Jeffrey Smith joins Christ Church Cranbrook as interim director of…

first_imgJeffrey Smith joins Christ Church Cranbrook as interim director of music Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [Christ Church Cranbrook] Christ Church Cranbrook, an Episcopal church, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Smith as Interim Director of Music. Dr. Smith comes to Christ Church Cranbrook (CCC) with an impressive international reputation among church musicians and is recognized as one of the leading Anglican musicians in the world.Since 2009, Jeffrey Smith has served on the organ and church music faculty of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Based in London, he has served as organist to its oldest parish church, St Bartholomew-the-Great. He was previously Canon Director of Music at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where he conducted its Choir of Men and Boys in an extensive liturgical program, devised tours and recordings, and directed a weekly concert series. Smith was Music Director at Saint Paul’s Parish, K Street, in Washington D.C. from 1992 to 2004.Before his time in Washington, D.C., Jeffrey Smith was the organist-choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky.In addition to his doctoral degree from Yale University, Smith holds degrees and diplomas from Northwestern University, the Royal College of Music, and Royal College of Organists. He won highest honors in receiving the Fellowship of the American Guild of Organists and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music in 2004. The Archbishop of Canterbury presented him with an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians in 2011.Jeffrey studied under such notable musicians as Thomas Murray, Gerre Hancock, Wolfgang Rübsam, John Birch, David Willcocks, and Philippe Lefebvre, organist of Notre Dame de Paris.As a commentator on church music, Dr. Smith has been heard on both NPR and BBC Radio. His choral and organ disks on the Pro Organo label have been critically praised. He is also active as a guest choral conductor, workshop leader, and recitalist.Dr. Smith will plan and oversee all music ministries of the parish during the active recruitment of a permanent director. He will work with other parish musicians in recruiting, maintaining, and conducting the adult choir, give oversight to C3, the Cranbrook Ringers, children’s choirs, and other ensembles at scheduled worship services and other performances. He will also be working with members of the parish to establish a program of chorister training and liturgical singing, along the lines of Royal School of Church Music model and/or school-affiliated models.Dr. Smith grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently lives with his family in London, U.K., where his wife works as a journalist and his son is a chorister at Westminster Abbey. His ministry at Christ Church Cranbrook will begin on August 1 and continue until June 30, 2015.Smith replaces John Repulski, a well-known musician throughout the region. Repulski has accepted an exciting opportunity in a joint position as Director of Music/Music Missioner at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. 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Glee Club to honor W.E.B. Du Bois

first_img Sociology conference to reconsider contributions by African-American scholar, leader Giving Du Bois his due The great eight More than music unites Harvard Glee Club, Dorchester choir Du Bois medals honor outstanding contributions in black arts, culture Resonant connection Related In 1888, sociologist and author W.E.B. Du Bois arrived at Harvard as the first black scholar to study for a doctorate from the University. Du Bois broke barriers on campus, but faced exclusion from social life, including the all-white Glee Club founded in 1858.More than 100 years later, the Harvard Glee Club is starting to reckon with its role in Du Bois’ campus experience. On Saturday, the club will perform a concert titled “The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois,” a celebration of African-American spiritual music and Du Bois’ writings on race and inequality.“Our troubled relationship with Du Bois was an impetus for the show,” said Glee Club publicity manager Michael Baick ’22. “We’re trying to honor Du Bois and make [the concert] about him, not us. We should always be thinking about how our music can resonate beyond the space where we’re singing.”The concert honoring Du Bois is a step toward reconciliation with the organization’s past while looking toward its future. Andrew Clark, the music director and conductor of the Glee Club, as well as director of choral activities and senior lecturer on music, conceived the project in 2015. He had learned of Du Bois’ exclusion from the Glee Club after joining the faculty in 2010 and had audited courses on race and modernity and Du Bois’ writing with Cornel West, professor of the practice of public philosophy. It was in these classes that Clark began to form the foundation for the project.“Music is such a big part of Du Bois’ work,” said Clark, “and he considers music as a vehicle for transformation, reconciliation, defiance, and resistance.” He added that the great sociologist and historian’s influence is clear in both the program’s content and form.In his pioneering work, “The Souls of Black Folk,” Du Bois began each chapter with an excerpt from both a black spiritual and a European poem, asserting their equality as cultural products. The Glee Club is applying this method to their concert, singing work from both traditions.,“We’re trying to put western European music in conversation with African-American [spirituals] in a way that Du Bois would appreciate — as two rich cultural resources of equal value that have a lot to say to each other,” said Clark.Clark found an ideal collaborator for the concert project in Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, a singer, conductor, activist, and visiting instructor of music at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Wondemagegnehu is also the co-founder of Justice Choir, a grassroots movement dedicated to collaborative and collective power through singing. Clark and Wondemagegnehu will both conduct the concert.“Working with the students has been really inspiring,” said Wondemagegnehu, who visited campus several times this winter to advise and rehearse with students. “We’ve had some amazing dialogue. The issues that Du Bois was talking about in the early 20th and late 19th centuries are still issues in 2019. So, how can we be part of the change?”The concert also features an original piece, “To Love,” by Glee Club member Nathan Robinson ’20. Robinson composed the music while studying in the Harvard Choruses New Music Initiative program and created lyrics using text from a chapter of  “The Souls of Black Folk” titled “Of the Passing of the First Born.”In the chapter, Du Bois recounts the death of his infant son, while expressing relief that the child wouldn’t suffer further. “Du Bois is always very matter-of-fact when he writes, but what really stuck out to me was how pained the writing was,” said the Winthrop House resident. “The wonderful thing about Du Bois is that his words are very poetic, so it was very easy to find lines that popped out.” “The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois” draws upon Harvard’s academic and musical resources, while also expanding the idea of what a Glee Club concert can look like. “I haven’t seen many pieces with text by black writers, besides spirituals,” added Robinson. “Having modern music set to that text was a very fun and new experience for me.”The concert will also feature audience participation and readings of Du Bois’ work by faculty and Glee Club members. Students will also collect donations for the W.E.B. Du Bois Society, an enrichment and leadership program hosted by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.“I think the way we’re working with collaborators, artists, and activists is something very special,” said Baick. Performing this tribute to Du Bois is “the epitome of why I want to be at Harvard, and to sing at Harvard — to be able to engage so thoughtfully with history.”The Glee Club’s concert “The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois” is free and open to the public on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Memorial Church. Tickets are available at Harvard Box Office’s website or by calling 617-496-2222.last_img read more