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. A two-time student of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM), 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 principal teachers were Marguerite Brooks (Choral Conducting), and Thomas Murray (Organ). He was a conducting fellow of the late Sir David Willcocks at the Ogontz Festival, summer 1996. He spent a year of further organ study, primarily with Anne Marsden Thomas, in London, England, and later returned to Yale University Divinity School (and ISM) for the Master of Arts in Religion (Liturgical Studies concentration), which he received, magna cum laude, in 2003. He has also studied vocal performance and organ improvisation. 

The primary focus of his work has been in the Episcopal Church, where, in addition to the typical weekly duties of an organist and conductor, he has also led choirs of adults and children in cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Pachelbel; the Requiem masses of Fauré and Duruflé; and choral masses by composers as diverse as Palestrina, Handel, Josef Rheinberger, Arvo Pärt, and Jonathan Dove, the North American—and worldwide liturgical—premiere of whose Koethener Messe, based on themes from works by Johann Sebastian Bach, he conducted at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC. Outside his church work, Christian also has experience with community choral ensembles and musical theater, and as a keyboard instructor. In 2022, Christian sang in the first-ever international amateur choir sponsored by BachFest Leipzig, performing two Bach cantatas under the baton of Ton Koopman. He was appointed Canon for Liturgy & Music for St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland, Maine, beginning in August 2022, where he oversees a lively music program of varied offerings for the in-house congregation, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and the greater Portland community. Prior to his appointment at St. Luke’s, he served Episcopal congregations around the USA, most recently over a decade at St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL.

Christian grew up in Central, NY, where family, friends, and natural beauty continue to draw him back for frequent visits. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, photography, birdwatching, weaving, writing, 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.

James Kennerley

Hailed as “a great organist” displaying “phenomenal technique and sheer musicality” (Bloomberg News), James Kennerley is a multi-faceted artist, working as a conductor, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and leadership consultant. His performances are known for their illustrious flair and thrilling virtuosity, subtlety and finesse. James’ YouTube performances have enjoyed worldwide popularity and millions of views globally.  

Mr. Kennerley was appointed the Municipal Organist of Portland, Maine, in 2017, forming part of a lineage of distinctive concert organists going back to 1912. Together with the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, the Municipal Organist position is one of the most prominent and significant for the promotion of the organ, its music, and the many educational and outreach opportunities it enables. In 2020, James initiated the Backstage Pipes organ tour program, which introduces hundreds of newcomers to the pipe organ each year.

In 2023 James was named Minister of Music at the historic Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Falmouth, Maine, where he directs the choir, performs on the fine Casavant pipe organ, and continues to make the church a focus for musical performances throughout the year. Previously, he was Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Church and Choir School in Harvard Square, Cambridge MA, directing the choir of boy choristers and professional men in daily performances, regular concert tours, recordings, and broadcasts. As a part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration at St. Paul’s Choir School, James conducted a commercial recording of Faure’s Requiem and James’ own Mass for unaccompanied choir, in addition to several new choral arrangements. He authored and carried out a strategic plan to secure the future of the choir, expanding the budget, increasing enrollment, and planning for special events such as a concert tour of Italy in 2023, which included a performance in the presence of Pope Francis. James also secured the acquisition of the landmark 1863 Hook organ formerly housed in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. He rekindled performing relationships with organizations including the Boston Philharmonic and their conductor Ben Zander, and also the BSO. James also brought the choristers back to the stage of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Adès in March 2023 (garnering glowing reviews from The Boston Globe and others).

Based in Boston, James is working on ‘Improvise Your Life’, an initiative based around musical improvisation in a TED Talk style demonstrating the synergy between creativity and innovation in all realms. #ImproviseYourLife will take the form of a book, a workshop with breakout sessions, and a performance lecture; it is an enhancement tool and outreach endeavor merging business, music, leadership, innovation, and education.

