St. Gregory’s Brings Wycliffe Gordon, Laurel Massé, American Spiritual Ensemble, Eugene Friesen to Boca Raton

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One year in, Director of Music Ministry Tim Brumfield raises the bar at St. Gregory’s.

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church will bring internationally-renowned musical acts to downtown Boca Raton as part of its 2015-16 Concert Series, an annual series providing world-class performances for South Florida. Jazz icon Wycliffe Gordon lights up the St. Gregory’s sanctuary in January 2016, with Manhattan Transfer founding member Laurel Massé bringing her cabaret-style act in March.

The acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey, will perform its wide-ranging repertoire in April. St. Gregory’s is also proud to welcome four-time Grammy Award winning cellist Eugene Friesen to the sanctuary in February, with guest vocalist Theresa Thomason.

“This is the best concert series line-up yet,” said Timothy Brumfield, Director of Music Ministry at St. Gregory’s. “These artists have performed at the finest concert halls across America and around the world—and we are proud to be bringing them to our beautiful sanctuary.”

The series also features an Oct. 25, 2015, organ performance of “Phantom of the Opera” by Brumfield and A St. Gregory’s Christmas Dec. 12, 2015, featuring Brumfield and the St. Gregory’s Choir. Brumfield said he chose a wide-ranging variety of musical talent for the concert series to appeal to as many South Floridians as possible.

“St. Gregory’s is becoming a cultural hub in Boca Raton, and we hope to draw people from all over South Florida,” Brumfield said. “Through our Concert Series, we want to gather the community together to celebrate the musical arts.”

Brumfield, considered one of the world’s finest organ improvisers, took over as director of music ministry, organist and choirmaster at St. Gregory’s in 2014. He served previously as cathedral organist at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and he has been a member of the Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort since 1998. Brumfield received the distinguished award of Honorary Fellow from the National College of Music in London and serves on the board of directors of The National Chorale.

One year into his new role at St. Gregory’s, Brumfield has elevated the church’s music program with his expertise and dedication to making the Concert Series a community-wide event, says Rev. Andrew Sherman, rector of St. Gregory’s. “Tim has raised the bar beyond our expectations,” Fr. Andrew said. “He has a vision of making St. Gregory’s the go-to place for great music, and his vision is becoming a reality.”

For more information about the St. Gregory’s 2015-16 Concert Series, contact Stephanie Anderson, communication/media coordinator, at 561-395-8285 or sanderson(at)st-gregorys(dot)com or visit

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