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While in Chicago, Scott sang for six years with St. Luke’s Choir of Men & Boys, Richard Webster,director; five years with His Majesties’ Clerkes (re-named Bella Voce), Richard Childress & Anne Heider, co-directors; and two years with Music of the Baroque, Thomas Wickman, Director. 

In 1991, Scott took up a dual post at the Wells Cathedral Music School in Somerset, England, where he taught academic music and trained the boy and girl choristers at Wells Cathedral in weekly voice lessons. He also sang as a soloist and regular member of the Wells Cathedral Choir until his return to the States in 1995. Scott has been a soloist throughout Europe and South America performing with various orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia, singing such roles as the tenor in Britten’s War Requiem and the Evangelist roles in Bach’s St.Matthew and St. John Passions. 

Scott has been the Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys since 2001. He is also on the music faculty at Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin University, Director of the Chancel Choir of Mayflower Congregational Church. Scott and his wife Jane reside in Cascade. Their three adult sons, Ryan, James and Christopher, are former RSCM choristers. 

Matthew Owens is Founder and Music Director of The Ulster Consort, Northern Ireland’s newest professional vocal and instrumental ensemble; Conductor of the Belfast City Chorus; and Associate Director of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys in Michigan, USA. Previously, he was the director of music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh and Wells Cathedral, UK. Under his leadership, Wells Cathedral Choir was named by an international jury for Gramophone as the best choir in the world with children, and the sixth greatest overall. From 2019-2022 he was Director of Music of Belfast Cathedral where he re-established the choir as a professional adult ensemble. Winning international acclaim for its work: “it could well be the finest all-adult standing choir of its kind anywhere, with near-perfect vowel harmony, blend, enunciation, nuanced awareness of phrase and an exceptional, bright and pure soprano group.” (Gramophone).

He has guest conducted, among others, the London Mozart Players, English Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, Scottish Ensemble, Nash Ensemble, Brook Street Band and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. As a conductor he has made over 30 CDs with major labels, and now records exclusively for the award-winning label, Resonus Classics. He has directed choral workshops and summer schools throughout the UK and abroad – including Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong. Kenya, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and the USA.

Matthew has championed new music particularly of British composers, conducting over 200 world premieres, including works by leading composers ranging from John Rutter to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Jools Holland to Sir James MacMillan.

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Kenneth Bos has been accompanying choirs, singers, and instrumentalists in western Michigan and around the world for the past fifty years. He is the accompanist for the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and is Director of Music at Calvin Christian Reformed Church. Dr. Bos has been the GRCMB Organ Fellow since 2001 and recently retired from the Music Department faculty at Grand Rapids Community College.
Dr. Neary was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Winchester Cathedral (1972–87) and Westminster Abbey (1988–98), is especially noted for championing contemporary church music and for his groundbreaking performances of music by Bach and Purcell. He has received numerous awards. Among them are an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Southampton, and his appointment as Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) by the Queen, in recognition of his services for choosing and directing the music at the funeral of Princess Diana.

Gwen Hendrikse has been our rehearsal accompanist since 2012. She has played the piano in many capacities over the years, including teaching and accompanying music students for recitals, auditions, performances, and competitions. She has also accompanied choirs at both her church and several schools. Sitting at the piano in the center of our rehearsal room at Community College, she acknowledges she definitely has “the best seat in the house.”

Lori Schimmelmann earned her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in music from Central Michigan University.  She is currently employed by Wyoming Public Schools as an elementary teacher. She has played saxophone in various Grand Rapids area big bands with her husband, along with singing in her church chancel choir.  She also is the adult hand-bell choir director and the children's choir director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison.  Lori's two children are both instrumentalists and her son graduated from the boys program and now sings in the men's section with GRCMB.

Jane has been involved with the Choir since 2002 when her two youngest sons became choristers. She has been the business manager for GRCMB since 2010 overseeing the financial and administrative responsibilities for the choir.