Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers
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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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Philip Cave, Associate Musician
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A chorister from the age of seven, Philip studied music at Oxford University with Simon Preston, and was a founding member of the Tallis Scholars, with whom he gave over 400 performances. He has performed, toured and recorded with most of the UK’s leading vocal ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, The Sixteen, the English Consort, the King’s Consort, the Schütz Choir of London and the Cardinall’s Musick. As a vocal soloist, he has worked with celebrated conductors including Leonard Bernstein, and at venues including the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed across the UK, at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London, and has shared the concert platform with many distinguished musicians, including Sir Peter Pears, Sting, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Before joining the Choir of Men and Boys at Grace Church, Philip was previously Organist and Choirmaster at All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, in Alexandria, VA, and at St. James’s, West Hartford, CT.
He currently teaches voice and music history at The College of New Jersey. Philip is founder and conductor of the English vocal ensemble Magnificat, which specializes in the restoration and performance of neglected masterworks of the baroque and renaissance periods. The ensemble has toured and performed in England, Spain, Greece and the United States, and has released a dozen CD recordings, which have attracted significant critical acclaim.
Active as a vocal and choral clinician and teacher, Philip has led many masterclasses and workshops in the UK and USA. He is a recipient of the Byrne Award from the London Handel Society, and the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society. He is the founder and director of Chorworks, Inc., whose workshops bring together distinguished faculty and enthusiastic participants to increase the knowledge of early choral repertoire and performing techniques.
Phillip Lamb, Organ Scholar
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A native North Carolinian, Phillip is a candidate for the Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music and student of McNeil Robinson. Recital credits in his home state include performances at St. Paul’s Episcopal and First Presbyterian Churches in Wilmington NC, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Cary, and the Historic 1800 Tannenberg organ in Old Salem among others. Phillip has also performed annually for the Diocese of Eastern North Carolina Conference on Church Music and the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, New York. He is the former organist at Trinity Moravian Church in Winston Salem and holds an undergraduate degree in organ performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Former teachers include Lee Harris, Jack Mitchener, Erica Johnson and Timothy Olsen.