Music

The Organists

John Scott

Organist and Director of Music since 2004, has an international reputation as an organist and choir trainer. After his initial musical training as a Cathedral chorister in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Dr. Scott become Organ Scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge. While still a student, he made his Royal Albert Hall debut as the youngest organ soloist to appear in the Proms.

Upon leaving Cambridge, Dr. Scott was jointly appointed Assistant Organist at London’s two Anglican Cathedrals, St. Paul’s and Southwark. He subsequently became Sub-Organist of St. Paul’s, and served as Director of Music there for fourteen years before joining Saint Thomas Church as Director of Music. In 1998, he was nominated International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is a frequent jury member of the world’s most prestigious organ competitions. Before embarking for his new post in New York, he was awarded the title Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), a personal honor from Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Nashotah House Seminary in 2008.

More information about John may be found on his website.

Stephen Buzard

Stephen Buzard, Assistant Organist, holds a Master of Music Degree from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, Mr. Buzard served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven; organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School; and organist for Berkeley Divinity School. Prior to attending Yale, Mr. Buzard studied with virtuoso Ken Cowan at Westminster Choir College, serving concurrently as organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton and as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Between undergraduate and graduate schools, Mr. Buzard spent a “gap year” in England as senior organ scholar of Wells Cathedral. Mr. Buzard was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition, and his premier CD In Light or Darkness, available through Delos Records, has received critical acclaim. James Reed wrote for The Diapason: "Buzard paints the color and shape of every phrase with a maturity belying his youthfulness... If this level of skill doesn't dazzle you, then I do not know what will!"

Benjamin Sheen

Benjamin Sheen, Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church and recent Juilliard graduate, is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a ‘brilliant organist’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens (Delaware) Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. Benjamin started his education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral (under the direction of John Scott), before studying at Eton College and, more recently, Oxford University where he graduated with First Class Honours in Music, While an undergraduate, he held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal for 2011. As a concert organist, Benjamin has performed throughout the UK and the USA, as well as further afield in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Notable engagements have included performances in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Duisburg Symphonie in Germany. He has also performed live on BBC radio and television and made a number of appearances on NPR’s Pipedreams. In January 2012, Benjamin made his concerto debut with the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in a performance of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Ensemble as part of the 2012 FOCUS Festival in the Lincoln Centre. For more information on Ben’s upcoming performances, please see his website.