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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.
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!
Maggie Burk is a conductor, composer, and organist currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music/Yale School of Music, where she studies with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and David Hill. She is a member and student manager of the Yale Schola Cantorum, an assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata, and a soprano section leader at two of the university’s chapels. Prior to her studies at Yale, she held teaching appointments at the high school and middle school levels; from 2015-2017 she held the post of Assistant Director of Choirs at Free State High School in Lawrence, KS, where she co-taught seven choirs in a program of 320 students. In addition to her public school teaching, she served as Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in a Topeka, KS, where she led the Cathedral Choristers program and composed many sacred choral works for the Cathedral Choir. Maggie received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude with Departmental Distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she studied conducting with Anton Armstrong, Timothy Mahr, and Christopher Aspaas, voice with Karen Wilkerson, and organ with Catherine Rodland. While at St. Olaf, she was a section leader in the acclaimed St. Olaf Choir, a teaching assistant for music theory and conducting, and a chapel organist.
Robert Nicholls was born in Cambridge, England to a British farmer and American mother from Carmi, Illinois, and grew up in rural Cambridgeshire. At age eight he joined the choristers at Westminster Abbey in London, under the direction of Simon Preston. He graduated from the Oundle School and Cambridge University. He was a member of the choirs of the Gonville and Caius and the St. John’s colleges, Cambridge, where he sang tenor. He maintained an abiding interest in the organ and joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana, in 1996. He plays piano and directs the band at Wide Awake Worship, and at traditional worship, in the sanctuary, directs the choir and hand bells, and plays the C.B. Fisk pipe organ, Opus 98. His organ teachers have included James Parsons, Philip Scriven, Roberta Gary, and John Schwandt (improvisation).
Mr. Nicholls’s compositions for both organ and choir have been performed and broadcast in both the United States and Europe, and at Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) America summer residential courses. He enjoys accompanying silent films, and won first place in the American Guild of Organists 2012 National Competition in Organ Improvisation. He is also a strong supporter of RSCM America, serving as Housemaster and organist for summer residential courses. He is in demand as a leader and clinician for choral festivals nationwide.
Thomas Sheehan is the Associate University Organist and Choirmaster at the Memorial Church at Harvard University and the Teaching Fellow and Accompanist for the Harvard Glee Club. Prior to these positions, he served on the music staff of Saint Mark’s Church in Philadelphia, PA and Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ. Tom is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, studying with Peter Sykes, and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received diplomas in organ and harpsichord, studying with Alan Morrison and Leon Schelhase.
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.