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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In September of 2014 Grace Church in New York entered into a new collaboration with area schools of music 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 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 June of 2020, The Summer 2020 Organ Scholar at Grace Church is Rebecca Ehren.
Rebecca Ehren is a Canadian pianist, organist, and soprano originally from Ottawa. She is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) and has won numerous prizes from the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Rebecca graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she received the Premier Young Artist Award and the Wennerstrom-Phillips Piano Scholarship. Along the way, she was a scholarship student at summer programs such as the Brevard Music Center and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.
While at Indiana, Rebecca completed a second degree with majors in cognitive science and mathematics/economics and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for C4: The Choral Composer Conductor Collective.
Rebecca discovered the organ shortly after moving to New York City while singing in the professional octet at Church of Our Saviour. Her fascination with the instrument led her to study with Dr. Raymond Nagem and she will begin a masters degree in organ performance at the Yale School of Music this fall.