Larry J. Long currently serves as Interim Director of Music & Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. He previously served as Acting Music Director at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City from August 2021 into January 2022. He conducted the choir for the Chelsea Community Church annual Candlelight Carol Service from 2011 through 2022. From 2009 to 2020 he was the Organist & Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Manhattan.
Active as a composer of music for church use, his catalog of works includes choir anthems, service music, hymn concertatos, and organ music. His compositions are published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA Publishers, World Library Publications, Paraclete Press and St. James Music Press.
He has also played and conducted at a number of 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, Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, St. John the Baptist & Holy Cross 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 the renowned musician and composer Richard Proulx.
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 H. Eickmeyer, Mano Hardies, Philip K. Gehring, and Robert T. Anderson; choral studies were with Eldon Balko and Lloyd Pfautsch. He did some composition study with Harold Oliver at SMU and 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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