Choir Staff

Edward E. Jones

Edward JonesEdward Elwyn Jones is the Gund University Organist and Choirmaster in the Memorial Church. A native of Wales, Mr. Jones studied music at Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College. He moved to the United States in 1998, serving firstly as Organ Scholar and then as Assistant Organist in The Memorial Church at Harvard. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. Jones was the Assistant Organist of Christ Church United Methodist on Park Avenue in New York City, while pursuing a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at The Mannes College of Music. Mr. Jones joins a long line of distinguished choirmasters including the first professor of music in the United States, John Knowles Paine; the legendary founder of the nation’s oldest carol service, Archibald T. Davison; the creator of the modern coeducational University Choir, John R. Ferris; and, the builder of the Choral Fellows program, Murray Forbes Somerville.
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Thomas Sheehan

Thomas SheehanThomas Sheehan is the newly-appointed Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster at the Memorial Church at Harvard University. Prior to this position, he served on the music staff of Saint Mark's Church in Philadelphia, PA and Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ. Tom is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received diplomas in organ and harpsichord, studying with Alan Morrison and Leon Schelhase. He received both the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, as a student of Ken Cowan. He has also studied improvisation with Matthew Glandorf, Ford Lallerstedt, and Bruce Neswick. In 2009 he was awarded first prize in both the Arthur Poister National Competition in Organ Playing and the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for the Mid-Atlantic Region (Region III). In July 2010 Tom was a performer at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, DC. He has performed as an organist throughout the United States and in Europe.

Carson P. Cooman

Carson CoomanCarson Cooman is Research Associate in Music and Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church. As a composer, Cooman has produced a catalog of hundreds of works in many forms—ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His music has been performed on all six inhabited continents and appears on over forty recordings, including seventeen complete CDs on the Naxos, Albany, Artek, Gothic, Altarus, MSR Classics, Raven, and Zimbel labels. Cooman's primary composition studies were with Bernard Rands, Judith Weir, Alan Fletcher, and James Willey, and he holds degrees from Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University. As an active concert organist, Cooman specializes in the performance of contemporary music. Over 130 new works have been composed for him by composers from around the world, and his organ performances can be heard on a number of CD recordings.
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Emma Dowd ’15

Emma DowdEmma Dowd ’15 is the Senior Choir Secretary of the Harvard University Choir. She has been a member of the University Choir since her freshman fall and a member of the Choral Fellows since her freshman spring. Outside of UChoir, she sings jazz a cappella with the Radcliffe Pitches. Emma is concentrating in Chemistry and Physics.

Joy Wang ’16

Joy Wang ’16 is the Junior Choir Secretary of the Harvard University Choir. She joined the choir in her freshman fall and Choral Fellows the following year. She is pursuing a concentration in physics and is an undergraduate fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics. When not singing in UChoir, she can be found playing violin with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and writing for the Harvard Political Review.