CLINICIANS AND DIRECTORS

ANNA TEAGARDEN, COURSE MANAGER

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Anna Teagarden  is currently the Associate Director of Music and SJD Choristers at the Church of St. John the Divine. She previously served as the Director of Children's Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for 16 years. 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. John'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

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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.

CAROLYN CRAIG, 2022 SUMMER COURSE ORGANIST

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Carolyn Craig, of Knoxville, Tennessee, is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music where she has studied with Jon Laukvik and Martin Jean. Carolyn is the Senior Organ Scholar at Trinity on the Green, where she works with Walden Moore. Carolyn was the 2018-2019 Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England. She served as Undergraduate Organ Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington under Marilyn Keiser. Carolyn earned a BM in Organ Performance with minors in Conducting and German from Indiana University in 2018, where she studied with Chris Young and held the university’s prestigious Wells Scholarship. During her semesters in Graz and Vienna, she studied with Ulrich Walther and Johannes Ebenbauer, respectively. Carolyn has been heard on Pipedreams and in recital in the US, Austria and England, including recitals at St. Paul’s London, Winchester, and Truro Cathedrals.

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.