Following an extensive search for highly qualified candidates, Church of the Holy Communion is pleased to announce that two well-respected Memphis musicians have joined our staff. I have known both of these excellent musicians as friends and colleagues for 14 years, and I am supremely fortunate to now be able to work with them as colleagues at Holy Communion. I first met Ellen Koziel at the Royal School of Church Music course in St. Louis in 1999 when she was assistant choirmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, even before I moved to Memphis. And when I arrived in Memphis, cathedral musician Jane Gamble was the first Episcopal musician to welcome me and take me to lunch. I am overjoyed to know that these very fine sacred musicians will serve our parish, and I am personally elated to be able to share music duties with them.
Dr. Jane C. Gamble, FAGO, serves as Assistant Minister of Music (organ/choral). A native Memphian, she is on the adjunct music faculty of Rhodes College, is a professional certification coach with the American Guild of Organists and maintains a private teaching studio. For the past eight years she has been organist and music associate at Christ United Methodist Church and was canon organist and choirmaster of St. Mary’s Cathedral from 2000 until 2008. She also served as organist and choirmaster of Grace-St. Luke’s Church and as interim professor of organ at the University of Memphis. A graduate of Lambuth College, Dr. Gamble holds the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Memphis. She also holds the Fellowship certificate of the American Guild of Organists and is a past dean of the Memphis chapter of the AGO. For the past number of years, Dr. Gamble has given summer organ recital tours in England and Scotland as well as on the continent in German, Switzerland, Italy and France, including a recent recital at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. At CHC, Dr. Gamble accompanies and assists with the Parish Choir, as well as sharing all the organ playing duties for the parish and for St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
Ellen Koziel, M.M. serves as Assistant Minister of Music (children’s music). She recently retired following a 32-year career as an Orff music specialist in the Memphis City Schools, teaching at Cordova Elementary and previously at Shady Grove Elementary. She was assistant choirmaster of St. Mary’s Cathedral and is formerly the music teacher of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School and assistant organist of Grace-St. Luke’s Church. Mrs. Koziel is a graduate of Radford University and holds the master of music with Orff-Schulwerk certification from the University of Memphis. She holds national board certification and endorsed trainer certification with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is presently finishing a Ph.D. in music education at the University of Memphis. She regularly teaches Orff-Schulwerk recertification classes in the summers also at the University of Memphis. At CHC, Mrs. Koziel directs our children’s choir, using the Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life training scheme.