Performances this season include concerts at Alice Tully Hall, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum’s MetLiveArts series, and in the Lincoln Center White Light festival. He has also given concerts at Washington National Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Princeton University, the Royal Albert Hall, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and other major venues throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Kennerley was a prizewinner at the 2008 Albert Schweitzer International Organ Competition, and a finalist at the inaugural (2013) Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. Mr. Kennerley is frequently in demand as a performer and educator in this regard, and his trademark improvisations are frequent highlight of his versatile concert programming. Mr. Kennerley made his Carnegie Hall solo début in 2016 with the celebrated ensemble the Sejong Soloists.

A recognized specialist in the realm of early music, Mr. Kennerley has collaborated with William Christie, Richard Egarr, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Monica Huggett, Julian Wachner, Gary Thor Wedow, among others. He has given solo harpsichord concerts throughout the United States and Europe to great acclaim. A longtime member of NYC-based early music ensemble, Sonnambula, Mr. Kennerley recorded virtuosic works for harpsichord by sixteenth-century English composer John Bull, released on Centaur Records. In November 2023 James performed as harpsichordist and tenor on Sonnambula’s second commercial recording. Sonnambula was ensemble in residence with the Metropolitan Museum Art for the 2018-2019 season, and recently performed at The Juilliard School and the National Gallery in Washington DC as a part of a special collaboration. He was also a member of New Vintage Baroque, a cutting-edge ensemble dedicated to the performance of early music and contemporary repertoire.

A prize-winning composer, James specializes in music for organ and choral ensembles, and in works that incorporate historic instruments. His 2012 piece Lauda novella was featured as part of the Twelfth Night Festival at Trinity Church Wall Street, and he was awarded first place in the Association of Anglican Musicians 2013 composition competition. Mr. Kennerley has led workshops for the composers of Princeton Sound Kitchen.  Mr. Kennerley made his New York orchestral conducting debut at Lincoln Center in 2009 in two performances of the contemporary operetta, The Velvet Oratorio. He was Music Director for the Virginia Best Adams Fellows at the Carmel Bach Festival in July 2016, and conductor of ground-breaking US premieres of Cuban eighteenth-century music at the Hispanic Society in New York City in May that same year. James was the guest conductor at Blue Hill Bach in Maine in July 2023 for their summer season.

Lauded as an “excellent, true-toned tenor” by New Yorker critic Alex Ross, Mr. Kennerley has performed with many groups, including the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue, TENET, and the Clarion Music Society. He has studied with David Lowe, Robert Rice, Braeden Harris, and Maureen O’Flynn, and made his BAM/Mark Morris Dance Company solo début in 2010 in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. He was a prizewinner in the 2015 New York Oratorio Society’s vocal competition held at Carnegie Hall. In December 2015, he made the world première of both playing continuo and singing the tenor solos in performances of Handel’s Messiah with Julian Wachner and the Choir and Orchestra of Trinity Church Wall Street! 

A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley was previously Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, New York City from 2013-2019. There he directed the professional choir and coordinated the church’s extensive concert series. From 2008 he held a similar position at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square. He is also part of a team of musicians at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, one of the foremost centers of Jewish music and liturgy in the world. He was Music Director of Ars Musica Chorale, an 80-voice choral society, and the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus, Ridgewood, NJ’s leading choir for young voices.

Mr. Kennerley was born in 1984 and became a chorister of Chelmsford Cathedral. He was educated at Harrow School and Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar at Jesus College. He was then appointed Organ Scholar of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he worked daily with the choir of men and boys under the direction of Malcolm Archer, and had the honour of performing in the presence of HM the Queen on several occasions. Mr. Kennerley was subsequently Associate Director of Music and Director of the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut.  

Mr. Kennerley holds degrees from Cambridge University and The Juilliard School. He has studied the organ with David Sanger, Thomas Trotter and McNeil Robinson, and harpsichord with Kenneth Weiss, Peter Sykes, and Richard Egarr. He holds the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists diploma.

For more on James, visit his website