Members

Marlon Hurst, Artistic Director
Marlon HurstMarlon Hurst has been the Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir since the fall of 2009. A native of London, Kentucky, Marlon holds a bachelor's degree in sacred music from Cumberland College (KY) (1990) where he was a student of Dr. Joe Tarry, and a master of music in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee (1992) where he studied with Dr. David Stutzenberger. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of Music at Conyers Presbyterian Church (GA). While in the Atlanta area, he sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and in 2002 was a member of the professional chorus, the Atlanta Singers. Through the Carnegie Hall Conductor's Workshop, he has sung under the baton of Helmut Rilling, André Previn and Sir Neville Marriner. Since 2003, Marlon has lived in Kentucky where he is the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington. He is also currently serving as the President of the Board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

Richard Young John Richard (Jay) Young II, ChM, MMus, Assistant Conductor
A Native of London, Kentucky who has lived in Lexington since 2004, Mr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in theory and composition from Eastern Kentucky University (2008) where he studied with Dr. Alan Beeler, and Dr. David Greenlee. While there his pursuit of early music exploration intensified studying Recorder and renaissance theory with Dr. Dan Duncan; he holds Master of Music degree in choral conducting also from EKU (2012) where he studied with Dr. Richard Waters. Further studies include Organ and Sacred Music with Dr. Schuyler Robinson, University of Kentucky. From 2010 he has held a professional engagement with Christ Church Cathedral where he sings Countertenor. He has been the Assistant Conductor of the Kentucky Bach Choir since 2012. Through various projects Jay has had the pleasure of working with Malcom Aarcher, Simon Carrington, Eph Ely, Simon Lowe, and holds regular professional correspondence with top conductors. In 2013 he formed his own professional choir, and has recently been awarded the Choirmaster certification from the American Guild of Organists of which he is an active member. Current research includes pedagogy of the boychoir, and how early keyboard technique influenced 17th century singing.

 

Richard Sowers, Founder
Richard SowersRichard Sowers is Director of Music Ministries for Williamsburg UMC in VA. He has served Southern Hills UMC, Christ Episcopal in Bowling Green and Abington Presbyterian near Philadelphia where he was conductor of Abington Symphony Orchestra. During his ten years as Director of Choral Activities at Lindsey Wilson College he was Music Director of Louisville Chorus and founder of Columbia Choral Society. He sang in 17 productions with Kentucky Opera Association, was an associate and artistic director for regional opera companies throughout the US, sang with Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Bach Society, won the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, and for 4 seasons performed the title role in “The Stephen Foster Story” in Bardstown , KY . He holds degrees from University of Louisville Music School, attended Indiana University in opera and did his doctoral studies in conducting at College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Sowers attributes his deep love of Bach to teacher-mentors Fletcher Smith, Gerhard Herz, Melvin Dickinson, Alan Harler, Julius Herford, John Alexander, John Wustman, Robert Shaw, Earl Rivers and Teri Murai.

Board of Directors

Susan Byars, President
Roberta Chase-Borgatti, Vice President
Nancy J. Vickers, Secretary
Rod Brotherton, Treasurer
Jonathan Allison
Jennifer Brock
Barbara Cain
Richard Dirksen
Mary Reed
Audrey Rooney
Dan Rowland
Meg Saunders
Richard Sowers
Ervy "Whit" Whitaker