Music at Christ Church
Dr. Mark Brombaugh
As Co-Director of Music Ministries Mark serves as our Organist, administers our two music series, Music at Christ Church and Third Fridays at Noon, and is curator of our instruments. He has enjoyed a rewarding career as faculty member in organ, harpsichord and church music at Westminster Choir College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Illinois, and as church musician, serving United Church on the Green, New Haven, CT, for 16 years.
An active concert and master-class schedule has taken him throughout the United States, with presentations for the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and numerous colleges and churches. This past year he was featured recitalist at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and harpsichord recitalist for the Western Early Keyboard Association at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As pipe organ consultant he has guided many churches through the process of education and selection of new instruments and restoration of significant historic instruments. Formal education was acquired at Oberlin College, University of Louisville, and Yale University. Mark is Past Dean of the Tacoma Chapter, AGO, and past national secretary of the Organ Historical Society.
Mark is the featured artist on the Raven CD, The Organ Sings, a collection of the organ compositions of David Dahl, our Music Director Emeritus. It was recorded at Christ Church in the fall of 2013 on our John Brombaugh pipe organ.
The Rev. Kathryn Nichols
As Co-Director of Music Ministries Kathryn is Conductor of our 40-voice Christ Church Choir which sings music from many genres, including European/American music of the 16th through the 21st centuries, Early American, Spirituals, Gospel, and English Cathedral music. She selects our liturgical music and hymnody, drawing from vast resources across the Christian world to enhance our worship experience.
A Presbyterian minister (Presbytery of Olympia), Kathryn serves Christ Church under Episcopal/Presbyterian shared ministry agreements, and also works part-time as Hospice Chaplain with Franciscan Health System. Prior to moving to this area she served several churches in the east in both music and pastoral ministry. Formal education was acquired at University of Tennessee, Yale University and Institute of Sacred Music, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College. Over the years Ms. Nichols has led hymn festivals and presented lectures and workshops on liturgics, hymnology and church music at various churches across the U.S., Westminster Choir College, for the Hymn Society of America, Princeton Theological Seminary, and University of Wisconsin. Her published articles on church music appear in Reformed Liturgy & Music and The Hymn.