Larry J. Long was Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Epiphany in New York City 2009-2020. He has also played and conducted at a number of other churches in Manhattan, including St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Bach Vespers, St. James' Church (Episcopal), Grace Episcopal Church, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, and Park Avenue Christian Church.
Prior to moving to NYC in 2005 he worked as a church musician in Chicago for many years, where he served as musician at Saint Luke Church, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, Irving Park Lutheran Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square. He was also accompanist and singer for the Cathedral Singers, a choir directed by Richard Proulx.
Active as a composer of music for liturgical use, Mr. Long has compositions published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA, St. James Music Press, World Library, and Paraclete Press.
Mr. Long received the Bachelor of Music degree in church music from Valparaiso University and the Master of Music degree in organ performance from Southern Methodist University. Other studies included the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England, and with Anton Heiller at the Haarlem Summer Academy for Organists in the Netherlands. Organ teachers included Paul Eichmeyer, Philip Gehring, and Robert Anderson; choral studies were with Eldon Balko and Lloyd Pfautsch. He did some composition study with Richard Proulx.
He is the Registrar of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and American Composers Forum.
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