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Christopher Betts, organist and associate director of music, Washington National Cathedral. Betts moves from the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Tex., where he was director of music for eleven years. A native of the United Kingdom, he was an organ scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and St. Alban's Cathedral, Hertfordshire. His move to the United States was preceded by positions at Sheffield Cathedral and St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Warwick. In his role at the cathedral, Betts will assist director of music Michael McCarthy in running its busy music program and act as the cathedral's primary liturgical organist.
Isabelle Deniers, assistant professor of organ, Baylor University, effective fall 2012, following the retirement of Joyce Jones. She will head the organ program and act as director of the Midwinter Organ Conference and Summer Organ Institute. Since 2008, she has concertized widely in the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, as well as in Europe. More information is available online at Baylor, edu/music.
Jeremy Filsell, artist in residence, Washington National Cathedral, director of music at the Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C. , and lecturer in organ studies, the Catholic University of America. Filsell continues in a revised cathedral role, performing in and coordinating the organ recital series while maintaining a busy international performing schedule as a pianist and organist. He will direct the music at Epiphany and maintain its well-established weekly arts series. A graduate of Oxford University, London's Royal College of Music, and Birmingham City University (PhD), Filsell moved to the United States in 2008, relinquishing teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He has held a number of church and cathedral appointments in the United Kingdom, including a lay clerkship in the Queen's choir at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. More information is available online at Jeremyfilsell.com.
Woosug Kang, director of music, St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Ariz., effective July 1. A parish with an extensive music program, St. Philip's provides outreach through its worship services and concerts. Kang previously served positions in Manchester, Conn., New Haven, and Indianapolis. He earned a master's degree at Yale and is pursuing a doctorate at Indiana University. He has studied organ with Larry Smith, Thomas Murray, and Todd Wilson and minorad in church music with Marilyn Keiser. He has given recitals in the eastern United States and most recently returned from the United Kingdom after playing a recital at Truro Cathedral and accompanying the choir of Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, Va., at Canterbury Cathedral for its residency in July. Kang joins associate music director Jeffrey Campbell in the responsibility for the programs at St. Philip's.
Monte Maxwell, director of chapel music, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., where he recently celebrated 15 years of service. During that time, he served as senior chapel organist, founder and director of the Midshipman Symphony Orchestra, chairman of the academy music department, conductor of musical theater productions, director of the Protestant Midshipman Choir, the Catholic Midshipmen Choir, and the Protestant Chapel Chorale. He created the All Saints Day/Halloween organ concert, which draws crowds of 4,000 annually. Maxwell maintains musical oversight for 500 services annually at the academy and oversees the organ concert series. …