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Jefferey Clearman from Summit is the organist and choirmaster at All Saints Memorial (Episcopal) Church in Atlantic Highlands. He is the former organist and choirmaster of All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile Alabama where he directed the Parish Choir and the Choir of Boys and Girls for 15 years. While in Mobile he was organist and chorusmaster for Musica Sacra of Mobile and also organist for the St. Paul's Choral Society. Jefferey was an accompanist in the voice department of the University of South Alabama. He also was musical director for the Chickasaw Civic Theater productions of Mary Poppins and Oklahoma,and also the musical director for the Joe Jefferson Players production ofAvenue Q. Jefferey holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Memphis in Memphis Tennessee. His primary teachers have been Dr. John David Peterson, Ms. Diane Meredith Belcher, and Dr. Jeff R. McLelland. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Royal School of Church Music.
Anne Matlack (BA Music cum laude, Yale University; MM, DMA Choral Conducting, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) is serving her 27th year as Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. Here she directs a full program of children and adult choirs and a concert series, Grace Community Music. Her excellent all-volunteer adult chorus performs Evensongs and large choral works every year and her children's choir training program follows Royal School of Church Music standards and has 60 children ages 7-18 singing every week in three different levels. She has been Artistic Director of the acclaimed Harmonium Choral Society since 1987. During her tenure as Artistic Director, the 100-voice choral society has been recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming. Grace Church and Harmonium singers joined to serve as Choir-in-Residence at Winchester Cathedral in the summer of 2015. Dr. Matlack serves on the New Jersey Board of the American Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Resources Chair for Community Choirs and President-Elect. She studied organ with Charles Krigbaum, Michael Schneider, and David Mulbury.
Kevin Davis, Organist/Choir Master at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, where he directs the Calvary Choir, Handbells, and Calvary Chorale. He holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Church Music (Choral Conducting) from Westminster Choir College where he studied organ with Joan Lippincott. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance at Louisiana Tech University, where he studied organ with Ray Bradbury.
Mr. Davis has served Trinity Episcopal Church (Mobile, AL), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Mobile, AL) and Grace Congregational Church (Rutland, VT). In addition to church work, He has directed Rutland Area Chorus, Voices of Vermont, St. Paul’s Choral Society, St. Paul’s Schola Cantorum, Bella Voce of Mobile and most recently he served as the Interim Director of Concord Singers. He has performed organ recitals in Alabama, Louisiana, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine and Rhode Island. He has also served as organist for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Mobile Symphony. While in Mobile he was on the faculty of the University of South Alabama as Adjunct Instructor of Organ, Music Theory (Aural training and sight singing) and Introduction to Music.
Mr. Davis is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, American Choral Directors Association and Handbell Musicians of America.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Evan Wesley Currie is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, studying with Renée Anne Louprette. Evan is a member of the Rutgers University Glee Club, Kirkpatrick Choir, the Mason Gross Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and currently holds the position of the accompanist for the Rutgers University Choir. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Evan earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance as a student of Dr. Charles Tompkins. During his time at Furman, Evan served as the Chancel Choir Accompanist and was awarded the prestigious Dr. A Elbert Adams Scholarship, Saunders-Davis Music Scholarship, and the Lindsay Smith Organ Scholarship for excellence in organ performance. In addition to the organ, Evan studied piano with Ruby Morgan. An accomplished baritone, he made his vocal debut in Handel’s Messiah. He has completed additional studies in piano and vocal performance in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia d’ell Arte and served as an intern at The Juilliard School in New York City.
A sought after accompanist, Mr. Currie has collaborated with multiple choirs in the New York City and New Jersey areas such as Musica Dolce at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the All Souls Professional Choir at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City.
As a recitalist, and guest artist, Mr. Currie has presented and collaborated in various musical performances throughout New York City, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Greenville, Canada, and Italy.
In January of 2017, Mr. Currie was appointed the Director of Music and Organist at Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he currently overseas a multifaceted and diverse music program comprised of 4 choirs, and multiple instrumental and bell ensembles. Previous positions held include Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church of Denver, as well as The Second Presbyterian Church and Lee Road United Methodist Church of Greenville.
The meticulous technique, innate yet highly mature musicality, and constant musical engagement
exhibited by Joshua Stafford compelled the jury of the 2016 Longwood Gardens International
Organ Competition to name him, out of 12 stellar competitors, the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize
Winner of this illustrious event, earning him a cash award of $40,000.
Already in demand as a recitalist, improviser, and choral accompanist, Joshua has performed at
many notable venues, including the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, the National Shrine of
the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Ocean Grove
Auditorium in New Jersey, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and Spivey Hall in Georgia.
His recital at the 2015 Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians was hailed as
“technically flawless yet exceptionally nuanced and spontaneous.” Joshua has appeared with the
Curtis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, and recordings of his
performances have been aired on MPR’s Pipedreams and WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour.
A native of Jamestown, New York, Mr. Stafford received the bachelor of Music Degree from the
Curtis Institute of Music in 2010 as a scholarship student of Alan Morrison. In 2012 he received
his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music as a student of Thomas Murray
(organ performance) and Jeffrey Brillhart (organ improvisation). Joshua was the recipient of both
a full-tuition scholarship and the Robert Baker Award, given to a first year organ student who
exhibits exceptional promise and achievement in their field of study.
Joshua Stafford is the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New
Jersey, where he conducts an RSCM-based program with choirs of boys, girls, and adults. The
chorister program is paired with an after-school outreach program for the city’s underserved
children, offering excellent music education at no cost.
Grace Community Music
Daily Keyboard Recitals
August 7-11, 2017 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Organ console and pedalboard projected!
$7 Lunch follows by Slamwich
Monday August 7 Anne Matlack Bach and Burkhardt
Tuesday August 8 Kevin Davis Bach Pièce D’Orgue, Toccata Adagio &Fugue
Wednesday August 9 Jeff Clearman Pachelbel, Buxtehude, Bach
Thursday August 10 Evan Currie Bach and Brahms
Friday August 11 Josh Stafford winner, Longwood Gardens organ competition
FREEWILL DONATION AT THE DOOR for performers