Music Staff

Kirk RichDr. Kirk Michael Rich
Director of Music 

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Dr. 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.


Dr. Giles Brightwell
Associate Director of Music

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Born in London in 1970, Dr. Giles Brightwell attended Harrow School, and was educated at the University of Durham. While at Durham, he held four scholarships, which included being both a choral scholar and the organ scholar at Durham Cathedral under Dr. James Lancelot. He directed the University Chamber Choir and, with Professor Jeremy Dibble, founded the Durham University Consort of Voices.

After graduating, he was appointed University Organist and Tutor in Music at Durham. After two years as College Organist at Sidney Sussex College in the University of Cambridge, he moved to become University Organist and Director of the Chapel Choir at the University of Glasgow. While at Glasgow he spearheaded a campaign to raise $750,000 to rebuild the University’s historic Henry Willis III chapel organ, which had been played by Marcel Dupré. During 2001, he was responsible for the music at the various ceremonial occasions to celebrate the University’s 550th jubilee, which included giving the premiere of Sally Beamish’s Caprington Doubles, a fanfare commissioned for H.R.H. The Prince of Wales’s honorary degree ceremony at the University. Under Dr. Brightwell’s direction, Glasgow University Chapel Choir resumed broadcasts on BBC radio and television and an annual foreign tour. In 2002, the choir was invited to sing at the Glasgow Cathedral service in the presence of H.M. The Queen to celebrate Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee.

After posts at St Paul’s K Street, Washington DC and Immanuel on the Green in historic New Castle, Delaware, he returned to the UK in 2009 for family reasons and took up the post of Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the twelfth-century Civic and Parish Church of St Mary le Tower, Ipswich, assisting Dr. Michael Nicholas in directing the choir of men and boys in a rigorous round of weekly choral services. He also taught singing, organ and theory at Ipswich School. Between 2010 and 2013 he was a member of the Council of the Guild of Church Musicians and between 2013 and 2016 he was on the Editorial Board of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

In 2013, he emigrated to the USA to take up the post of Director of Music and Organist at St Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School, Houston, TX, where he directed the parish choir, established the choral scholar program and instigated the Moseley Memorial Music Series, a self-financing program that celebrated over 50 concerts in four years. He was principal organist, playing the Schoenstein & Co. organ for the daily school services and at the Sunday liturgies. He was a member of the Music Commission of the Diocese of Texas, acting as guest clinician and organist for Diocesan choral festivals; since 2015, he has also worked as clinician, organist and housemaster for the annual RSCM Gulf Coast Course in Houston. Since February, 2019, he has been Associate Music Director and Organist at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA where he has the privilege of working alongside Director of Music, Dr. Kirk Rich, and Director of Youth and Children’s Music Mrs. Karol Kimmell.

In addition to his work as organist, choral conductor and singer (tenor), Giles Brightwell’s academic interests include British music of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, English cathedral and church music, and institutional history. He has published articles and reviews with Ashgate Press, in the SCM Canterbury Press Dictionary of Hymnology, The Book Collector, in Notes the Journal of the Music Libraries Association of America and in the Grolier Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era. Having completed an MA in 1998, he completed a PhD in 2006, supervised by Professor Jeremy Dibble on the history of London’s Royal College of Music. He has published compositions with Encore Publications.

 


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.


Walter HuffWalter Huff
Choirmaster in Residence

 

Walter Huff is professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He was chorus master for The Atlanta Opera for twenty-eight years, preparing the chorus in more than one hundred productions, receiving critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he served for twenty-four years as Organist-Choirmaster of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Walter received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and his Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins). After serving as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, he received Tanglewood’s C. D. Jackson Master Award for Excellence, presented by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he was one of four Atlanta artists chosen for the first Loridans Arts Awards, given to Atlanta artists who have made exceptional contributions to the arts life of Atlanta over a long period of time. Walter served on the faculty at Georgia State University for four years as assistant professor, guest lecturer and conductor for the Georgia State University Choral Society.

As Choirmaster in Residence at All Saints’, Walter is present four to six times per season to rehearse the Adult Choir as they prepare the various anthems and major works for feasts such as Christmas, Easter, and All Saints Day.


Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault
Organists and Choirmasters Emeriti

 

Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault served as Organists and Choirmasters of All Saints’ from 1975 until their retirement in 2018. The Chenaults taught choral music at The Lovett School in Atlanta for 31 years, where Mr. Chenault was the Director of Fine Arts and Choral Director of the Upper School. Mrs. Chenault was Choral Director of the Middle School. Both natives of Virginia, the Chenaults completed their Bachelor of Music degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Chenault received his Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, Mr. Chenault became a Fellow in Church Music at Washington Cathedral.

Named “the World’s Premiere Duo-Organ Team” by The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the Chenaults have concertized extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in works written for two performers, the Chenaults have commissioned, arranged and premiered over sixty organ duets. They remain in demand as recitalists and recording artists.

 


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