Dr. Anne Matlack
Choirmaster & Organist
Dr. Anne Matlack (Choirmaster & Organist) holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. Dr. Anne has served on the faculty of the Royal School of Church Music’s summer camp at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She serves on the New Jersey Board of the American Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Resources Chair for Community Choirs and President-Elect, and is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. She is active as an adjudicator and clinician. She has taught at Kean University, Lafayette College, and conducted the Yale University Freshman Chorus. Her conducting teachers have included Fenno Heath, Elmer Thomas and Earl Rivers, and workshops with Robert Shaw and Eric Ericson. She studied organ with Charles Krigbaum, Michael Schneider, and David Mulbury. She has sung in the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, and with the Yale Alumni Chorus at the Kremlin in Moscow. She is the 2003 recipient of the Arts Council of the Morris Ares’ Outstanding Professional in the Arts Award.
Dr. Matlack is also Artistic Director of the acclaimed Harmonium Choral Society, 100 singers including many music professionals, a Chamber Choir, Outreach Chorus, Student composition contest and many active collaborations in the community. Grace Church and Harmonium singers joined to serve as Choir-in Residence at Winchester Cathedral in the summer of 2015.
Chapel Choir Director
Linda Bowden – Chapel Choir Director, born in Morristown, spent her adult life teaching and educating children of all ages but her favorite age group embraces preschoolers and kindergartners.
She began her teaching career in NJ, taught in Dover as an ESL teacher, Maryland teaching grades 2 and 3, Gettysburg, PA teaching 2nd grade and later owned and operated a preschool before returning to NJ to teach in Short Hills where she retired in June after 17 years as a kindergarten teacher.
“I love singing and music of all kinds (maybe not heavy metal so much) and joined the choir to sing with Dr. Anne (and learn as much as I can from her). As a result, I fell in love with Grace Church and the people and programs it runs and supports.
I mentioned to Dr. Anne that I was going to miss working with the young children after retirement, and before I knew it, I was recruited to be the Chapel Choir Director. I love it! Together with Katie Hendrix and Chickie Monkmeier, we look forward to Fridays where we can sing and share with the eager boys and girls each week.
Besides trying to see my 10 grandchildren as often as possible, I split my time between Madison and Gettysburg tutoring, doing Chapel Choir, reading and singing lessons with Dr. Anne.”
Crary Brooks is the new Choir Librarian. A resident of Morristown and a member of Grace Church since 1989, Crary is a member of the Grace choir where she sings alto. She also sings with the Harmonium Choral Society. Crary enjoys volunteering with North Porch in Dover and has been active with both the Music Boosters and the PTO within the Morris School District. Married to Geoff for 25 years, they have four children as well as two dogs, a foster cat and a rabbit.