Friday, July 9, 2010

Our very talented music team

Dear Friends of St. Paul’s,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have appointed Daniel Hine to be our next Director of Music, effective immediately. Daniel grew up here at St. Paul’s where he and his family have been faithful members for many years. He succeeds Dr. Don Loach, who retired in January after 37 years as music director. Daniel has been serving as the interim music director.

After Dr. Loach’s retirement, I appointed a search committee, chaired by Bruce Carveth. The search committee included members of the choir and the congregation-at-large. The committee conducted a nationwide search, and held auditions with the finalists.

The committee members unanimously recommended that I appoint Daniel as music director. I am very delighted to appoint Daniel, and I am very grateful for the work of the music director search committee.
These past few months, I have enjoyed working with Daniel and getting to know him better.

He has a gentle way about him and wry sense of humor. He is a devoted musician who brings both great professionalism and a profound sense of music as ministry. Daniel and I view his role as being Music Director for the entire parish, and as such he will lead all of us in deepening our experience of music as prayer. He is enthusiastic about exploring the rich worldwide tradition of Anglican and Episcopal music including the familiar 1982 hymnal and our newer hymnals as well.

A native of Charlottesville, Daniel graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, with degrees in Music Education, Piano, and Voice. For three years, he was a leader in the internationally renowned Westminster Concert Bell Choir, and for seven years served as a section leader, theory teacher, and assistant organist at Trinity Church, Princeton.

Locally, Daniel serves as the accompanist for the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle and the Virginia Glee Club, and has recently collaborated with the University Singers, the Wellesley College Choir, OperaViva, Ash Lawn Opera Theatre, Operafestival di Roma, and Heritage Theatre Festival. At St. Paul’s, he has been active with the Gay-Straight Concerns Group and the Sunday evening dinners for students.

Daniel will be leading a very talented musical team. To further underscore the professionalism of our musical leadership, I am appointing Albrecht von Gaudecker as Assistant Music Director and Organist. Albrecht will continue providing his musical skills at our 10 am and 5:30 pm Sunday services, and also on Wednesdays and at special services. He will also continue to lead our children’s choirs.

Albrecht was born in Hannover, Germany, and after finishing a two-year apprenticeship for horticulture in Hildesheim, he studied Sacred Music at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Weimar and Hamburg (Diploma B of Sacred Music). During his studies in Hamburg he served for two years as a church music assistant at Main Church St. Petri/Hamburg, and continued his studies in Luebeck (Diploma A of Sacred Music), Halle and Leipzig (Artist Diploma).

I have also appointed Emily Williams Guffey as an Assistant Music Director. Her primary responsibility will be in leading our 5:30 pm Sunday evening music, which she was involved with for most of the last academic year. She has brought graceful skill in showing how various forms of sacred music can work together to enhance the worship experience at that service.

Emily moved to Charlottesville a year ago with her husband, Andrew, who is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religious Studies at UVA. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., where she studied conducting, organ, voice, theology, church history, and Anglican liturgy.

Emily has served as a liturgical musician at several churches in the Chicago area, including (most recently) the Canterbury Episcopal campus ministry at her alma mater, Northwestern University. In addition, she has been delighted to serve on the Committee for Liturgy and Music for the Diocese of Chicago’s annual convention.

She says that she “melts over early music” (just mention the name “William Byrd”), and currently sings with Fire, the Charlottesville a capella women's choir. She is a research assistant in the UVA Department of Public Health Sciences. In her free time, she loves to cook, tinker in the garden, practice yoga, and write.

I am very excited about the having these three very able musicians bringing their enormous talent to St. Paul's, and I look forward to seeing our very strong music program becoming stronger. Please join me in congratulating these fine musicians on their appointments.


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