TODD BECKHAM, artistic director, has performed as a singer, harpsichordist, organist and conductor in the United States and Europe, with Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Alamire, Arcadia Players, Seraphim Singers, and with Wren Music in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has also performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, First Night Boston, for the Society for Historically Informed Performances (SoHIP), and at the Bruges International Competition in Belgium with the period instrument quartet, Ensemble Kammerton.
As a member of Capella Alamire under director Peter Urquhart, he has recorded the sacred music of Josquin Des Prez, Antoine Busnois and Nicholas Gombert for the Titanic and Dorian labels.
At the Dartington Festival in Devon, England, Mr. Beckham was chosen to participate in vocal master classes led by Dame Emma Kirkby and was one of four countertenors cast in the modern première of the first opera written in English, Grabu’s Albion and Albanius, under the direction of Anthony Rooley. For four consecutive seasons, he was chosen to perform with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and Choral Workshop at New York City’s Carnegie Hall under conductors Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, James Conlon and André Previn. As a member of the vocal ensemble Nightsong he sings with Beneficia Lucis, the men's schola, for compline services at the First Congregational Church in Cambridge, MA.
Mr. Beckham serves as the organist-choirmaster at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Falmouth, Massachusetts where he conducts two choirs: the semi-professional Canterbury choir for Sunday morning, occasional evening services as well as special concerts, and the Compline Schola, a choir that specializes in plainsong. He is harpsichord tutor in early music for Mather House at Harvard University; and has previously served as the organist and music minister for the Episcopal Church chaplaincy at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel and as a music instructor at Milton Academy. He became the director of the Meridian Singers in September 2008.
Todd Beckham attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and studied choral conducting at Boston University with Ann Howard Jones which included master classes with Robert Shaw. From 1989 to 1997 he was employed by the MIT Press Journals Department, which allowed him, through the Tuition Assistance Program, to study early music vocal techniques and repertoire at the Longy School of Music with mezzo-soprano Laurie Monahan and countertenor Michael Collver.
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