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Organist/Choirmaster

Nathan LivelySt. John’s is delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Lively as Organist/Choir Master (November, 2017). Clearly a musical prodigy, Nathan began his musical studies at age six and was playing in church by age seven. By age ten he was playing the organ each week in different churches in his hometown of Hinton, West Virginia, and while in middle school he became the chapel and choir pianist at Ballard Christian High School in Ballard, West Virginia. Upon graduating high school, Nathan continued his education at Concord University in English Education and also studied organ with Daniel Spurgeon in Beckley, West Virginia. Nathan left Concord University before his degree was completed to accept the position of organist at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Huntington, West Virginia.

Nathan is a nationally recognized musician. He is an active performer, educator, collaborative artist, and church musician. He was hailed by the Chicago Tribune in 2015 as one of the nation’s leading young organists. Nathan is known for his imaginative programming, revitalization of obscure pieces, and fiery playing. He is among a group of talented, collaborative and innovative young musicians who are raising the bar of church music in Connecticut.

As a performing artist, Nathan has appeared widely on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Notable venues are Central Synagogue, New York City; Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh; and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chicago. He plays frequently at the historic Bruton Parish Church, in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Nathan has premiered many new organ solos. The genres in which he is most noted for performing are those of French Romantic and Contemporary organ works, such as Franck and Langlais.

Prior to coming to St. John’s, Nathan served as Director of Music Ministries at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. While at Trinity he oversaw a graded choir program with hand bells, children, adult, and staff singers, in addition to playing the four manual 110-rank pipe organ, one of the largest in western Pennsylvania, and, most recently, as Director of Music Ministries at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport, Tennessee, which houses the only tracker organ of its kind in the area. Nathan is a member of the American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association, Appalachian Music Teachers Association (MTNA/AMTA), and was Vice-President of the Kingsport Music Club.

Aside from music, Nathan’s passions, in his very “spare” time, are cooking, especially exploring wines and new foods, and travelling. His heart belongs to cats, but currently he lives with two Scotties, Nigel and Daisy, who have won his affection for the present. Nathan lives in West Hartford with Vaughn Mauren, Organist/Choir Master of St. James's Episcopal Church, West Hartford, Connecticut.

 

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Sarah Eyre joined St. John's as the Parish Bookkeeper in March 2011. Sarah graduated cum laude from New York College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at Alfred University with a BFA in new media (painting, printmaking and video). Sarah divides her time between St. John's and Joyful Noise, Inc, where she is the office manager/graphic designer. Sarah pursues her artwork in her free time. Her art has been exhibited at The Dorsky Museum, Cornell University, The Aldrich Museum, Northwest Connecticut Community College, The Warner Theater, Apex Art, The Invisible Dog Gallery, and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She is an active member, and co-founder, of the "Ladies' Auxiliary" artist collective. Sarah lives in Barkhamsted with her husband, Michael, and twin daughters, Cecily and Lynda.