THE ANGLICAN SINGERS
The Anglican Singers are delighted to announce that the Reverend Benjamin Straley has accepted the position of Music Director, effective August 15, 2018.
Benjamin was most recently Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral, from 2012 to 2018. In addition to his playing responsibilities, he also assisted in the conducting and rehearsing of the Cathedral choir, considered by many to be the premier cathedral choir in the United States within the Anglican tradition. The Cathedral is one of only a few places in America that maintain a tradition of daily Evensong, which is sung Sunday through Thursday during the academic term.
Prior to his appointment at the National Cathedral, Benjamin was Organ Scholar at Trinity Church (Episcopal), New Haven, as well as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Yale.
Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies with Marilyn Keiser at Indiana University, he entered the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2008, where he studied with Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart. In 2010, he became one of the few Americans in the history of the Haarlem (Netherlands) Organ Festival to compete in its world-renowned improvisation contest. He was featured in the May 2015 issue of The Diapason as one of the “Top 20 under 30” list of young organists and church musicians in the country. He holds master’s degrees in both Music and Divinity from Yale, as well as a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, and is a Deacon in the Episcopal Church.
Benjamin is in the process of relocating from Washington, D.C. to Essex, Connecticut, where he will become Assistant Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Please plan to attend our opening Choral Evensong service for 2018–2019, at Pequot Chapel in New London, on September 23 at 5 p.m., and help us welcome Benjamin to Connecticut and The Anglican Singers!