The Christ Church Choir sings the Solemn Mass on Sundays and Feast Days, and sings the Choral Office at Evensong and Compline. The fully-professional choir is composed of students from Yale University, most of them working on advanced degrees, and professionals from the New Haven community. The worship at Christ Church, deeply sacramental, incarnational, and devotional, makes full use of the rich resources of the Book of Common Prayer and, true to the ideals of the Oxford Movement, music plays a very important part in the liturgy. The choir sings Psalms (to both plainsong and Anglican Chant), settings of the Mass Ordinary, the Gregorian Minor Propers, canticles, and anthems and motets drawn from all periods of music history while placing an emphasis on the music from our own rich Anglican heritage. Several recordings of the Christ Church Choir are available for sale from the parish shop.
& Artist in Residence
Thomas Murray, the Principal Organist & Artist in Residence at Christ Church, is also University Organist and Professor of Music at Yale University, where he teaches and performs on the renowned Skinner organ in Woolsey Hall. Widely known for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, his recordings are highly acclaimed.
Professor Murray has appeared in recitals and lectures at six national conventions of the AGO, which named him International Artist of the Year for 1986. In 2003 he was named an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Organists in England, and in 2005 he was awarded the Gustave Stoeckel Award for excellence in teaching from the Yale University School of Music. He has made numerous recordings on the AFKA, Gothic, and JAV Labels.
- Schumann: Study for Pedal Piano, Op. 56, No. 4 on YouTube
- Interview by the Yale Daily News on YouTube
- Thomas Murray (organist) on Wikipedia
- Murray, Thomas in Grove Music Online (subscription)
Dr. Nathaniel Adam is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Michigan (MA/PhD, Music Theory). He is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Music Theory at Yale University, and teaches Music Theory and Musicianship classes at Central Connecticut State University and Composition and Music History at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. During the summer he is on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Choral Studies, where he coordinates the musicianship curriculum, conducts small ensembles, and serves as a piano accompanist. An active chorister, collaborative pianist, and composer, his choral and instrumental works have been performed across the country and internationally.
Robert Bennesh is a Swedish organist and church musician. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in church music from The Malmö Academy of Music and The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. Robert has studied organ performance with, among others, Professors Hans Fagius and Bine Bryndorf. Currently enrolled in the Master of Music program in organ at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Robert is a student of Professor Thomas Murray. Parallel to his studies he was the assisting organist of St Andrew’s Church in Malmö from 2006-2012 as well as organ teacher and choir director at Heleneholm High School from 2008-2012. Furthermore Robert was associated with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra as their organist or second keyboardist when needed. Last year he served as the associate organist of The Episcopal Church at Yale. Robert has been awarded scholarships from, among others, The Swedish Royal Academy of Music, Pro Fide et Christianismo, and The Swedish Organ Society.
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