Guest Conductors

Christina Scott Edelen

Hailed as a “superb harpsichordist” by the Kansas City Star, Christina Scott Edelen brings a depth of experience, knowledge, and virtuosity to keyboard performance and teaching.  On organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano, Christina has performed as soloist and in numerous ensembles, concert series and festivals, including the Early Music Festivals of Bloomington, Berkeley, and Boston, and  the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.  She studied at the Indiana University Early Music Institute and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and was a finalist at the Bodky International Competition. Christina is a popular teacher and lecturer, and has served on the faculties of Baylor University and the University of Houston. She holds a PhD in 17th century English Musical philosophy, and has published articles in both the US and Sweden. Recordings include An Early Keyboard Sampler, Early English Organ Concertos, and the Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord by Boismortier. Before recently moving to Maine, Christina was organist and choirmaster at the Anglican Church in The Hague, the Netherlands.

For more on Christina, visit her website.

Christian Clough

Christian M. Clough, B.A., M.M., M.A.R., has been active as a choral conductor, singer and keyboardist for over three decades. He holds the Master of Music degree, with a double concentration in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting, from the Yale University School of Music, where his conducting teacher was Marguerite Brooks. The primary focus of his work has been in the church, where, in addition to the typical weekly duties of an organist and conductor, he has also led choirs in cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Pachelbel; various large-scale Renaissance polychoral compositions; the Requiem masses of Fauré and Duruflé; and choral masses by composers as diverse as Palestrina, Handel, Rheinberger, Pärt, and Jonathan Dove—the North American, and worldwide liturgical, premiere of whose Koethener Messe, based on themes from works by JS Bach, he conducted in 2006. Outside his church work, Christian has experience with community choral ensembles and musical theater. He was a conducting fellow of the late Sir David Willcocks at the Ogontz Festival, summer 1996.

Christian began piano studies at the age of 6, and organ lessons at the age of 13. After graduating from the Yale School of Music, he spent a year continuing his organ studies in London, England, and subsequently returned to Yale University Divinity School for the Master of Arts in Religion (Liturgical Studies concentration, magna cum laude, 2003). He has also studied vocal performance and organ improvisation.

In 2022, Christian was appointed Canon for Liturgy & Music for St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland, Maine, where he oversees a lively music program that includes varied offerings for the in-house congregation, and programming for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and the greater Portland community. Prior to his appointment at St. Luke’s, he served congregations in central FL; Central New York; Connecticut; Santa Barbara, CA; Washington, DC; and most recently, more than a decade at St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL.

Christian grew up in Hamilton, NY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, writing, traveling, photography, birdwatching, studying foreign languages, and the pursuit of a variety of outdoor activities. He is particularly interested in the communal life, worship, and music of the Shakers, and is associated with the still-active Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake, north of Grey, Maine. He and his husband Christopher Worthley, who grew up in Kennebunk, reside in South Portland with their rescued chocolate Cocker Spaniel, Dakota.

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Hentus Van Rooyen

Dr. Hentus van Rooyen, a native of South Africa, is the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth, ME, and teaches Organ Performance at Bowdoin College. He holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in organ performance from the University of North Texas. His other degrees in organ performance, pedagogy, and church music were completed at the University of Pretoria and University of South Africa. He studied organ performance with Jesse Eschbach and Wim Viljoen, and baroque repertoire studies with Paul Leenhouts. Before coming to Maine, Hentus served as Assistant Professor of Music, Sacred Music Coordinator and College Organist at Bethany College in Lindsborg KS. He concurrently served as the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Salina, KS.

For more on Hentus, visit his website.