Dear Redeemer Faithful:
It is with great joy and delight that I write to you all today announcing the appointment of Mr. Nigel Potts as the next Director of Music for Church of the Redeemer. During the last months, the Search Committee worked tirelessly and prayerfully discerning among the over eighty applicants who answered our call for resumes and recordings. Nigel's time with us over Zoom and in person demonstrated his outstanding talent as an organist and choirmaster and especially his deep affinities for music's mission at the Redeemer. Coupling these with a proven record of leading significant music programs in both Charleston and New York City as well as his affinity for the English collegiate choral tradition, the committee gave its complete support of my appointment of Nigel as our next Director of Music. The Search Committee joins me in welcoming Nigel, his wife Sarah Rose Taylor, and their two children (Sophie and Jeremy with a new baby due in February!) who will join the Redeemer sometime in mid-April.
Nigel presently serves as the Canon Organist and Master of Music at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina where he has served since 2015. There he has overseen the music programs of one of the largest Episcopal parishes in the South-East. Prior to his call to Grace Church Cathedral, Nigel served as Organist and Choirmaster of Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in New York City. There he oversaw the installation of their Schoenstein & Co. pipe organ in 2008. He received his Master of Music (Organ) from Yale University in 2002 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK during the 1990's. Nigel hails from Wellington, New Zealand. Over the course of the next weeks, you will have a chance to meet Nigel over Zoom and other media.
I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Suzy Westcott our Director of Music Search Committee Chair and the members of our committee Barbara Beal, Lucinda Doran, Cranston Gray, John Paollela, Paula Robison, Janet Ross, and Kathy Zinger. We owe them all our thanks and appreciation for almost four months of Sunday night conversations and countless hours of videos and resumes!
In Joyful Expectation,