About

Larry J. Long most recently served as Acting Music Director at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City from August 2021 into January 2022. He has conducted the choir for the Chelsea Community Church annual Candlelight Carol Service since 2011. From 2009 to 2020 he was the Organist & Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.

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 PublishersParaclete 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, 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 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, 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.

Photo by Chris Darringer