Music at Grace Church in New York
Music at Grace Church in New York
Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers
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Patrick Allen, Conductor, Harpsichordist, and Organist is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He has served as Organist and Master of Choristers at Grace Church in New York since March of 2000. 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. Since the fall of 2015, Allen also serves as organist for the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary.
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 trait 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, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain 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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Hannah Cen, Organ Scholar
(212) 254-2000 ext. 105
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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 with a vocation towards church 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.
Appointed in the fall of 2019, The 2019-2020 Organ Scholar at Grace Church is Hannah Cen.
Organist and pianist Hannah Lingen Cen has delighted audiences in solo appearances at NYC’s St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Steinway Hall and New Paltz in upstate New York. She won the third prize of 2019 AGO Brooklyn chapter scholarship organ competition and she is a recipient of the E. Power Biggs Fellowship. Her collaborative performances include chamber music recitals at the National Opera Center and Manhattan School of Music (MSM), where she serves as an accompanist in the collegiate and precollege divisions.
Prior to her appointment as organ scholar at Grace, she served as organist at Calvary United Methodist Church in the Bronx and the pianist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in downtown Manhattan and she is on the piano faculty of NYC’s Geneva Conservatory of Music. Ms. Cen received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, studying with Phillip Kawin. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Organ performance with Andrew Henderson.