The Rector, Chris Girata, has called Glenn Stroh, Organist and Assistant Choirmaster at St. Mark’s School of Texas, to serve as Saint Michael’s Interim Organist/Choirmaster. His first Sunday at Saint Michael was April 30.
“Glenn has an extensive background in music education, developing choirs, and organ performance that will ensure that the high quality of Saint Michael’s music program will continue as we narrow our search for a permanent Organist/Choirmaster,” the Rector said. He also said, “Stroh will remain on our music staff through the spring of 2018 to support the transition to the new Organist/Choirmaster.”
Stroh will continue in his fulltime position at St. Mark’s where he trains the novice choristers, assists with direction and rehearsal of the school’s Choir of Men and Boys, oversees its Royal School of Church Music training program, and is organist for the chapel and campus community. He will work half-time at Saint Michael and All Angels.
Stroh has a Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and Master of Music in Historical Keyboard from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. He has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, and, most recently, served as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney. Read his full biography below.
Glenn Stroh is an organist, harpsichordist, conductor, and music educator based in Dallas, Texas. In 2011, he began an appointment as Organist and Assistant Choirmaster at St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he trains the novice choristers, assists with the direction and rehearsal of the St. Mark’s Choir of Men and Boys, oversees the school’s Royal School of Church Music training program, and provides organ music for the chapel and campus community. In addition to his faculty position at St. Mark’s, he formerly served as Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney. His career as a church musician has included positions at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, the historic Old Stone Church (First Presbyterian) on Cleveland’s Public Square, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Cleveland.
Mr. Stroh has performed across the U.S. and Europe, including appearances as a solo artist on many historically significant instruments and as organist for several international choir tours. Recent engagements include Washington National Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral (Montreal), and residencies at Wells and Ely Cathedrals in England with the St. Mark’s Choir, and appearances at St. George’s Hanover Square (London), St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Exeter, Wells, and Canterbury Cathedrals with the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (Dallas). In 2017, he will accompany the St. Mark’s Choir on tour to Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
A seasoned teacher and advocate for music education, he holds certification in the Kodály method with choral emphasis through the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and has been active on music faculties for Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) summer training courses. He has also served as Director of Educational Programs and on the Executive Board for the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and maintains professional affiliation with the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).
Mr. Stroh holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, a Master of Music in Historical Keyboards from the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2009-2010 based at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Other honors include the Top Prize in the Alamo AGO/Quimby Young Artists Competition and the Ballard Prize for Organ Performance in 2005. His organ teachers have included James David Christie, David Boe, David Heller, Michael Kapsner, and Jesse Eschbach. He has also studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and piano with Carolyn True. He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, camping, and playing tennis.