Director of Music, Organist,
and Master of the Choir...
Now in the second decade of his return to the position, it is with great joy that we continue to have Dr. Huw Lewis as Director of Music, Organist and Master of the Choir at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Detroit. After serving as the interim at St. John’s from September through December of 2004, Fr. Steven J. Kelly, SSC
, Rector of St. John’s offered the position on a permanent basis. This is Dr. Lewis’ second tenure at St. John’s, having served in the same capacity from 1974 to 1990.
Dr. Lewis commutes from the western side of the state, where he continues to teach at Hope College
. Upon Dr. Lewis’ acceptance of the offer to return, the Rector commented, "We are grateful that he feels that the position here is worth the mileage he puts on his car each week!"
If you have not already read about his many accomplishments, below is some background information from his biography on Dr. Lewis’ page at Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists
. Having caused at the time a ‘buzz’ in the local music community, it is considered a real coup for St. John’s to have had Huw return to his church home in Detroit.*
From his biography...
“Huw Lewis received formal training at the Royal College of Music
in London and at Cambridge University
and was awarded teaching and performing diplomas from the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music as well as both diplomas of the Royal College of Organists. He received scholarships and fellowships at Cambridge University and the University of Michigan
. In 1972, he came to the United States to study at the University of Michigan, earning Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance as a student of Robert Clark, Robert Glasgow
, and Marilyn Mason
His extensive performing career has taken him across the United States, and to Britain, Europe, and Russia. He has performed at numerous national and regional conventions of many professional organizations, including the Hymn Society of America
, the Organ Historical Society
, and the American Guild of Organists
. Dr. Lewis was a featured soloist at the 1987 International Congress of Organists, and served on the panel of jurors of the 2003 Dallas International Organ Competition and the 2016 Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Indiana.
His playing has been broadcast over the radio and television in Europe, Britain, and the U.S. Huw Lewis has appeared as a soloist many times with orchestra and has participated in the world premieres of concertos by Alfred Fedak
and Michael Daugherty
. His performance of the Fedak concerto with the Grand Rapids Symphony in May 2016 helped to inaugurate the new Casavant organ at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
at Hope College.”
You may read Dr. Lewis’ complete biography
at Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists
*Portions edited from The Eagle, January 2005