Music director, Richard webster

Richard Webster is a composer, church musician, choral conductor and organist of wide renown. He is in frequent demand for newly commissioned anthems, organ works, hymn tunes and liturgical music, and travels extensively to direct hymn festivals, choral workshops and perform organ recitals.

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His hymn arrangements for brass, percussion, organ and congregation are performed in churches and concert halls throughout the English-speaking world. The Canadian Broadcasting Company perennially features these hymns on its Easter and Christmas broadcasts. These settings have also been televised on BBC’s "Songs of Praise", the most widely viewed religious music program in the world.

A frequent organist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Webster has performed and recorded with them in works from the Saint Saëns Organ Symphony to Ives’ Fourth Symphony.

Currently the Director of Music and Organist at Boston’s historic Trinity Church on Copley Square, Mr. Webster directs the Trinity Choirs, who made their second tour of England in 2013. They returned in 2016 for residences at Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral. Much sought after as a choral clinician, Mr. Webster has led Royal School of Church Music Training Courses for boy and girl choristers in the United States and South Africa.

Mr. Webster is Organist and Choirmaster Emeritus of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL. From 1974 to 2003, he directed St. Luke’s the Choir of Men and Boys, the Girls Choir and Adult Schola and the St. Luke’s Singers in a program widely respected and emulated in the field of church music. The 1998 restoration of the celebrated 1922 Ernest M. Skinner organ at St. Luke’s was accomplished under his leadership and is dedicated in thanksgiving for his ministry.

A native of Nashville, Mr. Webster studied organ with Peter Fyfe, Karel Paukert and Wolfgang Rübsam. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Great Britain, studying the English choral tradition as Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral under John Birch.

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