Robert Wylie Lehman, conductor, organist, and composer, has served on the staff of several distinguished churches, including the Washington National Cathedral (of which he is a Fellow), the Princeton University Chapel, and Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, New York City. For fourteen years he served as organist and choirmaster of historic Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut where, under his leadership, the choir and music program gained an international reputation for excellence. During his tenure in New Haven he taught at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and was made a Fellow of Davenport College at Yale University. He joined the staff of The Church of St. Michael & St. George in St. Louis, Missouri as Organist and Choirmaster in January of 2008.
Maintaining an active career as a performer, Dr. Lehman is featured often as a conductor and soloist in this country and abroad. His discography includes works of J.S. Bach, French Classical Noëls for Christmas, music for organ and brass, and works of nineteenth and twentieth century composers. In addition, he has recorded with the Woodley Ensemble, of which he was the founding conductor in Washington, DC, the Christ Church Choir, the Grace Cathedral (San Francisco) Choir of Men and Boys, and the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. His published compositions, of which there are over one hundred, are sung regularly in cathedrals, churches, and concert halls, and have been recorded by leading choirs around the globe. His work is heard regularly over NPR and the BBC and he has been the recipient of many awards and honors.
In addition to performance, Dr. Lehman has a passion for teaching. As a liturgical musicologist, he sits on the principal faculty of American Sarum—an international liturgical and musical movement that studies liturgy and music and traces its antecedents to the medieval use of Salisbury Cathedral. His particular area of interest is pre-Reformation English liturgy with an emphasis on the Sarum Use and the ecclesiastical music of the English Middle Ages beginning with chant and culminating in the complex polyphony of the late fifteenth-century Eton Choirbook. During the summer months, he also serves on the faculty of the Royal School of Church Music.
The Central Arkansas Chapter meets once a month, September through May, for dinner, business meeting and a concert. These meetings are a time for fellowship, to visit with old friends, to make new friends, and to enjoy the performances of world-class artists. Our recitals are free, open to the public, and made possible by the support of our members, chapter friends, and program sponsors.
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