Ruaraidh Sutherland is an experienced choirmaster with sixteen years of professional experience, from leading beginners to seasoned professionals. He previously worked at Christ Church in Rye, NY as organist and choirmaster, raising the quality of the choir to inspire and lead the congregation in worship. Ruaraidh has experience directing traditional Episcopal music program, growing various choirs in both discipleship and musicianship, and leading large, innovative fundraising events (fundraising events included Cabaret evenings, a sponsored Hymnathon, and a chili cook-off followed by a silent movie).
Highlights of his tenure included visits by Katherine Dienes-Williams to work with the choir, and in 2018 leading a choir tour of the UK where they drew praise for the quality of their tone.
In addition, Ruaraidh is an experienced organist, both in church and concert hall (although nothing thrills quite as much as accompanying a psalm or leading rousing hymn singing!) and has developed further classroom and pastoral skills while working in the UK Public School sector.
We are thrilled to have him join us as Director of Music Ministry!