Jeremy Filsell

Organist and Director of Music

Jeremy Filsell, Organist and Director of Music

As a U.S. Citizen and a British Citizen, Jeremy is uniquely placed to lead the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, which owes much of its existence to the great English choral tradition since T. Tertius Noble was invited to found the Saint Thomas Choir School in 1919.

Jeremy Filsell has been hailed as one of only a few virtuoso performers as both pianist and organist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, New Zealand and throughout the USA and UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland and Rachmaninov. He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugene Goossens and Johann Eschmann and recently released were discs of Litaize’s organ music, Rachmaninov’s first and second piano concertos and two of French Mélodies accompanying Michael Bundy (baritone). Jeremy is on the international roster of Steinway Piano Artists and has recorded for BBC Radio 3, USA, and Scandinavian radio networks in solo and concerto roles.

His discography comprises more than 35 solo recordings. Gramophone magazine commented on the series of 12 CDs comprising the première recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works for Guild that it was ‘one of the greatest achievements in organ recording’. In 2005, Signum released a 3-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen, Rouen, BBC Radio 3’s Discs of the Week.

He has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and USA and has served on international competition juries in England and Switzerland. Recent solo engagements have taken him across the USA and UK and to Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. In North America, he concertizes under the auspices of Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.

Brought up as a chorister in Coventry, England, Jeremy Filsell was charged with the direction of a men & boys choir there while still a High School student. Studying with Nicolas Kynaston and Daniel Roth, he read for a first degree as Organ Scholar of Keble College, Oxford University before completing graduate studies in piano at the Royal College of Music in London and gaining a PhD in Musicology at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research on aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré.

Jeremy was formerly Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral, Director of Music at St. Luke’s Chelsea and, before moving to the USA in 2008, held Academic and Performance lectureships at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and was a lay clerk in the Queen’s choir at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Immediately before coming to Saint Thomas, he was Artist in Residence at Washington National Cathedral, Director of Music at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC, and Professor of Organ at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.

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Nicolas Haigh

Associate Organist

Nicolas Haigh

Nicolas comes to us from Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC, where he served as Assistant Director of Music and Organist. Prior to his transatlantic move four years ago, he held positions at New College, Oxford and at York Minster in England. He grew up as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, before studying at Winchester College and then, as organ scholar, at Clare College, Cambridge. Currently active as a historical keyboardist and choral conductor, Nicolas has made appearances with American Bach Soloists and Bach Akademie Charlotte, as well as having given solo organ recitals at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and St. John the Divine in New York City. He is a co-founder of the early music consort L’Académie du Roi Soleil and has performed as a Young Artist at the Britten-Pears Festival in the UK. Nicolas has performed across the Americas, and in Hong Kong, Australia, and Israel. His organ teachers have included Malcolm Archer, Clive Driskill-Smith, and James McVinnie.

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Nicholas Quardokus

Assistant Organist

Nicholas Quardokus, Assistant Organist (photo credit: Ira Lippke)

Nicholas comes to us from St. Paul’s Parish K Street, Washington D.C., where was an Organ Scholar assisting in playing, conducting, and chorister training for weekly services. In addition to duties at St. Paul’s, he was a part-time organist at Washington National Cathedral. He has held similar posts at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel, Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, CT, and Trinity Church, Indianapolis. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His principal teachers included Janette Fishell and Martin Jean (organ), Elisabeth Wright and Arthur Haas (harpsichord), and Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation).

Nicholas has garnered top prizes in competitions around the country, winning first prize at the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 2013, he took first prize in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists. As a solo recitalist, he has performed throughout the Eastern United States, including appearances at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Kennedy Center, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. His solo performances have been broadcast on public radio’s Harmonia Early Music and Pipedreams. He was the featured organist in the 2018 German documentary The Unanswered Ives, which is to be broadcast on French and German television. He has appeared with the Cathedral Choral Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Master Chorale.

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Past Organists of Saint Thomas Church

Thomas S. Brown

Charles Wilson

Thomas Hall

William Taylor

Richard B. Taylor

F. C. Unger

Charles Wilkins

John Dundersdale

Austin L. Phillips

J. L. Northam

A. M. Van Nostrand

Daniel P. Lyon

George W. Morgan

John F. Huntingdon

George W. Warren

William MacFarlane

T. Tertius Noble

T. Frederick H. Candlyn

William Self

Gerre Hancock

John Scott

Daniel Hyde

Assistant Organists of Saint Thomas Church

George W. Warren

P.A. Schnecker

Richard Henry Warren

William C. Macfarlane

Walter C. Gale

G. Darlington Richards

Daniel R. Philippi

Maurice Garabrant

Andrew Tietjen

Grover J. Oberle

Frank A. McConnell

Richard W. Harvey

Frederick W. Graf

Edward A. Wallace

George W. Decker

Frederick O. Grimes III

Bradley L. Hull

1971—1989 & 1997—2004
Judith Hancock*

Catherine Burrell

D. Michael Kleinschmidt

Peter Stoltzfus

Patrick Allen

Thomas Bara

Brian Harlow

Jeremy S. Bruns*

Christian Lane

Frederick Teardo*

Kevin Kwan

Stephen Buzard

Benjamin Sheen*

* Associate

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