Canon Dr. Michael Velting
Canon for Music
Michael Velting is Canon for Music at Christ Church Cathedral, where he has been organist and choirmaster since 1994. Canon Velting serves as principal organist, director of Cathedral choirs and and administrator of the music program at the Cathedral. Prior to assuming this position he was assistant organist and choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral and adjunct professor of Organ at the American University in Washington, D.C.
He holds both a master’s degree and doctorate in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, in the class of David Craighead. From 1982 to 1986, he lived in Paris, France, where he studied organ with Daniel Roth and won the Prix de Virtuosité in the class of Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire National de Région, in Rueil-Malmaison. While there, he also served as organist of the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity from 1984 to 1986.
Dr. Velting has performed in Germany, England, Canada, Switzerland, and France, as well as throughout the United States. He was instrumental in the design of the Lively-Fulcher organ for Christ Church Cathedral, where he directs the Cathedral Choir, the Parish Choir and the Senior Choristers and administers the Cathedral music program. He is a member of both the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. He has served on the executive board of the Young Organist’s Cooperative and is a former dean of the Nashville chapter of the AGO. He has twice served as a judge for AGO organ competitions. He was chair of the Committee on Performances for the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, held in Nashville. He was recently awarded an Outstanding Teacher award by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.
Assistant Organist and Choirmaster
Michael Gebhart is the newly appointed Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral. Before coming to Nashville, Michael served as Organist and Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of All Saints in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 2011 to 2013, Michael held the organ scholarship at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, where he assisted in all aspects of the music program and accompanied the Choir of Men and Boys, Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and Christ Church Singers in several services each week.
Michael holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ with Janette Fishell and Christopher Young and Sacred Music with Bruce Neswick. At Indiana University Michael earned a minor in Early Music, with a concentration in harpsichord performance, and was an active singer within the University’s Historical Performance Institute. In his final year, Michael received the Austin B. Caswell Award, given annually for the best musicology paper written by an undergraduate, for his paper on the Masses of the early sixteenth-century English composer, Robert Fayrfax. Michael is the winner of the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, held annually in Wethersfield, Connecticut and the 2013 Schoenstein Competition in the Art of Accompaniment, held at Indiana University.