Brief Bio

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charles received degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, the Folkwang Hochscule fur Musik in Essen, Germany.  He is a published composer of liturgical music and has worked with organ builders and played with symphony orchestras. He lives in Pacific Beach, San Diego with his dog Pointer, and he is Director of Music at St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

Music Director Positions

2019-present: Director of Music, St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

2017-2018: Interim organist, St. Francis Episcopal, San Francisco and St. James Episcopal, Kent, WA

2008–2017: Director of Music and Liturgical Arts, St. Thomas 
Episcopal, Medina, WA
                        Oversaw St. Thomas Chorister Program, grades 2-12

1990-2008: Director of Music, St. John's Episcopal, San Francisco
                        Started children's choir

1992-2001: Organist and Choir director, Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco

1981-1989: Organist and Choir director, Corpus Christi Church (RC), Rochester, NY 
                      Started children's choir


1982-present: published composer of liturgical hymns and anthems for choir, congregation


1987: Fulbright Scholar to Germany (organ), Folkwang Hochschule in Essen

1985: Master of Music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1984: Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, graduated with High Distinction and
            The Performer's Certificate; organ, piano, voice and harpsichord study

1978: High School Graduate, Grand Rapids Christian High


1994-2004: San Francisco Conservatory, Organ teacher, Collegiate and Preparatory Divisions

1989-present: private organ teacher and coach, including teaching beginning piano to children


1989-present: solo organ concerts in USA, Europe, and Asia

1992-2008: Organist for the San Francisco Symphony, both solo and ensemble roles

1992-present: vocal, organ, harpsichord, piano, and conducting


1992: Solo organ recording in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

2007: Vocal recording of original arrangements of American Spiritual Music

1999: Recording of Jewish liturgical music with Temple Emanu-El cantor and choir

1992-2006: Various recordings with San Francisco Symphony


Various work  on installations: Manuel Rosales, John DeCamp,
Fritz Noack, and others

2000-2008: Pipe voicer for Schoenstein Organbuilders, San Francisco

1978-1980: Apprentice for George Bozeman Organbuilders in Deerfield, NH

1985: Helped disassemble, clean, and reassemble Hill Auditorium Skinner

1989-90: Visscher and Associates, Soquel CA

1980-1984: Recital tuner for organ recitals at Eastman School of Music

1980-present: free-lance organ maintenance and tuning 

Other miscellaneous jobs

2018: Lifeguard at Downtown YMCA, Syracuse, NY

2006-2007: Staff and resident at Wilbur Hot Springs, Colusa County, CA

1987-1989: DJ/Announcer for WXXI FM 91.5, Rochester, NY Public Radio

1974-1978: Pizza delivery boy and pizza maker, Tom's Pizza, Grand Rapids, MI