Clinicians and Directors
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.
2023 Choral Residency Clinician
Simon Lole has spent a lifetime in music, starting as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. He received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music and King’s College, London University. He spent many years as a professional church musician, culminating in positions as Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral and then Salisbury Cathedral, and running the Chapel Choir and teaching at Jesus College, Cambridge University.
Since 2005, he has worked as a freelance musician…musical director, composer, arranger, conductor and organist, as well as record producer and workshop leader. He is currently the Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Swanage in Dorset, England.
Learn more about Simon Lole here.
2023 Choral Residency Organist
Patrick A. Scott is Director of Music & Organist at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee where he is also the Artistic Director of the Memphis Boy & Girl Choir and Adjunct Professor of Organ at the University of Memphis. Prior to his appointment in Memphis, Dr. Scott served for five years at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta as the Organist & Associate Choirmaster. A native of Picayune, Mississippi, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Birmingham-Southern College where he studied with Dr. James Cook. As a student of Drs. Judith and Gerre Hancock, Patrick earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
2023 Choral Residency Organ Scholar
Catherine Trausch is a pianist and organist from Waxahachie, Texas. She was born into a musical family and began playing piano in 2007. Catherine participated in many Texas Music Teachers Association events over the next 11 years including receiving medals on state music theory and history exams. She also participated in the annual auditions as a National Member of the American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Students for 11 years. Catherine began studying organ in 2014 and is now continuing her studies towards a degree in organ performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Jesse Eschbach.
Alongside teaching, Catherine has also been an active church musician since 2012. She has accompanied adult and children’s choirs, coordinated music for weddings and funerals, and collaborated with soloists and chamber groups. As director of music and organist for two years at Immaculate Conception Church in Grand Prairie she was in charge of all music for Sundays and bilingual liturgies. Catherine is currently organist at First Presbyterian Church in Denton working alongside music director Beverly Hoch.