Dale Adelmann, PhD, Canon for Music
Dale Adelmann was named Canon for Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip in 2009, having served previously as music director of All Saints', Beverly Hills; St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Through guest conducting in many parts of the USA – often under the auspices of the Royal School of Church Music – compact disc recordings for Gothic Records and Pro Organo (Zarex), and domestic and international choir tours, Dr. Adelmann has established a broad reputation for his choral work with adults and children alike.
Dr. Adelmann was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music during a ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral in September 2018. He has been a member of the external advisory board of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University for more than a decade, and he also serves on the board of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music. He is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), served terms both as editor and consulting editor of the Journal of AAM, and chaired the Internship Committee to found the AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship. He has guest conducted the Atlanta Symphony Brass, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has collaborated with chamber orchestras on many occasions, conducting his choirs in concert both with modern instruments and with baroque ensembles including NYS Baroque, Musica Angelica Baroque, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. As a presenter he has spoken at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and he has twice conducted the Sewanee Church Music Conference. His choral arrangements are published by Paraclete Press, and in the Trinitas series of Oregon Catholic Press. His arrangements of Spirituals are featured on nearly a dozen professional compact discs, and "Swing low, sweet chariot" has been sung during live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion over National Public Radio.
Dr. Adelmann was the first North American to sing in the renowned Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, England, then under the direction of George Guest, where he gained truly extraordinary exposure to the historic canon of sacred choral music in England, singing seven choral services every week during university term for three years. His PhD dissertation at the University of Cambridge was subsequently published in book form as The Contribution of Cambridge Ecclesiologists to the Revival of Anglican Choral Worship 1839-62, which was hailed by critics in the scholarly and in the international church presses as "essential reading" for Anglican Church musicians and Church historians alike. While at Cambridge, Dale served as musical director of the Gentlemen of St John's, the semi-professional male choral ensemble comprised of the choral scholars of the St. John's College Choir, conducting tours of Sweden, Northern Ireland, Wales, and the USA. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan and Yale University, respectively, and studied for a year at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany.
An interview with Dale appeared in Atlanta's Reporter newspapers on March 25, 2010: Cathedral's new canon found beauty in organ music at age 13.
Patrick A. Scott, DMA, Organist & Associate Choirmaster
Patrick A. Scott is Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip, and has been on staff at the Cathedral since September 2014. A native of Picayune, Mississippi, he holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Birmingham-Southern College where he studied with Dr. James Cook. As a student of world-renowned organists, Drs. Judith and Gerre Hancock, Patrick earned the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, both from the University of Texas at Austin. His other major teachers have included Betty Polk, Kathy Vail, and Betty Breland.
Dr. Scott is quickly becoming recognized as one of the nation’s prominent young organists. He was recently named as one of the top 20 leaders and organists under the age of 30 by The Diapason magazine. He won both the first prize and audience prize in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation in Boston in 2014. At the same convention, he was also awarded second prize in the Schoenstein Hymn Playing Competition. He has recorded CDs under the Raven and Gothic labels with the cathedral choirs of St. Philip and as soloist on the Æolean-Skinner organ of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, the organ formerly at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He has presented recitals, workshops, hymn festivals, and masterclasses for chapters and conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Royal School of Church Music.
An active recitalist and accompanist, Dr. Scott has appeared in concert and with choirs throughout the United States, as well as in France, Scotland, England, and Ireland. He has been heard on Pipedreams Live! and Houston based, PipeWorks. In 2009, Patrick was the recipient of a grant from the Bedient Organ Company and the Florence Gould Foundation to study and perform on historic instruments of the 18th and 19th centuries in France. In the summer of 2010, Patrick was accepted into the University of Texas at Austin's Maymester Study Abroad Program where he traveled to England and studied the English Sacred Choral Music tradition at churches and cathedrals in London, Cambridge, Oxford, and Winchester. Prior to his appointment in Atlanta, Dr. Scott served Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC; University Christian Church in Austin, TX; and First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Jack Mitchener, Organist & Artist-in-Residence
Jack Mitchener has had a long career as a concert organist, college professor, and church musician. He is currently Professor of Organ, University Organist, Chairman of the Keyboard Department and Director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music in the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. In addition, he serves as Organist & Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. Philip (Episcopal) in Atlanta where he lives with his wife, The Rev. Julia Boyd Mitchener, and their two children.
While living in Macon, he served as Organist/Choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church. In addition, he is a former organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC where he played a historic Skinner organ. Before moving to Georgia, he was an organ professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, and the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
Dr. Mitchener holds MM degrees and two Performer’s Certificates in organ and harpsichord as well as the DMA from The Eastman School of Music. He also studied in France where he obtained three diplomas while a student of Marie-Claire Alain. He was a top prize-winner in the Dublin International Organ Competition and has performed throughout Europe and Asia and in the USA for national and regional conventions of the AGO, OHS, MTNA, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the Association of Anglican Musicians. His recordings are available on the Raven label and he is represented by Penny Lorenz Concert Artists.
Jack Mitchener is Dean of the Atlanta chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He also has served as Dean of the Winston-Salem chapter, executive board member of the Cleveland and Rochester chapters and as a member of the National Committee on Professional Education. He also served for several years as President of the Board of Trustees of the Moravian Music Foundation.
David Fishburn, Organist Emeritus
David Fishburn served as the Cathedral's associate organist-choirmaster 1986-2018, and was made Organist Emeritus by the Cathedral Chapter upon his retirement in August 2018. He previously served other parishes in Atlanta, as well as in Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, and completed additional organ study with Dr. Robert Clippinger in Harrisburg. He has performed with the cathedral choirs in Washington, DC, San Antonio, New York City, Los Angeles, and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as in England at Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals in York, Coventry, and Winchester, and at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.
Brenda Pruitt, Allegro/Musikgarten Choirmaster
Brenda Pruitt has spent a lifetime immersed in music. She began singing as soon as she talked, and has played piano since childhood. She also plays organ and guitar, and is a staff singer at the Cathedral. Brenda received music scholarships to Furman University where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy and to Florida State University where she received a Master of Music degree in music therapy. She worked with children and adults as a music therapist for twenty years before moving to the field of arts education and management with local performing arts organizations including The Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Brenda has worked extensively with children in music programs such as Kindermusik, Musikgarten, and the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). She directed the children’s choir program for five years at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, and has served on the staffs of a number of RSCM summer training courses, including seven years as a course manager. She has been leading the Cathedral’s Allegro/Musikgarten programs and assisting with Choristers since 2010, and she is licensed in all levels of the Musikgarten early childhood music and movement curriculum. Brenda is an active participant in the Atlanta choral scene having performed for many seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, The Atlanta Opera Chorus, The Atlanta Singers, the Temple Sinai Choir and the adult choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip.