Minister of Music
An internationally known Conductor and Organist, Mr. Graham has accepted a call to serve as Minister of Music at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church DC, beginning September 2016. Recent positions include Director of the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus, and Artist in Residence at the Takoma Park Church of Seventh Day Adventists in Takoma Park, Maryland. His musical lineage as it pertains to organ, can be traced directly back to J.S. Bach.
For several years, Graham served as Chairman for Music in Worship on the Repertoire & Standards Committee of the American Choral Director’s Association. As a Pastoral Leader, Graham holds lay-pastoral licenses from the Diocese of Washington DC. He has worked with professional and volunteer choirs, and professional recording artists. Graham served at personal request on The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde’s (Bishop of Washington DC) Liturgical Committee for Annual Convention, and led Diocesan Choral Evensong at the personal request of The Rt. Rev. John B Chane (Bishop of Washington DC – retired). Noticeably, he had the honor of playing for the 2012 Presidential Inauguration for the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Dr. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, and served as musician for the National Episcopal Church Women as part of the National Episcopal Church Convention.
With a background in installing and voicing digital organs, Mr. Graham serves as Consultant for church growth and music ministries. For years he served as the Concert Conductor for Jubilate; a non-profit choir in Annapolis, Maryland, that performs anywhere up to thirty concerts per year. He has performed numerous concerts as Organist & Pianist, and is also in high demand as a Conductor, having prepared choirs for concerts and the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, and revived the annual Messiah Concert at Trinity Episcopal – Piney Branch, which was then listed as one of the “Best performances of Handel’s Messiah in Washington D.C.” - DC Performing Arts Examiner.
Assistants to the Minister of Music
A native of Buffalo, New York, Soprano Taleesha Janine Scott earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
Among her awards and honors are 1st place Gold Medal at the National NAACP ACT-SO, Classical Vocal Competition, 1st place Gold Medal in the Western NY Regional NAACP ACT-SO Contemporary Vocal Competition, a two-time winner of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s annual Competition and runner up in the Maryland Regional “Leontyne Price Competition.”
Mrs. Scott - Richardson is married to her husband, Vincent, and is the proud mother of 9-week-old baby girl, Kailee. She and her husband own and operate a Music School in Takoma Park, The Richardson School of Music.
Mrs. Crawford-Adkins, a die-hard Steelers fan, has dedicated her career to mission-driven organizations, working in communications and building coalitions through strategic partnerships. She has worked with non-profits, associations, small businesses and government agencies in support of causes including women’s health, the LGBT community and investor education and protection. She was honored as the 2011 “Local Heroine” by the Washington Blade newspaper.
Mrs. Crawford-Adkins’ oratorio work includes Alto/Contralto solos in Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat. Her operatic work includes scenes from Carmen (Carmen), Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky) and La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto). At the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival she performed in the premiere of Children in the Mist, an opera based on the story by Stephen King which was awarded Best of the Capital Fringe from DC Theatre Scene. For the past seven years, she has been the Mezzo-Soprano soloist and Alto section leader at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, VA.
Mr. Steed is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of music in Vocal Performance. He has performed roles with several local companies including Bel Cantanti, the Bethesda Music festival, and the Aria Club of Washington. He has also sung in the Chorus of the Washington National Opera, and with the Heritage signature chorale. In addition to music, Shannon is also a stage and voice over actor.
Under the baton of Conductors, Mr. Adam S. Graham and Mr. Patrick D. McCoy, Mr. Steed was one of the professional vocalists at Trinity Episcopal – Piney Branch.
Mr. Tangredi is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelors of Music in Choral Music Education and is currently working on his masters in conducting. While at GMU, he was involved with many productions with the opera company, and was bass section leader for both mixed choirs at GMU.
Mr. Tangredi studied voice under Debby Wenner, conducting with Stan Engebretson and Lisa Billingham, and piano with Sonya Suhnhee Kim. Mr. Tangredi played first trombone in GMU’s pep band as he traveled with the team to the Final Four in 2006, he also has lead a seasonal Dixieland Jazz Band based on Long Island. Mr. Tangredi is active in many professional organizations – the American Choral Director’s Association, Virginia Music Educator’s Conference, as well as the Virginia Education Association. This is Mr. Tangredi’s sixth year at Briar Woods High School teaching choir, Band and AP Music Theory.
In 2016, Mr. Tangredi married his wife, Chrissy.
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