Our Director – Mr. Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan was appointed Director of Chorus of Communities during the summer of 2011. A native of Iowa, he holds an undergraduate degree in Church Music from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and a Master of Music degree from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. As a young student he won first prize in numerous organ competitions and studied with several prominent organists, including André Marchal in Paris.
Since moving to New Jersey in 1978 he has served in several prestigious parish churches as Director of Music and Organist. Most notably he served for 25 years at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. During his tenure at St. Peter’s, he conducted a Choir of Men and Boys and two Parish Choirs of Men and Women, as well as assisting in the direction of The Girls Choir. The Men and Boys Choir, under his direction, toured England, Ireland and Canada on 4 separate tours, singing in residence at such Cathedrals as Norwich, Bristol, Salisbury and Canterbury. The Parish Choir of Men and Women drew attention for performances of great choral works such as Bach’s b minor Mass, Brahms’ Requiem and works of Benjamin Britten. Following his tenure at St. Peter's, he served as Director of Music and Organist at St. James' Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair for nearly 6 years, conducting The Adult Choir and The Hand Bell Choir and developing a children's music program.
Mr. Morgan is currently employed at St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville where he conducts the Choir of Men and Women of 25 members and oversees a Concert Series - Music on the Mountain. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, The Royal School of Church Music and remains an active recitalist and vocal coach.