Faculty


Katie Burk

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

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.

 

Jack Burnam

Jack Warren Burnam, Choirmaster and Organist, has pursued an active professional career in northern Delaware for 40 years as a choral conductor, teacher, organist, accompanist and composer. He was appointed Choirmaster and Organist of Immanuel on the Green in 2010. His compositions and arrangements for choirs and congregation are in regular use at Immanuel. Several of his settings have been published in the Hymnal 1982, “Wonder, Love and Praise,” and a number of other hymnals and hymnal supplements. Jack holds degrees in sacred music from Houghton College (NY) and the Catholic University of America.  He is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and an Associate of the American Guild of Organists.

 

James Douglas

A New Jersey native, James Douglas (Jim) enjoys an active career as a church musician, professional singer, keyboardist, conductor, composer, teacher and arranger. He was appointed the Director of Music and Organist at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis, MD in August 2018. At St. Margaret’s, he oversees a vibrant music ministry of five choirs and ensembles, an RSCM-based chorister program and an annual series of special services, workshops and concert offerings. Prior to his appointment at St. Margaret’s, Jim served as parish musician for several Episcopal churches throughout New Jersey. Jim received his initial musical training at Saint Thomas Church and Choir School in New York City, where he became head treble chorister in the renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under Gerre Hancock. He performed with the likes of Carly Simon and Jessye Norman and can be heard as a soloist on the choir’s recording “Christ the Fair Glory.” He attended Saint James School, Hagerstown, MD where he studied multiple instruments under Robert Grab, Barbara Wischmeier and renowned tenor Corey Evan Rotz, and played and conducted for weekly Chapel services. At Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, he studied sacred music, organ, piano, voice and conducting, studying with Thomas Faracco, James Jordan, Thomas Parente and Eric Plutz. He was a soloist in several of the school’s renowned choral ensembles, including the Westminster Choir, Symphonic Choir and the Grammy-nominated Williamson Voices. Jim has performed under such renowned orchestral and choral conductors as Robert Spano, Neeme Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Emmanuel Villaume, Lorin Maazel, Harry Bicket, Joseph Flummerfelt, Joe Miller, Andrew Megill and John Scott, among many others. He has also performed, recorded and toured with the Saint Thomas Choir, Trinity Church Wall Street Choir, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Kinnara Ensemble and the Westminster Choir, among others. He has performed for television and radio broadcasts in the US and abroad and in American premieres of choral works by John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan. Jim is an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Royal School of Church Music in America, and has served on the music faculty of the RSCM America King’s College Wilkes-Barre Summer Training Course for several years. He has served on Bishop’s Advisory Commission on Music for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and the Saint Thomas Choir School Alumni Board of Directors, co-chairing the Development Committee. Aside from music, Jim is an avid golfer and sports fan.

 

Mark Laubach

A native of Easton, Pennsylvania and graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music, Mark Laubach’s organ teachers have included J. Clinton Miller, George Markey, Donald McDonald, and David Craighead. In 1984, he was the recipient of a one-year appointment as Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral, serving as an apprentice to Richard Wayne Dirksen and Douglas Major.

Since winning first prize in the 1984 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, Mr. Laubach has been known and respected throughout the USA and abroad as a brilliant recitalist with unique gifts in programming, registration, virtuosity, and expressive nuance. He has performed in notable concert venues in the USA (including the Riverside Church in New York City, the Cadet Chapel at West Point Military Academy, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Methuen Memorial Music Hall) and in Great Britain (including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and King’s College Chapel in Cambridge). In June 2007, Mr. Laubach toured and performed with choirs from Marywood University and Wyoming Seminary in various cities and towns in Germany, including the town of Laubach. He has played and lectured for national and regional gatherings of the AGO and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).

