The Music Search Committee and the Music Committee are delighted to introduce Robert August as our new Director of Music, to begin at First Church Boston, September 1, 2017. We are excited to welcome this superb choirmaster, organist, pianist and harpsichordist. What good fortune that he has chosen to share his love of music and his musicianship with us! Robert is a talented, classically trained musician with wide musical interests. He looks forward to working with our choir and volunteer singers, and with a congregation that welcomes a variety of musical genres, beautifully performed. Robert and his wife Delores, a PhD student at NEC, and two children live in Newton MA. We happily extend a warm welcome to them as well. We will officially welcome Robert on Sunday, September 10.
Robert August Bio:
Robert August is the new Director of Music at First Church, Boston. Educated in the Netherlands and the United States, Robert has an extensive background in organ performance, and a long history of conducting and teaching. He has served as organist and choral conductor at several churches in the United States and Europe and as Carillonneur at Brigham Young University. He has performed in Europe and the United States as a solo artist and accompanist, including tours and recordings with the Harvard University Choir, the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the Texas Boys Choir, the Texas Camerata, and guest appearances with the Fort Worth Symphony. While pursuing his doctoral degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, he served as Organ Scholar, and later as Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster at The Memorial Church at Harvard University. From 2000-2002 he also served as Music Tutor at Harvard’s Dunster House. In 2010 his doctoral thesis, An Old Look at Schumann’s Organ Works, was published in the United States and Europe, celebrating the composer’s 200th birthday. Robert frequently serves as adjudicator for choral and organ competitions. He often concertizes with his wife, Dolores, performing a variety of music from early to modern, including organ, piano, harpsichord, flute, piccolo and baroque flute.