December 1, 2019
The RSCM Carolina Course is pleased to welcome Mr. Stephen Gourley as the Course Organist for the 2020 course!
Stephen Gourley holds the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of North Texas and the North Carolina School of the Arts respectively. He has studied organ and harpsichord with Jesse Eschbach, Jack Mitchener, Erica Johnson, Christoph Hammer; church music with Mark Scott, and piano with Dianne Finan. During his undergraduate studies, he frequently performed recitals on the historic 1800 David Tannenburg organ, housed at the Old Salem Visitor’s Center in Winston-Salem. While at North Texas, Stephen was awarded a teaching assistantship in the choral department and acted as accompanist for the chamber and concert choirs. In 2009, Stephen served as continuo player for the North American premiere of Giovanni Felice Sances’ Missa Sancta Maria Magdalena with the UNT Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers. He was also named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Organ for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Since March of 2014, Stephen has served as Director of Music at The Village Chapel, an interdenominational community of faith in Pinehurst, NC. He serves as organist for all worship services (totaling 180 services yearly), conducts and accompanies the Chapel Choir, conducts the Handchime Choir, and oversees the children’s music program. In 2014, Stephen founded The Village Chapel Music Series, now in its sixth season.
Stephen has served as both Accompanist and President of the Board of Directors for the Moore County Choral Society. He is also a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America and serves as a staff member for its Carolina Course, held in Raleigh. Stephen has also served for two years as a counselor with Camp SAY, a summer camp for young people who stutter. He has served churches in the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Lutheran traditions in North Carolina and Texas.
Stephen has performed in organ masterclasses with Olivier Latry, Todd Wilson, Carole Terry, and Jonathan Biggers, and worked with esteemed conductors such as Richard Sparks, Greg Hobbs, Daniel Bara, and James Albritten.
Stephen is equally at home as a solo artist, collaborator, accompanist, and conductor, with musical interests ranging from church music to musical theatre. His choral compositions are published by Renforth Music.