As Director of Music, Joel oversees all music at St. Thomas at all liturgies, as well as choral and instrumental conducting, and organ playing. In coordination with the Rector and Associate Rector, Joel works to establish appropriate music and liturgical ethos for each of our unique worship offerings, including Sunday morning Eucharists, Choral Evensong, Sacred Space, Taizé, and special events and other liturgies. Joel also develops the parish choirs, defining the composition and purpose of each choir, regularly recruiting choir members for children, youth, and adult choirs, and teaching choir members new elements to enhance their musical understanding. Finally, Joel is the organist for the parish. He plays the organ or piano for all liturgies and rehearsals done at St. Thomas.
“St. Thomas is a wonderful and unique place. The architecture is lovely, as is the location next to Trail Creek looking at Baldy. But, the warm and generous parishioners and staff God has blessed this parish with is what keeps me here year after year. I have the privilege of working with some of the most caring people I know on the most wonderful music. I believe this is all brought forth by the deep spirituality of the people here.”