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Jeremy Bruns – Dean
Jeremy S. Bruns is the newly appointed Assistant Director of Music at St. Paul’s Church and Choir School in Harvard Square. He has won prizes in major international competitions, and has been heard regularly on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipe Dreams, broadcasts on BBC Radio, and recordings on the Pro Organo label.
Mitchell Crawford – Sub-Dean and Programs
Mitchell Crawford is Minister of Music at Old South Church in Boston. A native of southwest Virginia, he holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Florida State University, where he was awarded a conducting fellowship. As a recitalist, Mitchell has been fortunate to present concerts in many venues along the east coast, including Harvard and Princeton Universities, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, and numerous churches.
Daryl Bichel received the BA degree in music from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and holds Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory in performance of early music and in organ performance. He has served on the Board of Directors for Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Capella Clausura and the Old West Organ Society.
Daryl is very interested in singing and the choral art, and sang for many years with the choir of men and boys at The Parish of All Saints – Ashmont in Dorchester. He currently sings for Night Song and with The Seraphim Singers, serving as President of the Board of Directors. He also has an active career as a substitute church musician, which sometimes involves working with choirs.
Daryl is responsible for conceiving Night Song, described several years ago as unique in the entire country by a graduate student surveying compline liturgies. It is partially inspired by compline at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, a tradition that extends beyond 50 years duration. Night Song is a direct reflection of Bichel’s affinity for Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, jazz and art. It also employs elements of Anglo-Catholic liturgy, such as chant, incense and icons. Beyond that, it provides an opportunity for him to use his skills as a composer. He has arranged two compline settings and composed four other settings, all used regularly at Night Song. These are all used regularly at Night Song. He also has written hymns and psalm settings for Night Song.
Jay Lane, CMVT-MT, teaches voice in Arlington, Lincoln, Maynard, and Newburyport Massachusetts. He enjoys working with students of all ages, but is particularly interested in improving aging voices and in helping those with vocal disorders.
A professional choral conductor and organist, Jay has released four recordings of 16th century polyphony with his Renaissance choir, Vox Lucens. He has directed numerous musical organizations, including the Wakefield Choral Society, the Yale Bach Society, the Branford Chamber Orchestra, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Societies of Yale and MIT.
An accomplished church musician, Jay has served as organist and choir director at First Baptist Church New Haven CT, the Episcopal Church at Yale, Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton MA, and First Religious Society UU, Newburyport, MA. Presently he is music director at St. Anne’s in-the Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, MA. Jay has taught music history and theory at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts, and has co-authored an article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music. His teachers include Lin Schuller (voice) Roberta Bitgood and Thomas Murray (organ), and Charles Bruck and David Hagy (conducting)
Claire DeCusati, Election Coordinator
Claire DeCusati has been a member of the Boston Chapter since moving to the area in 2003. Claire has her Certificate in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ. She was involved in the 2014 National Convention as Registrar, Webmaster, and Secretary on the Executive Committee. She has served in several capacities for the Boston Chapter in the past including Auditor, Election Coordinator, Member-at-Large, and Webmaster.
Lynn Vermeer, Registrar
Lynn has a BM in Organ Performance and an MM in Choral Conducting. She has worked at Church of the Advent, St Paul’s Choir School and St Brigid in Lexington. She presently is at St Michael’s in Bedford and at the School of Theology and Ministry at BC.
Members – at – Large
Class of 2022
- Alain Bojarski
- Terry Halco
- Mary Jodice
- Father David Michael
Class of 2024
- Stephan Griffin
- Christine Hogan
- Cathy Meyer