Music as Ministry - A Living Tradition

The Bruton Parish music program is blessed with a strong musical heritage that honors the centuries-old tradition of Anglican music and explores the rich offerings of today.
 
Bruton has musical ensembles for all ages that provide support to our liturgy. We also host more than 120 concerts throughout the year. Our Candlelight Concert series ministers to our community as well as visitors  from around the nation and the globe. These nationally recognized programs attract musicians from across the country who seek to perform in our sanctuary. 
 
The music program is under the direction of Rebecca Davy, Director of Music and Organist, and Dr. JanEl Will, Organist and Choir Director. We invite you to explore the many opportunities for children, youth, and adults to become involved in the life of our parish through music.   Soli Deo Gloria  
 
Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist
Rebecca has served Bruton Parish Church since 2004.  She oversees the music ministry, directs the choirs, and manages the Candlelight Concert series, and plays numerous organ and harpsichord concerts throughout the year. She can be reached by calling (757) 645-3431 or via emailRebecca Davy's biography
Dr. JanEl Will, Organist
JanEl has served Bruton Parish Church since 1995. She accompanies the Pelham and Chancel Choirs, shares in running the music ministry, and plays numerous organ concerts throughout the year.  She may be reached at (757) 345-2259 or via emailJanEl Will's biography
 
 

DANIEL - ORGAN SCHOLAR

Daniel Corneliussen

 

Daniel (Danny) Corneliussen, Canterbury Organist
Daniel (Danny) Corneliussen is organist for the 5:30 Sunday Canterbury Eucharist service and assists periodically with the morning worship services.  He is harpsichordist for the Governor’s Musick of Colonial Williamsburg and holds a Performer Diploma from Indiana University and a DMA from Stony Brook.
Linda Leonard, Chorister Choir Director

Linda’s career in music education spans over 45 years.  She has worn many musical “hats” as choral  conductor, musical director, soloist, choral clinician/adjudicator and professor of voice.  She has performed as soprano soloist for various choirs and churches in New Jersey as well as Europe, including performances with Shrewsbury Chorale in her home state of New Jersey. She obtained her undergraduate degree in music education from Rowan University and her Master’s degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, where after teaching in the public schools until 2003,  she eventually took a position at Shenandoah Conservatory as an adjunct professor of voice and music education supervisor. During her many years as a high school choral director in New Jersey, she was awarded and recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in the Toms River Regional School System.  Many of her private voice students have moved onto the professional stage in New York City and Los Angeles.  She has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as well as an active member of NAfME. Linda enjoys arranging choral music and still gives choral clinics in Maryland and Virginia.  She also is a choral adjudicator for “Music in the Parks”. She and her husband, James are enjoying their new home in Williamsburg. Linda can be reached via email at choristers@brutonparish.org.

 

 

 

Ceci Hughes, Joyful Noise Choir Director
Ceci Hughes is a rising sophomore at the College of William and Mary. From Harrisonburg, Virginia, Ceci learned to love singing at her school, Eastern Mennonite School. She loved how EMS combined worship with music and can’t wait to sing in a spiritual setting again. She takes vocal lessons with Dr. Ryan Fletcher and is a member of the opera workshop. Hoping to teach music to others, she is considering a minor in music with a focus on education. Ceci is excited to work with the children’s choir at Bruton Parish. She also sings with the Pelham Choir and is serving as our Choral Scholar.  Ceci can be reached via email at joyfulnoise@brutonparish.org.
 

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James S. (Jock) Darling

James S. (Jock) Darling, Choirmaster-Organist Emeritus

Jock served Bruton Parish Church for more than forty-four years. Arriving at Bruton Parish in 1961, Mr. Darling directed an active music program for all ages.  In 1971, Mr. Darling instituted the ongoing Saturday morning recitals on the 18th-century English chamber organ in The College of William and Mary’s historic Wren Chapel which are now overseen by Rebecca Davy.  Jock Darling's biography