As Music Director at St Andrews, John Spring has expanded our choir and their voices. The music library has been updated and expanded. The congregation is enjoying the diverse collection of hymns and anthems.
Before becoming the music director at St. Andrew’s, John was the music director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, NH. He studied music education at UNH, and conducting and voice with Dr. Perkins at PSU. He has been playing trumpet since he was ten years old, and has studied with Dan Nolan, and Dr. James West. As well as soloing on trumpet and voice in many area churches, he has sung with many small and large vocal ensembles including the NH Master Chorale, the Manchester Choral Society, Granite State Opera, Amare Cantare, The Ogontz music festival under the direction of Sir David Willcocks, and Madrigale. He has travelled to Vietnam to sing with the Vietnamese National Opera, and to Peru on a trip to promote the building of a school and medical clinic through music and outreach at many small villages in the coffee producing mountains of Peru. He was the conductor of the Concord Community Chorus for a Christmas concert with Judy Collins. John is currently looking forward to retiring from the US Postal Service after 35 years to devote more time to his passion for music.
Organist R.P. Hale is a multi-generational interdisciplinary visual artist, craftsman, photographer, musician, instrument builder and astronomer. Born in Tucson, AZ, he took his degrees in organic chemistry at the University of Arizona and taught scientific illustration/photography there for five years. He moved to Concord NH in 1981. He is a noted master-calligrapher and illustrator, wood engraver, printmaker and Letterpress printer, builds harpsichords, clavichords and hammer-dulcimers and is a concert artiston those instruments. His main musical interests are in early music in general, with an emphasis in Mexican pre-Invasion through the Mexican Baroque, and engaged in on-running research in that field.
He is involved in solar astronomy and archaeo-astronomy (Maya and Aztec cultures, languages, calendars and astronomy), speaks several languages including the Aztec Náhuatl, is currently head of education at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and teaches astronomy at St. Paul’s School in Concord NH,, where he is also assistant Chapel organist, calligrapher and wood-carver. His primary directions in the arts are calligraphy, medical illustration, and wood engraving, in which his Mexican family has several generations. Hale has his work in museums and sites including the Smithsonian, Wood Engravers Triennial, the White House and Vatican collections. He teaches these arts nationwide in master-classes and through apprenticeships. He and his wife Alice Pickett are cultural reenactors of the 1740s, working with museums and historic sites throughout New England. Since 2003, he has happily been organist for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, NH.