A native of greater New Haven, Connecticut, organist-choirmaster and composer Gabriel Rhys Simerson is the Episcopal product of a Southern Baptist father and a Greek Orthodox mother. As a singer, he has served the acclaimed choirs of St. Paul’s, K Street, St. Thomas’s, New Haven, and Old Saint Paul’s, Edinburgh, and secularly has been a member of the American University Chamber Singers and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, making a number of solo appearances domestically and on tour in Greece and Poland.
His choral works, described as “transatlantic,” “felicitous,” and “lovingly tonal,” have enjoyed annual premieres and performances in the United States, England, and Scotland, including at Wells Cathedral and Washington National Cathedral, and from Kansas City to Georgia in 2021 alone.
At age 19, he was appointed Interim Director of Music and Organist of St. Thomas’s, New Haven (a bench once occupied by Charles Ives), and as guest organist has also served All Souls Woodley Park, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Yale Divinity School, and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
He looks forward to shepherding the St. Andrew’s music program through its next chapter and working with musicians and parishioners alike to sing unto the Lord a new song!