CLINICIANS AND DIRECTORS

ANNA TEAGARDEN, COURSE MANAGER

Anna Teagarden has been the Director of Children's Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church since 2005. She directs over one hundred children weekly in various children's choirs at St. Paul's. She has managed the RSCM Gulf Coast Course for the past ten years. During that time, the RSCM Gulf Coast Course choir has performed advanced repertoire such as Handel's Messiah, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, as well as works by Howells, Vierne, Mozart, and many others.

Anna received her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Texas. She has performed regularly as a soprano soloist.  Acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, Anna has sung in many of the world's great Cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, Ely Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, York Minster, National Cathedral, St. Thomas 5th Avenue in New York City, and Thomaskirche Liepzig.  She has sung with the RSCM National Choir for three years. She also performs regularly as a jazz vocalist with leading jazz musicians.  She also joined Bach Society Houston in 2017.

Her love of Anglican music began with a trip to Germany and York England, where the St. Paul’s Choir was in residence in the summer of 1999 under the direction of Robert Brewer. She has since been very involved with the Royal School of Church Music as Manager of the Gulf Coast course. Anna became a certified examiner for the RSCM bronze and silver exams in 2013.

Anna continues to teach, sing and conduct at St. Paul’s and has served as clinician for various workshops and festivals throughout the state. She has a private studio where she prepares young singers for auditions. She is married with twin daughters.

BRUCE NESWICK, 2022 SUMMER COURSE CLINICIAN

Organ recitalist, composer, church musician, and brilliant improviser, Bruce Neswick was appointed Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon in 2016. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, his illustrious career has included a faculty position at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

 

Bruce Neswick enjoys immense popularity and is in tremendous demand throughout the country as organist, improviser, choral conductor and trainer, commissioned composer, and hymn festival leader. He is a musician whose playing vibrates with energy, is full of radiant color, and always expertly crafted. Mr. Neswick holds the Fellowship degree from the Royal School of Church Music and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2016 by the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. He is the Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Portland, Oregon.

PREVIOUS CLINICIANS

RSCM Gulf Coast has had the privilege of working with many esteemed choral directors and organists over the years, including: Jim Rightmyer, Bruce Neswick, Gerre Hancock, Tom Whittemore, Garmon Ashby, Joe Causby, Bob Brewer, Courtney Daniell-Knapp, Benjamin Hutto, Fred Teardo, Richard Webster, Jonathan Vaughn, and Walden Moore.

SARAH MACDONALD, 2021 SUMMER COURSE CLINICIAN

Sarah MacDonald is a Canadian-born organist and conductor, living in the UK, and currently holds the positions of Fellow and Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir. She has been at Selwyn since 1999, and was the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel.

Sarah came to the United Kingdom from Canada in 1992 as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge after studying piano, organ, and conducting at The Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School in Toronto with Leon Fleisher, Marek Jablonski, and John Tuttle. At Cambridge she read for a degree in Music, and studied the organ with David Sanger. Sarah has played numerous recitals and conducted choirs throughout the UK, North America, the Middle East, New Zealand, and much of mainland Europe. She has made over 30 recordings, variously in the guises of pianist, organist, conductor, and producer, and currently works most frequently with Regent Records. Sarah is a winner of the Royal College of Organists' (RCO) coveted Limpus Prize, and has taught organ and conducting for Eton Choral Courses, Oundle for Organists, the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy, and courses run by the RCO. For its first ten years, she was a regular director of the Girl Chorister Course at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, in New York City, and she is in demand as a director of RSCM summer residential courses internationally.

Sarah is a Fellow and Examiner for the RCO and has also served on the Academic Board of the RCO and as a Trustee. She has had several choral compositions published by Encore Publications, the Royal School of Church Music, and St James Music Press. Sarah also writes a popular monthly column for the American Guild of Organists' magazine 'The American Organist', called "UK Report".

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