Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers
Patrick Allen, Conductor, Harpsichordist, and Organist is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He recently celebrated his fourteenth anniversary as Organist and Master of Choristers at Grace Church in New York. In addition to his work training the choristers, conducting the Choir of Men and Boys, Girls’ Choir, Parish Choir and Adult Choir, and supporting the liturgies of Grace Church, he founded and plays the “Bach at Noon” and “Weekend Organ Meditation” series at the Church. Combined, live organ music is offered to the community as meditation six days a week from September through May.
Allen’s keyboard repertoire is diverse ranging from that at the formation of the medium during the Renaissance to music being created today. His approach is fresh and forward looking, a dynamic style that realizes the spirit of the composer’s aesthetic for the listener to have a warm, vital experience, live and in the moment.
This has led him through a long career associated with institutions that place a high priority on the role of music as defining, formative and centering in the lives of their communities. Prior to his current appointment located at the cross roads of the world, Union Square in Manhattan, he has served churches and synagogues in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas. Previous appointments include Director of Music and Fine Arts at Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, The Cathedral Church of Saint John and Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware, and as Associate Organist under Gerre Hancock, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. For two decades he was on the faculty of the legendary Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Allen has received degrees from the University of North Texas and The Florida State University. He was awarded the degree Doctor of Musical Arts and The Performer’s Certificate in Organ from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Russell Saunders. In Amsterdam, Allen worked with Gustav Leonhardt, Max van Egmond, and Veronika Hampe. In 1988 he was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Open Young Artists Competition. He has been heard as soloist on the organ and harpsichord and in many chamber music programs throughout the United States and Europe. With the Choir of Men and Boys and Girls’ Choir of Grace Church he has toured Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Allen has recorded with The Saint Thomas Choir on the Koch and Priory labels.
“A Still, Small Voice of Calm: Pastoral Work within the Children’s Choir,” Patrick Allen, The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, Vol. 11/4, April 2002.
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George Fergus, Organ Scholar
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In September of 2014 Grace Church in New York and the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music are excited to enter into a new collaboration for the annual Organ Scholar appointment at Grace Church in New York. This appointment will be made for one academic season with the provision that it may be renewed for a second season. The internship will provide an exceptional opportunity for a graduate student at the Institute of Sacred Music to participate in the life of the parish on a weekly basis during the academic year and a more in depth daily experience for the summer term that follows. As part of an intensive, on-site learning experience, the intern will share in service playing and choral conducting responsibilities while at the same time learning about all aspects of the musical life of the Grace Church community.
The 2014-2015 Organ Scholar at Grace Church is George Fergus.
George Fergus, a native of Fort Worth, TX, is a candidate for the Master of Music degree at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he is a student of Martin Jean. He holds a B.M. in organ performance with departmental distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied organ with John Ferguson and Catherine Rodland, and conducting with Steven Amundson. George has given organ recent recitals in Northfield and St. Paul. As a conductor, credits include Britten’s “Albert Herring”, Bernstein’s “Candide”, and Mozart’s Requiem, among others. Before his appointment as the Organ Scholar at Grace, George served as the Organ Scholar at the Church of St. Louis King of France, in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.