Our Music Director

 

Geoffrey Smith, Director of Music

Geoffrey Smith is a name recognized by many musicians in the Episcopal Church, having served as a full-time church musician for parishes in Ohio, Connecticut and New York from 1976–1995.  In addition to maintaining a rigorous rehearsal and service schedule at home, his choirs of adults and children have toured the east coast, singing in Washington National Cathedral, Albany’s Cathedral of All Saints, as well as numerous parish churches of various denominations.

 

framed Smith 190x250 copyAs an organist he has played recitals and accompanied choirs throughout the United States, in England and in France.  While at Christ Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio he designed and supervised the installation of a significant new mechanical action organ.  In 1988 he was selected from a slate of over 110 candidates to succeed Robert G. Owen at Christ Church Bronxville.  The New York Times hailed his choir there as “the finest parish church choir outside New York City.”  (He was also charged with preserving the historic Æolian-Skinner/Gress Miles organ that was a sister instrument to the organ here at St. Mark’s.)  He has led workshops on hymnody and choral repertoire, and several of his hymn tunes and some of his service music have been published.

 

He brings to St. Mark’s a lifetime of experience in Anglican church music, nearly forty years as a choir trainer, and a profound knowledge and respect for buildings and instruments of historic significance.

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