March 28, 2016
The RSCM Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Mr. Richard Gray as this year’s Assistant Course Organist and Conducting Scholar.
Richard Gray, a native of Beaufort, SC, is a candidate for the Master of Music in Organ Performance at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX, where he studies with Professor Stefan Engels. A graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, MD, Mr. Gray holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with James David Christie and Marie-Louise Langlais. He pursued further studies multiple summers at the renowned McGill Summer Organ Academy in Montréal, studying music of the French baroque with John Grew and organ improvisation with Sietze de Vries. In addition, he has participated in master classes with Philippe Lefebvre, Renée Louprette and Jack Mitchener.
As a church musician, Mr. Gray serves as the Minister of Music of First United Lutheran Church of Dallas where he plays the organ and oversees a choral scholar program. Most recently, he won the prize for Hymn Playing Excellence (Alamo AGO Award) in the 45th Annual William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio, TX. In the past, he has served as Sacred Music Intern at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD and First Baptist Church in Worcester, MA. Devoted to the mission of the Royal School of Church Music in America Summer Training Courses, Mr. Gray was selected as Organ Scholar for the 20th Anniversary of the RSCMA Carolina Course in Raleigh, NC where he shared daily service playing responsibilities with organist Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway and leading British conductor, Simon Lole. He will return to the course this summer as Assistant Organist and Conducting Scholar.
An active recitalist, Mr. Gray has performed throughout the United States, including recitals for The Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD, National City Christian Church in Washington, DC, The Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort, SC, The Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, OH, and The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul where he was a featured artist in the L’Organo Series of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Upcoming engagements include recitals in Boston’s Trinity Church Copley Square and The Myers Park Baptist Church for the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.