His work with them was short-lived due to his other interests, and organist Brenda Maurice (Vanderford), directed them until the latter part of the 1970s.
Avis was succeeded by Brenda Maurice (Vanderford), who has held the post as principal organist since that time.
Brenda Vanderford, a native of Richmond, Virginia, Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia State College, and who came to St. John's as organist in 1968, assumed the combined post of organist and choirmaster in 1977.
In November of 1977, Brenda
played a recital on the Great Organ of Washington Cathedral
St. John's celebrated another "first" when she became the first organist holding a post in West Virginia to play a recital at Washington Cathedral.
Brenda's superb musicianship and credentials--degrees from Oberlin Conservatory
and Northwestern University
, a Fulbright for European organ study, and membership in the Association of Anglican Musicians--have seen the choir and choral services flourish.
has built upon the Anglican choral foundation laid by David Morton, and has carried forth so successfully that Evensongs have now become community events where people of all faiths come to hear our music.
Also, through her
leadership, the Office of Compline and the sung Easter Vigil have become a part of our worship life.
In 1993, Brenda
was honored and recognized for having given 25 years of faithful service.
Mary Ruth Boyd, an organist known and respected in the Charleston area for many years, and past Dean of the Kanawha Chapter of the American Guild of Organist, joined Brenda in 1980 as the Assistant Organist.