Voting Open for Executive Board, Class of 2022
RICHARD L. ALLEN, DMA, serves as organist and adult choir director at Saint Francis of Assisi RC Church in Baltimore. Previously he served four churches full time in Michigan, Ohio, Delaware and Maryland. At three of these churches he was responsible for the installation of two Casavant organs and one Austin organ. At 15, Allen began organ studies with Alexander McCurdy and other teachers have included Robert Clark and MarilynMason. He holds both a bachelor and master’s degree from the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and an MA from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, and a DMA from the U. ofMichigan, Ann Arbor. Active in the AGO, Richard has served as Dean of the Toledo, Ohio, Delaware (2 times), and Baltimore chapters. He was chairman twice for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conventions held in Wilmington, sponsored by the Delaware Chapter. For a number of years he taught at the summer music conferences at Michigan State and the Alfred Music Conference at Alfred University in New York. He was active with the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Guild as a national officer and chairman of their music committee which had the responsibility of soliciting and printing new music. He also served as chairman of Area III and Area V of the AGEHR.
KEVIN CALLAHAN, 24, is an organist in the Baltimore area. A graduate of Archbishop Curley, Kevin first began studying organ under Michael Gaffney. After high school, he remained close to home and enrolled in Towson University. He studied under Tim Murphy for his undergraduate degree in Organ Performance, graduating in 2017. While studying at Towson, he performed with ensembles such as the Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Chorale, Men’s Chorus, and Early Music Ensemble. In 2015 Kevin won the TU Talent Competition and was chosen as recipient of the award and scholarship for the keyboard division. In his senior year, Kevin was awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society and attended their 2017 convention inMinneapolis-St. Paul on scholarship. In his post-graduate career, he previously served as organist and choirmaster at St. Charles Borromeo in Pikesville, and is currently serving as the organist and choirmaster at St. Michael the Archangel in Overlea. In addition to playing the organ, Kevin works full time as an apprentice under Karl Myers at Myers Pipe Organ Service, Inc., a position he has held since 2014.
CHARLES CORSON is a native of Baltimore where he studied piano from age 8 and played his first church service at age 13. He graduated with a piano degree from Peabody and studied organ with Dr. Clarence Snyder. He also studied organ locally with Forrest Barrett, Dr. Gordon Betenbaugh and Bruce Eicher. While earning his BSEE at Lafayette College, he was designated as the “College Church Organist.” Charlie has played for church services at over 50 churches in the Baltimore region plus services in eight other mid-Atlantic states which has provided a broad awareness of different approaches to worship. He has attended many workshops and conferences on music and worship development. He has played on several of the world’s largest pipe organs including the Mormon Tabernacle andWest Point Cadet Chapel. He has recorded over 13 hours of organ on an organ with over 120 ranks. Mr. Corson was organist, choir director, bell director and praise team leader at his last position for 17 years and included annual cantatas. He often included youth instrumentalists. He has built his own home organ and expanded several organs where he has worked. Mr. Corson worked for 30 years for Westinghouse where he was an Advisory Engineer, Program Manager and Engineering Manager. He was previously on our Board of Directors and was Placement Director years ago. As a Baltimore AGO member for a long time, I am anxious to help broaden our programs to include new development activities for all our members.
JORDAN PRESCOTT, heralded by The Baltimore Sun as a “rising organ star,” Jordan Prescott has established himself as one of the leading organists, church musicians, and directors of his generation. A native of Greenville, NC, Jordan holds a bachelor of music in Organ and SacredMusic from East Carolina University. While at East Carolina, Jordan spent two years as Organ Scholar of Duke University Chapel in Durham. He is now pursuing a master of music in Organ Performance at the Peabody Conservatory where he is privileged to study with John Walker. Jordan formerly studied with Andrew Scanlon and Christopher Jacobson. In 2018 Jordan won first prize in the 16th International Organ.
FRANCIS X. RITTERMANN is music director emeritus of Christ Episcopal Church (Columbia) where he was directly responsible for development of a vibrant music ministry as organist and choral director of both adult and children’s choirs for the past six years before retiring in 2018. He has been a lifelong church musician, having previously served at St. Mark’s RCC (Catonsville), Milford Mill UMC (Pikesville), Linthicum UMC (Linthicum) and Glora Dei Lutheran Church (Severna Park). Since retiring, Francis remains active in church music activities in the Baltimore area as a freelance musician and currently participated with Baltimore Choral Arts.
Francis earned a BS degree in music education from Towson College, studying voice with Jerry Phillips. While attending Towson, he studied piano and organ privately with Forrest Barrett. Upon graduation from Towson, he taught choral music in the Baltimore County Public Schools for several years while taking postgraduate accounting courses at Loyola College. He earned a master’s degree in public accountancy and became a CPA in 1985, launching a career in finance and accounting until retirement in 2018. During an eleven-year period during his career, he was president and CEO of a national giftware distributor headquartered in Columbia, MD. Francis has participated in other musical activities throughout his career, having sung with the Charlestown Chorale for a number of years under the direction of Ron Gretz and Virginia Reinecke as well as collaborating with Frances Dawson and the Columbia Pro Cantare as singer and accompanist. He also is part president of the Catonsville Concert Association.
He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
AGO Members – While participating in the “Dynamic Duos of the AGO” program several years ago, I have not played an ongoing active role in the organization (outside of being a member for many years). . . I would very much like to get more involved now that I can devote some time and energy. Thank you for your consideration.