Vox Humana is a free online editorial journal that presents current ideas, trends, and research relating to the organ by leading musicians and scholars from around the world, and is an affiliate publication of the American Guild of Organists. Our articles are published every two weeks, and integrate innovative media with engaging content centered around practical issues relating to the organ profession. The journal is independently managed by an editorial board of organists and organbuilders based around the world.
Editorial Board Christopher Holman, Editor & Founder Nicholas Capozzoli, Associate Editor Alcee Chriss III, Associate Editor Katelyn Emerson, Associate Editor Kirk Michael Rich, Associate Editor Bruce Shull, Associate Editor
Christopher Holman, Editor & Founder (Oxford), is pursuing a doctorate in historical musicology at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Choir of Exeter College and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Bach Keyboard Music and Techniques of Composition at New College. Since winning the Albert Schweitzer Competition, he has performed at major international festivals, including the Leipzig Bach Festival in Germany, the Festival international de l’orgue ancienne in Sion, Switzerland, and the Festival Internacional de Órgano y Música Antigua in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2017, he held a fellowship from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund to study and pursue research at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, and has since performed on many of the most important historic organs in the world. He has presented papers and lectured at leading international musicology conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland, and his research has been published in Early Music (with a forthcoming paper in Keyboard Perspectives). His dissertation focuses on Bach performance practice in the French Romantic Organ School and developing new methods of analyzing Welte organ rolls, and is under the supervision of Robert Quinney. He previously studied with Robert Bates at the University of Houston and Dana Robinson at the University of Illinois. For more information, please visit www.christopherholman.com.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nicholas Capozzoli, Associate Editor (Montréal), has established himself as a solo organist, collaborative artist, and scholar with great distinction and versatility. A prize-winner in several North American organ competitions, he is particularly interested in music of overlooked composers — past and present. His research focuses on music of interwar France, particularly that of Olivier Messiaen and his first wife Claire Delbos. His doctoral thesis on her life and organ music is the first study of its kind, and an excerpt was awarded Second Prize in the Dean’s Essay Competition at McGill University. He holds a Doctor of Music in Performance Studies from McGill, as well as degrees in historical performance and organ from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is currently Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Montréal, and is represented by Seven Eight Artists. For more information, please visit www.nicholascapozzoli.com.
Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and Firmin Swinnen Silver Medalist at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcee Chriss III, Associate Editor (Middletown), is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time. Dr. Chriss has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and France, and serves as the University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in organ and music theory. In October 2019, Alcee was awarded his Doctorate of Music degree from McGill University, where he studied with Hans-Ola Ericsson. His doctoral research centered around the music of Jean-Louis Florentz. He also currently serves as the Minister of Music at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Katelyn Emerson, Associate Editor (Champaign-Urbana), performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, showcasing eight centuries of music. She in a prizewinner in numerous international organ competitions, recently in the United States, France, Japan, and Russia. Through a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD), Katelyn recently completed a Master Orgel with Ludger Lohmann at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (Germany), having previously completed a two-year tenure at Boston’s Church of the Advent. Katelyn’s bachelors degrees are from Oberlin College, with teachers including Hans-Ola Ericsson, James David Christie, Olivier Latry, Marie-Louise Langlais, and Ray Cornils. Recipient of a J. William Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Katelyn studied at the Conservatoire de Toulouse (France) with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen. She regularly teaches in international organ academies and conventions, and her two CDs appear on the Pro Organo label. For more information, please visit www.katelynemerson.com.
Kirk Michael Rich, Associate Editor (Atlanta), is the Director of Music at the parish of All Saints’, Atlanta (Episcopal). There, he directs the adult choir, manages a concert series, and presides over the Kenan Memorial Organ (John-Paul Buzard opus 29). Dr. Rich has performed recitals in venues such as St. Thomas Church (New York City), the Kennedy Center, and at three national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He has taken both third (2014) and second prize (2016) in the AGO’s National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, and his playing has been broadcast on American Public Media’s national radio program Pipedreams. Dr. Rich holds degrees from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include Robert Bates, James David Christie, Douglas Reed, and Christopher Young.
Bruce Shull, Associate Editor (Tacoma), an Ohio native, apprenticed as an organbuilder with John Brombaugh & Co. in Middletown, Ohio. He graduated Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1977 where he studied organ with William Porter. From 1977 until 1981 he operated his own business as Shull Organbuilders in Charleston, West Virginia. He joined Taylor and Boody in 1981 where his major work was in voicing and design. He was manager for several projects including the resuscitation and complete restoration of the 1800 Tannnenberg organ in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his account of the process published in Splendid Service, The Restoration of David Tannenberg’s Home Moravian Church Organ. He has authored articles appearing in The Organ Yearbook and the International Society of Organbuilders Journal. He has extensively studied and practiced reed and flue pipe scaling and voicing. In 2005, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest where he works with Paul Fritts & Co. Organbuilders in Tacoma, Washington. He enjoys flying as a hobby and is a licensed private pilot.