DR. ROBERT LEHMAN
Dr. Robert W. Lehman, conductor, organist, harpsichordist, and composer, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in organ performance with honors from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; a Master of Music degree in church music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey; and a Doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation of South Bend, Indiana, where his particular area of study was pre-Reformation English liturgy with emphasis on the Sarum Use and the ecclesiastical music of the English Middle Ages, beginning with chant and culminating in the complex polyphony of the late fifteenth-century Eton Choirbook.
Lehman has served on the staff of several distinguished churches, including the Washington National Cathedral (of which he is a Fellow), the Princeton University Chapel, and Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. For fourteen years he served as organist and choirmaster of the historic Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut, where, under his leadership, the church’s choir and music program gained an international reputation for excellence. Lehman has appeared in numerous ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Festival Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony Brass, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Carnegie Brass Quintet, the Fine Arts Brass Quintet, the Annapolis Brass Quintet, and the River City Brass Band — the original fully-professional English-style brass band in the United States.
Maintaining an active career as a performer, Dr. Robert Lehman is frequently featured as a conductor and solo recitalist, both in the United States and abroad. His discography includes works of J.S. Bach; French Classical Noëls for Christmas; music for organ and brass with members of the River City Brass Band; and works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers. In addition, Lehman has recorded with the Woodley Ensemble, of which he was the founding director; the Christ Church Choir; the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys of San Francisco; and the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys for Angel/EMI Records. Lehman’s compositions are published by several American publishers and have been recorded by leading choirs around the globe. Lehman has been the recipient of many awards and honors, and his work is heard regularly on NPR and the BBC.
Robert Lehman joined the staff of The Church of St. Michael & St. George as Organist and Choirmaster in January of 2008.
Nicholas Bideler is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and has been a church musician since he was eight years old. He received his Bachelor’s degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas in 2008 and Master’s degree at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2010. His primary teachers have been Dr. James Higdon, Dr. Michael Bauer, and Dr. Roberta Gary, respectively. He has recently finished his course work for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas. In 2008, Bideler was appointed as the Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. Nicholas was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Dublin International Organ Competition and the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition. Nicholas has performed throughout the United States and Europe in such venues as the Washington National Cathedral; Trinity Church, Boston; Princeton University; Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Newark; St. Thomas Fifth Ave, New York City; and Westminster Cathedral, London. You can read more about Nick, his work, and his accomplishments on his website.
Nicholas became the Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at The Church of St. Michael & St. George in September of 2012.