Mark Laubach has recorded three compact discs, Teutonic Titanics, Frenchfest, and Mosaics in Sound, all on the Pro Organo label. Mosaics in Sound was recorded in December 2006 on the Berghaus organ at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, where he has served as Organist and Choirmaster for the past twenty-two years. The CD, which was released in the spring of 2007 and has received rave reviews, includes works by John Cook, Horatio Parker, Leo Sowerby, Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells, Derek Bourgeois, Marcel Dupré, Joseph Bonnet, and Olivier Messiaen.

Mr. Laubach also continues a busy schedule of teaching, and serves as Adjunct Instructor of Organ and Church Music at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. He has served as a faculty member for Pipe Organ Encounters sponsored by the AGO and as an adjudicator for numerous organ competitions. He often presents master classes, hymn festivals, and workshops for AGO chapters and churches, featuring topics that include liturgical planning, hymnody, basic improvisation, pastoral care through music, and service playing skills.

Mr. Laubach is a member of the Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, a past regional chairman of AAM, currently serves as Dean of the Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter of the AGO, and is an affiliated member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in America.

 

Robert Nicholls

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: in addition to serving as Housemaster and organist for summer residential courses, he has recently joined the Board of the RSCMA. He is in demand as a leader and clinician for choral festivals nationwide.

 

Thomas Sheehan

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.

He received both the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, as a student of Ken Cowan. He has also studied improvisation with Matthew Glandorf, Ford Lallerstedt, and Bruce Neswick. In 2009 he was awarded first prize in both the Arthur Poister National Competition in Organ Playing and the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for the Mid-Atlantic Region (Region III).  In July 2010 Tom was a performer at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, DC. He has performed as an organist throughout the United States and in Europe.

 

Jeremy Tarrant

Jeremy David Tarrant is increasingly recognized through performances that are consistently hailed as elegant, warm, communicative, and powerfully artistic. Since 2000, he has served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit. Prior to this appointment he served as the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist from 1994.  In April of 2007 he was seated as Canon Precentor of the Cathedral in thanksgiving and recognition of his role in the liturgical and musical life of the Cathedral community.  He is the founding director of the Cathedral Choir School of Metropolitan Detroit.

A student of the American organist and pedagogue Robert Glasgow, Jeremy David Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance and sacred music. His other instructors include Betty R. Pursley, Corliss Arnold, and James Kibbie.  He has had additional coaching with Lynne Davis.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was awarded First Prize in the Ottumwa National Organ Competition in 1997 and Second Prize in the Arthur Poister National Competition in 1998.  And as a student, Mr. Tarrant was also finalist in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competitions.

Mr. Tarrant is Adjunct Professor of Organ at Oakland University.  He is in frequent demand as a teacher and clinician, and regularly serves on the faculties of the Royal School of Church Music summer courses as well as the American Guild of Organists summer Pipe Organ Encounters.

An active concert organist, Jeremy David Tarrant has performed widely in North America in such venues as the Washington National Cathedral; St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York; and Chicago’s famed Fourth Presbyterian Church. He frequently appears with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and has performed in regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists.  In 2008, Mr. Tarrant made his European solo debut with a recital in the Cathedrale de St. Etienne in Meaux, France, and in 2011 he played the closing recital of International Organ Week in Dijon, France. In 2012, he was a featured artist in the Pine Mountain Music Festival, presenting three solo recitals in Michigan’s upper peninsula.  He is currently engaged in a series of six concerts on important instruments in Detroit. In July, 2014 he conducted the Cathedral Choir during its residency at Chichester Cathedral in England.  This tour included concerts and services in Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals.

With the Cathedral Choir he has made two CD recordings, Nowell Sing We and Evensong for All Saints. In addition to conducting the choir for these recordings, he also recorded a number of solo works included on them.  Mr. Tarrant’s performances of the music of Andre Fleury, Gaston Litaize, and Louis Vierne can be heard and seen on Youtube. His recording of Charles-Marie Widor’s mammoth Symphonie VII, as well as music of Louis Vierne and Gaston Litaize was released in 2018 on the Raven label to enthusiastic and critical acclaim.