Judith Brown is a graduate with a Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary, School of Sacred Music, New York City, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., where she majored in organ and choral directing. A student of Alec Wyton, John Weaver and Robert Shaw, she has served as Assistant Organist at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, and St. James Episcopal Church, Manhattan.
She also recently finished her 25th year as Minister of Music at The Larchmont Avenue Church, Larchmont, New York, where she was organist and director of five choirs. A moving, founding force behind the oratorio ensemble, The Festival Choir and Orchestra, she was its director for 24 years where she performed with 60 voices and an orchestra of 20 the great works of choral literature such as the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Faure, Lauridsen and Durufle and masses of Beethoven, Haydn, Bach, to name a few. She also served as Director of a Westchester-based musical therapy group, The Soundettes, taught private organ and piano lessons and was the Organist and Choir Director at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, New York for 18 years.
Currently Ms. Brown is the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Maryland and teaches piano, organ and beginning voice privately. She also enjoys accompanying and conducting yearly choral workshops and clinics with her colleague, Patricia Kelby. She, like Pat, moved to Cumberland in October 2005 through an introduction to the area by the Allegany Arts Council and is thrilled to be a resident of this renaissance region.