Our new accompanist

At the start of this term, we welcomed Joseph O’Berry, who joins us for 2015/16. Joseph tells us he is thrilled to be accompanying Truro Choral Society this season and looks forward to all the joys this experience will provide.

He comes to Truro as the Cathedral organ scholar, having completed one year at Blackburn Cathedral as organ scholar. Whilst there he played an active role in the administration of the music department and wider Cathedral community, playing four services a week and assisting in the Cathedral’s Music Outreach Project “Sing Together”.

A native of Georgia, USA, Joseph was Director of Music at Holy Trinity Parish Church in Atlanta, where he oversaw a comprehensive RSCM-based music programme for adults, youth and children. In Atlanta he was appointed Chapel Organist for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he played for Eucharist services and was Collaborative Artist in Residence for the Candler Chorale.

From 2009-12 Joseph read Organ Performance, with a secondary emphasis on collaborative piano, at The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and a Colleague of the American Guild
of Organists (CAGO).

An active parishioner at the Episcopal Cathedral of St Philip, Atlanta, he sang with Cathedra Schola in their 2013 Pilgrimage to England, during which they served as Choir in Residence for two weeks consecutively at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and Canterbury Cathedral.