Jason Asbury, Music Director
Jason Asbury is active as a concert organist, conductor and choral accompanist in the New York City metropolitan area. He is currently the Assistant Head of School at Saint Ann's School where he has taught for sixteen years and recently completed a tenure of seventeen years as Director of Music at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, New Jersey. Mr. Asbury is Founder/Artistic Director of the Essex County New Jersey choral festival called Sing Out! held biennially at the Newark Museum. He has performed as a solo recitalist in many venues including St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Augustinerkirche in Vienna, Austria and Princeton University Chapel.
He has served as assistant conductor of the Summit Chorale at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, accompanist for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, conducted the Prospect Presbyterian Chancel Choir's concert tours in Scotland and Montreal, and most recently led the Saint Ann's High School Chorus on a tour to Germany and the Czech Republic. Mr. Asbury is the co-founder of Voices In Harmony, a 50-member choral ensemble based in Maplewood, New Jersey that promotes community by bringing together people from multicultural and ecumenical backgrounds. He is currently serving as president-elect of the National Board of Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
Mr. Asbury holds degrees from DePauw University, Bachelor of Music, Westminster Choir College, Master of Music, and Graduate Theological Foundation, Doctor of Sacred Music, and received additional training at the North German Organ Academy. He was recently awarded the Young Alumni Award from DePauw University.
Matt Podd, Assistant Music Director
Matt Podd (website here) is a pianist, composer, arranger, and music director based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. As a pianist Matt specializes in jazz, gospel, pop, musical theatre, and choral accompaniment. He has appeared on stage with some of New York City's finest musicians at Town Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y, Rockwood Music Hall, and Shapeshifter Lab.
He has also worked behind the scenes as an arranger and orchestrator for such world-class acts as the Boston Pops, New York Pops, Philadelphia Pops, Toronto Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Darlene Love, Steve Van Zandt, Little Big Town, Reneé Fleming, Joshua Bell, Kurt Elling, Jason Robert Brown, Gregory Porter, Capathia Jenkins, Montego Glover, Sy Smith, Darren Criss, Stephanie J. Block, Brian D'arcy James, the Young People's Chorus of NYC, Time for Three, SHEL, Jake Shimabukuro, Stephen Kellogg, Milton Delug, and countless other artists, choirs and ensembles.
His arrangements have been heard across America and throughout the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Symphony Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, P.B.S. the White House, Caramoor Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, and beyond.