SIMON HOLT, Music Director
Simon Holt received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Royal College of Music, London and a postgraduate teaching certificate from Goldsmiths’ College, London University. In addition, he was a prize winner at the Royal College of Organists in London.
While in the United Kingdom Simon gave organ recitals in Westminster Abbey, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, numerous Cathedrals, and the Royal Albert Hall in London. His discography includes a cassette of solo organ music and three CDs, two as an accompanist and the third conducting the Bristol Cathedral School symphony orchestra. He has also performed several times on national UK radio and television, including a live performance in the Royal Albert Hall while still at The Royal College of Music. He has also toured Europe widely and his performances have included those in Notre-Dame and Sacré Coeur as well as St. Mark’s Venice. He has performed in Holland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland.
In May 1999 Simon and his family moved to Stonington, Connecticut, when he became Director of Music at Calvary Church. In September 2000 he became Director of Music at Pine Point School in Stonington, and collaborated with Calvary Church in founding Calvary Music School where he was Executive Director until 2010. Also in 2000, he founded Salt Marsh Opera where he has been Artistic Director for many years. In September 2007 Simon was appointed Director of Music in School at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City.
In 2012, after two years as Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Head of Music at Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD (the oldest Episcopal boarding school in North America) Simon returned to Connecticut to become Executive Director of The United Theatre in Westerly, RI. Currently, Simon is Artistic Director and General Manager of Salt Marsh Opera, Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and Music Director of Cappella Cantorum.
WILLIAM D. COOPER, Organist
The Anglican Singers are pleased to have Will Cooper join them as organist. William David Cooper is a conductor, organist, scholar and composer. Before coming to St. James (New London) as organist and choirmaster, he served in the same capacity at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Davis, California. He has also been director of the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, and director of music at First Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana.
Cooper’s compositional output includes opera, orchestral, choral, vocal, chamber and electroacoustic music. In 2016 his opera Hagar was staged and performed at the National Opera Association convention in Indianapolis. He won the 2014 Black House Collective New Operas Competition, and his opera Cleopatra was subsequently performed at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City. In 2013 he was commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria to compose Psalm 148. His music has also been performed by Augustin Hadelich, Liza Stepanova, the Lysander Trio, ECCE ensemble, AnticoModerno, the Lydian String Quartet, the Davis Madrigal Singers, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others.
Cooper earned bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School and a PhD from the University of California at Davis, studying composition with Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser, Kurt Rohde, Ross Bauer and Pablo Ortiz, and organ with Paul Jacobs. He received a 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and three ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, including the 2012 Leo Kaplan Award. Cooper has also received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Wellesley Composers Conference, I-Park, Brush Creek, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
IN MEMORY OF MARIANNA WILCOX (1931-2017), Founding Director
Marianna Wilcox (1931-2017) earned her undergraduate degree in organ from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, and went on to graduate study at the Hartt College of Music.
She served on the Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and was past Dean of the New London County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Marianna served as Director of The Anglican Singers for ten years from 1997 until 2007. Prior to founding The Anglican Singers, Marianna was Organist and Choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, CT. Marianna passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Her dedication and legacy will be remembered and cherished by many.