Dale Adelmann, PhD, FRSCM
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 his a longtime member of the external advisory board of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University , and he served on the board of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music throughout its existence. 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" was sung during a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio. He has conducted the première performances of choral works by Sir David Willcocks, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Craig Phillips, Gerald Near, Bruce Neswick, Roland Martin, and Bennett Zon.
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 in 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.
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.
We are delighted to announce that Caroline Robinson has accepted the Cathedral’s call to become our next associate organist-choirmaster! Her principal duties will be to oversee our Cathedral Chorister program, to share organ playing responsibilities for some 250 services annually (approximately 150 of which necessitate accompanying the Cathedral choirs), and to assist broadly in the many facets of the Cathedral’s music ministry.
Caroline Robinson is finishing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ and the Advanced Teaching Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy this spring at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she served as organ scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, and was an integral part of the leadership team for its thriving Chorister program. She also studied for a year at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Toulouse, France. In 2018 she was Second Prize Winner in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, which is held biannually during the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. As an organ recitalist she is well known and respected, and several of her performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated show Pipedreams. Caroline is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and Cathedral members will be interested to know that she played her first pre-Evensong recital here when she was just a college freshman. Much more information about her, and excerpts of her organ performances, may be found at carolinerobinson.net
Caroline was selected following a thorough national search, begun last October following the departure of Patrick Scott to become Director of Music at Grace-St. Luke’s in Memphis. Canon for Music Dale Adelmann and a wonderful Music Search Advisory Committee (Brent Rosengren, chair; Bryant Bateman; Dorsey DeLong; Haven Long; and Cy Philpott) vetted a large pool of extremely well qualified applicants and reached the unanimous decision to call Caroline following her impressive interview and audition here last month. We very much look forward to welcoming her to the Cathedral of St. Philip beginning July 15, 2020!
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, and in England at Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, and the cathedrals in Canterbury, York, Coventry, Salisbury, and Winchester, as well as at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.
Director of the Allegro/Musikgarten program
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.