St. Chrysostom's Musicians


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 Richard Barrick Hoskins

Richard Hoskins was appointed Director of Music, Organist & Carillonneur of St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, Chicago in January of 1984.  He conducts the 16-voice professional choir, two Children's Choirs, and a volunteer Parish Choir.  He is the Director of the Music at St. Chrysostom's Concert Series, which he founded in 1985. He also directs and teaches piano and organ for St. Chrysostom’s Music Academy.  From 1995 until 2008 he was Assistant Professor of Organ & Harpsichord at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, teaching Graduate and Undergraduate students. He left NIU to become College Organist at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, teaching Organ and Church Music.

 He has played recitals in churches and at universities throughout the Midwest, in Paris at St. Sulpice and Le Temple du Saint-Esprit, in Canada, and in England at York Minster. He has appeared as organist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andreas Delffs, Carlos Kalmar, James Paul, and Allen Tinkham, as well as with the Lyric Opera Chorus under the direction of Donald Nally, the Chicago Symphony Brass, Music of the Baroque, the William Ferris Chorale, Chicago Choral Artists, St. James’ Chamber Orchestra, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Asbury Brass Quintet and the Millar Brass Ensemble.  As soloist he has appeared with the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic and the LaPorte County Symphony. He has been featured on Pipedreams, the nationally syndicated MPR program, playing St. Chrysostom’s Fisk organ. During the 2004-2005 season he appeared as Organist for the Chorale, under the direction of Bruce Barber, on WTTW’s Sunday evening program, “30 Good Minutes”. He served as Organist for the Choir of Christ Church, Winnetka, under the direction of Richard Clemmitt, for the Choir’s residencies at Wells Cathedral (2003), Durham Cathedral (2005), Lincoln Cathedral (2007), Grace Cathedral (2008), Salisbury Cathedral (2009), and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (2010).  He also served as Organist for the residency of the NIU Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eric Johnson, at Worcester Cathedral (2006).  He has recorded organ works of Charles Tournemire on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of St. François de Sales in Lyon, France.  With the professional choir of St. Chrysostom's Church, he produced and recorded "In dulci Jubilo - Christmas at St. Chrysostom's". His CD’s include several live concert recordings at St. Chrysostom’s, Organist on the Christmas CD “O be Joyful” by Music of Baroque, and as organist for the Choir of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Chicago. He is the Organist on the just-released DVD of the 2007 Christmas Concert by Music of the Baroque, produced and broadcast by Channel 11 WTTW and nationally.

 He began organ studies in Freeport, Illinois with Velma Wachlin in 1971.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in 1976.  In 1988 he was named the William H. Barnes Scholar at Northwestern and received a $10,000 award for graduate study.  His organ study for both Bachelor and Masters degrees was with Dr. Richard Enright.  Other teachers at Northwestern included Dorothy Lane - Harpsichord, Wolfgang Rubsam - Improvisation, and Margaret Hillis - Conducting.  He studied Organ Construction and Design with Kurt Roderer, resident organ builder at Northwestern.  In 1989 he was elected to the honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda.

 He has given workshops for AGO chapters and colleges:  at Elmhurst College on French organ music; a recital of French organ music and a masterclass on same for the Fox Valley American Guild of Organists Chapter; and a workshop on organ music for Lent and Easter for the Rockford American Guild of Organists Chapter.

 In 1974 he was the First Place winner of the Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Society of American Musicians and was presented in recital by the Society.

 In 1979 he was awarded two scholarships by the French government for organ study in France with Daniel Roth, then Organiste-Titulaire of the Basilica du Sacre-Couer, now Organiste-Titulaire of St. Sulpice.  While there, he made his Parisian concert debut at the Temple du Saint-Esprit.  He also studied with M. Roth at the Summer Academy for Organists in Haarlem, Holland (1977).

 He attended the Cambridge Choral Studies Seminar in 1990 at Clare College, studying with John Rutter, Mary Berry, Timothy Brown, Peter Le Huray and Percy Young.

 He was Assistant Organist at St. James' Cathedral, Chicago from 1976 to 1979 and was Interim Organist-Choirmaster in 1980.  He then served as Organist-Choirmaster at historic Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, and was recorded there for the Tiffany exhibition at the Field Museum. 

 He was a member of the Bishop's Advisory Commission on Church Music for the Diocese of Chicago from 1990 until 1995.  He has served a three-year term as board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and was the Coordinator for the Young Artists Competition sponsored by the chapter.

  He served as Organ Consultant for St. Giles' Episcopal Church, Northbrook, a successful collaboration resulting in the purchase of a mechanical action organ by Helmut Wolff of Montreal.  He was appointed Organ Consultant to Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1992 for the rebuilding of their E. M. Skinner organ by the Mander Organ Co. of London.  He served as Consultant to the First Congregational Church of DeKalb, Illinois, resulting in the renovation of the Gress-Miles organ by the Howell Pipe Organ Company of Sterling, Illinois. He was a member of and Consultant to the organ committee of St. Chrysostom's Church for the replacement of the church's 4-manual, 90 rank Moeller organ.  He considers the beautiful new 24-stop, 32 rank organ by the C. B. Fisk Organ Co., installed in September 2004, to be his most significant and happiest accomplishment.

 Roger D. Stanley

 

Associate Organist at St. Chrysostom’s since 1997, Roger D. Stanley is a native of North Carolina. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance. 

Since moving to Chicago in 1978, he attended graduate school at Northwestern University and has served churches in the Chicago area as an organist and choir director. His has studied organ with Dr. Thane McDonald at Wake Forest University, Dr. Kathryn Eskey at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Richard Anderson at Bennett College, and Wolfgang Rübsam at Northwestern University. 

From an early age, Mr. Stanley’s skills as a choral accompanist have been in demand to provide organ performances of major orchestral and choral scores including Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and numerous Bach cantatas. Most recently he performed Duruflé’s Requiem with the Bel Canto Chorus in Milwaukee.