Sunday, June 30 | 6pm Eucharist
Barbara Bruns, the daughter of United Methodist missionaries, was born and raised in Japan where she spent the first 18 years of her life. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, magna cum laude, from Augustana College, Illinois, and a Master of Music degree, with honors, from the New England Conservatory where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda honorary. She is the recipient of the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from Augustana College. Her organ studies have been with Yuko Hayashi, Harald Vogel, Arthur Poister, and Tom R. Harris. Recognized as an accomplished recitalist, accompanist, and conductor, she has concertized extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan and has performed as soloist for national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Since 1974 Ms. Bruns has served as Music Director at several Episcopal parishes including St. Stephen’s, Westborough, St. John’s, Gloucester, and St. Michael’s, Marblehead, Massachusetts and St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania. From 2000-2005, she assisted Nicholas White as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at St. Michael’s Church in New York City. She has been organ instructor at the New England Conservatory Preparatory and Continuing Education Schools and served on the national board of the “Leadership Program for Musicians” from 1996-2002. Under the batons of Donald Teeters and Nicholas White, she was Associate Conductor of The Boston Cecilia for 31 years. Currently Ms. Bruns is Minister of Music at the Parish of Christ Church in Andover, Massachusetts where she directs a multi-level choir program and oversees a concert series featuring an organ built in 2012 by the C. B. Fisk, Inc. company of Gloucester, Massachusetts.