We have been searching for a well-qualified musician to lead our church and school music programs as Director of Music. I am excited to announce that I have offered the position to Mr. Bryan Anderson and he has accepted.
Bryan has served as our Interim Director of Music since September of 2018 and he has done outstanding work. Julia, his wife, has also been active on our campus and is an accomplished musician in her own right. Their infant son, Wesley, was recently baptized in our church and we are pleased to welcome this wonderful family!
Martin Luther once said that music is the handmaid of theology. What he meant was that music allows us to glorify our God more fully. It is there to serve and assist in the worship of God and in the proclamation of the Gospel. Some say that a hymn is like a second sermon. Anyone who has left church humming one of the hymns can attest to that.
Music is also great art in itself. Anglican choral music and hymnody is among the best of all art, not just of Christian art. As we embrace our Anglican tradition in Word and Sacrament, we also do so joyously in music and liturgy. When done with care and love, the Anglican prayer book service explodes with transcendence AND immanence: we praise the Lord of creation and the Friend of sinners. It is this service around which we have the honor and responsibility to build our lives as a Christian community. Our music has life, vitality, warmth, and deep meaning. Bryan has been excellent in his approach in striking just this tenor.
Look for excellence to continue in our worship music. Our choir consists of committed volunteers and professional singers. We will emphasize choir-led congregational singing on normal Sundays and we will include choral services on special feast days. On High Feast Days such as Christmas and Easter you can expect to hear sublime choral Communion settings.
As Director of Music, Bryan will also lead the school’s music programs, specifically the choirs, chapel music, strings, and music education. Piping and dancing will remain under the leadership of Lyric Todkill, Donna Cusack, and Dianne Krugh. We have an excellent music program with a terrific staff. Bryan’s charge is to maintain our excellence and build upon it. We would like, especially, to build the numbers in our school choirs and to work toward integrating the music program with our Christian Formation efforts.
It is an exciting time to be at St. Thomas’. We are building more than buildings here. We are building young men and women, life-changing programs, and, most importantly, a witness for the Gospel that will be felt over generations. Bryan Anderson is our newest partner and fellow laborer in God’s vineyard as we seek, by the grace of God, to do that. Please join me in welcoming, congratulating, and encouraging Bryan, Julia, and Wesley.