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Background Information

Employment History

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Brian Cheney


Calvary Music School

Artistic Director

Salt Marsh Opera Company

Assistant Conductor


Associate Musical Director

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Gordon Frost Organisation


Honorary Lecturer In Composition
Royal Holloway

University of Bolton

Royal Northern College of Music


Royal College of Music

University of Texas


Royal Northern College of Music


New York University



Royal Holloway

master's degree

classical voice

Manhattan School of Music

performing diploma

Royal College of Organists

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Director & Organist - The Anglican Singers [cached]

Simon Holt - Organist

Organist - Simon Holt is a sought-after organist in the eastern United States, and has recorded and produced several CDs. A graduate of The Royal College of Music, London, and Goldsmith's College, University of London, he was a prizewinner at The Royal College of Organists in London. His credentials include four diplomas, two in performance and two in teaching. While living and working in the UK Simon was Music Director of the Bristol Cathedral School Choral Society, the Bromsgrove Choral Society and the Birmingham University Chorus and Orchestra, with venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Bristol Cathedral. He was also Director of Music at Bristol Cathedral School.
As an organist he has performed in Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Selby Abby, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Reading Town Hall and the cathedrals of Norwich, Carlisle, Portsmouth, Wells, Canterbury, Rochester and Gloucester. Simon has toured extensively in Europe performing at St. Mark's in Venice, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame in Paris, and venues in Holland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland. He has appeared several times on British and American radio and television.
Drawn to Stonington Borough's idyllic setting, in 1999 he and his family moved to Connecticut, where he became Director of Music and Organist at Calvary Church. He founded and served as Director of Calvary Music School and was Organist and Director of The Anglican Singers. He is delighted to be back with The Anglican Singers as Organist after a five year hiatus! Simon formed Salt Marsh Opera in 2000 and is now Artistic Director and General Manager. He has been Salt Marsh Opera's music director since its inception. Simon has also served as Director of Music in School at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City,and was Head of Music and Chair of Fine Arts at Saint James Episcopal School in Hagerstown, MD. He is currently the Executive Director of the United Theatre in Westerly, RI.

Calvary Music School [cached]

CMS Director Simon Holt is committed to developing CMS into a first-rate academic music institution, encouraging its students to embrace music in a serious way. Music instruction should be pursued as not only fun, or an after-school hobby, he believes, but as a thoughtful endeavor that can significantly enrich one across several dimensions, musically, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually. Similar to ranking systems used in many sports, the ABRSM language is being used to assess and communicate ability levels. Simon believes that shifting the emphasis toward something that is more purposeful and goal-focused, rather than simply meeting each week for a lesson, can be highly motivating to certain students. He believes that encouraging students in this way can make music instruction more meaningful, and encourages both students and parents to feel a greater commitment to succeeding musically.

Students can opt to participate in the program by simply speaking with their teacher or Simon Holt or by contacting the CMS office for more information.

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Simon Holt, Calvary Music School Director - 860.535.3631 Email: The La Grua Center

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Simon Holt, Director of Calvary Music School and former Pine Point faculty, is guest conducting!

Music Director and Organist [cached]

Simon Holt - DirectorDirector - Simon Holt studied at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal College of Organists in London.From 1988 to 1999 he taught organ, conducted the Bristol Cathedral School Choral Society, Birmingham University Chorus and Orchestra, and gave organ recitals throughout the U.K including those in Westminster Abbey, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and the Royal Albert Hall.He performed several times on national UK radio and television and toured Europe widely with performances at Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur in Paris and St. Mark's in Venice.

In May 1999 Simon and his family moved to the US where he serves as Director of Music at Calvary Church in Stonington, CT, Founding Director of the Calvary Music School, Founding Director of the Stonington Choral Society and Artistic Director of the Salt Marsh Opera Company.In September 2006, Simon became the Director of Music in School at the renowned St. Thomas Choir School in New York City.

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