Alan Murchie, organ and piano
Alan Murchie is a versatile musician whose performance schedule includes regular appearances as a solo pianist, organist, conductor, chamber musician and lecturer. Concert performances include piano and organ concerti with The Knights, a live performance on WGBH Boston with BSO cellist Owen Young, and summer festival performances at the Maverick Festival in Woodstock, NY. As a solo pianist, Alan has toured Morocco and has performed in Vienna, Berlin, Edinburgh, Venice and Florence. In 2016, Alan traveled to the UK for cathedral residencies in Edinburgh and Lichfield; organ recital venues include the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.
Alan recently graduated with the degree Master of Divinity cum laude from the Yale Divinity School, where he was Louise H. Maclean scholar. During his time in New Haven, Alan was Organist and Choirmaster at Berkeley Divinity School and Choirmaster for the Episcopal Church at Yale. In 2007, as Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Alan founded the Southport Summer Music Festival, which was noted in 2010 by the New Yorker as “an elegant new series” and recommended for its outstanding collaborating artists.
Alan's musical career began early, at age 10, when he joined the renowned St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He appeared as treble soloist on St. Thomas' 20th Century Services. He was graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, where he was named "most promising and gifted composer". His Paean for brass and woodwinds was chosen to open a concert dedicating the new Yale School of Music campus. After college, Alan returned to St. Thomas as Organ Scholar and as a member of the Choir School faculty. Alan was Organist and Choirmaster for seven years at St. James' Church, Madison Avenue and for ten years at Church of the Advent Hope, both in New York City. He is now Assistant Rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, Connecticut, and Lecturer in Music History at Fairfield University, where he also coaches chamber music.