanist and composer for over 45 years. He is Choirmaster and Organist of Immanuel Church on the Green in New Castle, Delaware. Several of Jack’s hymn settings are included in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, the supplemental hymnal “Wonder, Love, and Praise,” and a number of other hymnals and hymnal supplements. He holds degrees in sacred music from Houghton College (NY) and Catholic University of America, as well as the Associate and Choirmaster certificates of the American Guild of Organists. He is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
John Bradford Bohl is a multi-faceted musician, working as conductor, organist, singer, accompanist and coach. Bohl is currently the Associate Organist at The Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY, which was the first Episcopal Cathedral in the United States. He is primary organist for all services as well as frequent Diocesan services, and assists with the training and recruitment of the oldest singing Choir of Men and Boy’s in the country. Previously, Bohl served for ten years as Assistant Director of Music and then as Interim Director of Music at St. Paul’s, K Street (Episcopal) in Washington DC, where he directed the semi-professional Parish Choir, the Choir of Boys & Girls and the Youth Choir. John has accompanied the St. Paul’s Choirs at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the choirs have been featured nationally on the radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. He can be heard as accompanist on the 2010 recording We Sing of God, by the choirs of St. Paul’s, K Street; and as soloist and accompanist with The Washington Chorus and the Washington Symphonic Brass on the 2011 CD Christmas in Washington.
A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bohl was an organ student of Dr. Marilyn Keiser and voice student in the Early Music Department of Dr. Paul Elliott. Bohl previously served as the Associate Conductor of The Washington Chorus (2011–2013) and was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Old St. Paul’s Church (Episcopal) in Baltimore, MD (2005–2007).
Eqaully active as a vocalist, and acclaimed as a “sterling countertenor” with “a voice of clarity and dexterity”, Bohl made his Kennedy Center debut in a performance of The Lark by Leonard Bernstein with The Washington Chorus in November 2012. He performs regularly with The Washington Bach Consort, the choirs of The Washington National Cathedral, Cathedra, the resident chamber ensemble of the Washington National Cathedral, and is a founding member of the Austin, Texas based Ensemble VIII. He can also be heard as countertenor soloist on the 2010 Grammy-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the choir of Trinity Wall Street, New York City.