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Richard Gray

Organist Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Richard Gray is the director of music for St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, he directs two choral ensembles, serves as compline coordinator and is artistic director of the Winifred Bean Sacred Music Series. Gray completed a year as the 2017-18 Inaugural Organ Scholar of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked within all aspects of the strong Anglican tradition. He holds degrees in organ performance from Southern Methodist University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Stefan Engels and James David Christie, respectively. Additional studies have been at the McGill Summer Organ Academy in Montréal, the 2017 Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute as a Conducting Fellow and the 2019 Cambridge Choral Summer Course.

During his graduate studies at SMU in Dallas, he was engaged as an organist at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, one of the flagship churches of the denomination, where he enjoyed collaborations as an accompanist for both the Chancel Choir and Highland Park Chorale. Gray has served as assistant course organist for the 2016 Royal School of Church Music Course in Raleigh, North Carolina He won the prize for Hymn Playing Excellence (Alamo AGO Award) in the 2016 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio. He has sung with the Nashville Chamber Singers, the Dallas Choral Festival Chorus and the Highland Park Chorale.

As a recitalist, Gray has performed concerts in notable venues throughout the United States including Charlotte’s Myers Park Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.’s National City Christian Church, Cleveland’s The Church of the Covenant, Beaufort’s St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Boston’s Trinity Church on Copley Square and Dallas’ Highland Park United Methodist Church. He has twice been featured as a solo artist on the L’Organo Series of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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