Music Staff

Kirk RichKirk Michael Rich
Director of Music 

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Kirk Michael Rich is the Director of Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. A native of Kentucky, Kirk has served as a liturgical organist for over two decades. He holds degrees in organ performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a doctorate from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Additional study has been with Francesco Cera in Italy and Ludger Lohmann in Germany. Kirk has performed in England, France, Italy, and across the U.S. in venues such as St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue (New York City), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), and three national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Most recently, he served as organist for the RSCM America National Choir residency at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, under the direction of Bruce Neswick. Kirk’s performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Pipedreams program.

At All Saints’, Kirk oversees every aspect of the music program. He directs the Adult Choir comprised of approximately forty singers, shares in the organ-playing responsibilities with the associate director of music, and manages a concert series. Additionally, Kirk oversees the maintenance and care of the Kenan Memorial Organ, Buzard, Op. 29. Before coming to All Saints’, Kirk served as Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston, where he directed a chamber choir of adults and treble choristers using the Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life! curriculum. From 2014-2017 he served as Organist-Choirmaster for the High Holidays at Congregation Beth Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in Houston. Kirk is married to violist Laura Reksc-Rich. They are the proud parents of Gatsby, a rescued Pomeranian.

Giles Brightwell
Associate Director of Music

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Giles was born and raised in England and holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Durham, the city in which he served as organ scholar at the cathedral for three years. He has served as an organist and music director on both sides of the Atlantic, including at Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge University, and parishes in England, Washington DC, Rhode Island, and Houston, TX. In Houston, he served as Music Director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School for five years, directing the parish choir, establishing a choral scholar program and instigating the Moseley Memorial Music Series, a self-financing program that celebrated over fifty concerts in four years.

Karol KimmellKarol Kimmell
Director of Youth and Children’s Music

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Karol has served as the Director of Youth and Children’s Music at All Saints’ since 1998, planning for and directing choral and handbell choirs for children in PreKindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to working at All Saints’, Karol serves on the faculty and is co-director of the Choristers Guild Institute, a 3-year summer certification program for children’s choir directors, held at Wingate University in Wingate, NC. She also co-directs and serves as a clinician for Music Week at Lutheridge in Arden, NC, a summer music and worship conference for church musicians throughout the South. Recently Karol presented at the National Conference for Sacred Music, Naples, FL, directed the Festival Youth Choir at First Plymouth’s Abendmusic Choral Festival, Lincoln, NE, and taught at Shenandoah University’s Summer Church Music Institute, Winchester VA, and led children’s choir festivals in Los Angeles, CA, Richmond, VA, Hickory, NC, and Fort Wayne, IN . Previously, Karol served as an organist, choir director, and pre-school music teacher in NC, SC, and GA in Lutheran, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations and directed the Elementary Choruses at Atlanta’s Paideia School (8 years). Her articles, anthem studies, and hymn arrangements appear in Choristers Guild’s The Chorister and Augsburg Fortress’s Sundays and Seasons and internet resource Prelude. She has served as a choral clinician for church camps (Bonclarken, Mable Boyter Choir Camp, Masannetta Springs, Lutheridge) and regional and state choral festivals (May 2009 Sixth Grade North Carolina All State Chorus), and presented workshops for Georgia ACDA, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Atlanta Choristers Guild, Emory University’s Masters of Scared Music degree program, and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Karol attended Wittenberg University and Lenoir-Rhyne University, receiving her Bachelor in Music Education (organ) from Lenoir-Rhyne. She is certified in Orff Schulwerk, Kindermusic, Musikgarten, studied voice at NYC’s Mannes School of Music, and sang with the Riverside Church Choir in NYC. Karol is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and Choristers Guild.

Terry Kinton
Youth and Children’s Music Accompanist

Terry Kinton graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington, with a piano performance degree and holds a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed Associate Professional Counselor, specializing in Child and Adolescent Therapy, having practiced in Atlanta, Decatur, Woodstock, and Marietta. Terry served as a staff accompanist and vocal coach at Shorter College, 2006 – 2011, accompanying private lessons, rehearsals, classes, student and faculty recitals, competitions, and shows. While at Shorter she served as Director of Chapel Music (coordinating student-led worship and special music). Terry has also served at churches in Georgia, Vermont, and Texas as Music Director and Creative Arts Director. Many of Terry’s private piano students have successfully competed and won solo piano competitions. Terry joined the All Saints’ Youth and Children’s Choir program in October 2013.

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