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 Katelyn Emerson, Associate Editor Kirk Michael Rich, Associate Editor Bruce Shull, Associate Editor Guy Whatley, Associate Editor
Christopher Holman, Editor & Founder (Oxford), is an American organist and musicologist recognized for his performances on historic organs throughout Europe and North America. Since winning the Albert Schweitzer Competition, he has appeared 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. He has released two recordings, and his playing has been broadcast on German and Swiss national television and radio. In 2017, he received a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund to study and perform on historic organs in Europe as a Fellow at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. His research has been published in Early Music (with a forthcoming paper in Keyboard Perspectives) and he is Director of Musicology for Bach Society Houston. He studied with Robert Bates at the University of Houston and Dana Robinson at the University of Illinois. He is presently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Oxford, and holds the post of Organ Scholar at Exeter College. 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, harpsichordist, and chamber musician with great distinction and versatility throughout North America. He holds a Master of Music in historical performance and Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with James David Christie and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. An avid collaborator with vocalists and instrumentalists, Capozzoli has accompanied Oberlin College’s Musical Union and Baroque Orchestra. In the spring of 2016, he was the musical director and harpsichordist for a student production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Currently based in Montréal, Capozzoli is a Doctor of Music candidate at McGill University in the studio of Hans-Ola Ericsson, and is Interim Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral. For more information, please visit www.nicholascapozzoli.com.
Katelyn Emerson, Associate Editor (Stuttgart), 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 is pursuing Master Orgel with Ludger Lohmann at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (Germany), having 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, oversees a children’s and youth choir program, 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.
Guy Whatley, Associate Editor (Phoenix), enjoys a diverse international career, performing as a soloist, collaborative artist, and ensemble director. Originally from Wales, Dr. Whatley held organ scholarships at Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral and Clifton Cathedral. While completing an honors degree in musicology at the University of Bristol, he studied with Maria Boxall and Ton Koopman. A grant from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust allowed him to study organ with Ludger Lohmann and harpsichord with Jon Laukvik in Stuttgart. Dr. Whatley pursued further training in France with Jean Boyer and Marie-Claire Alain, as well as Christopher Stembridge in Italy. In 2005, Dr. Whatley completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University under Kimberly Marshall. He also holds diplomas from The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. For more information, please visit www.seveneightartists.com/guy-whatley.