Michael Olbash is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Adelaide Church in Peabody, Massachusetts, where he directs a robust choristers program, as well as professional and amateur choral ensembles in Gregorian chant, polyphony, and sacred hymnody, at both Ordinary and Extraordinary Form Masses. A lifetime advocate for quality sacred music education for children, he directs the upper school chorus at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, MA, and serves on the board of directors of the American Federation Pueri Cantores.He is the founding director of the Ave Maria Chant Camp in Ave Maria, Florida, and the founder of the Boston Chapter of Choristers Guild, for which he served as president for eight years. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, he holds the Choirmaster and Colleague (CAGO) certificates from the American Guild of Organists, has lectured at both regional and national conventions, and is the recipient of both the Choirmaster Prize and the S. Lewis Elmer Award. He holds an undergraduate degree in music from Harvard University and the Master of Music degree in sacred music and liturgy from St. Joseph’s College of Indiana.
David Hughes is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he oversees a program of seven choirs, including the professional St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, which specializes in late medieval and early Renaissance polyphony in the context of a weekly Solemn Mass in the traditional rite, and the volunteer St. Mary’s Choir, whose core repertoire is English music of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is founder and director of the St. Mary’s Student Schola, a comprehensive program of musical education for children. The Student Schola sings regularly for Masses and Vespers in Connecticut and elsewhere, including a foray to World Youth Day in Madrid to sing Gregorian propers and polyphonic motets at stadium Masses. He directs Viri Galilaei, an ensemble of men from the tristate New York area who gather weekly to sing Vespers, to explore the singing of medieval polyphony from original manuscripts, and to discuss matters of theology, philosophy, and politics.In demand as an instructor of Gregorian chant, he frequently travels for workshops, clinics, and recitals. He has written several film scores and a number of Masses and motets. David’s composition teachers have included Ruth Schonthal and John Halle, and he has studied organ with Paul Jacobs and Daniel Sullivan. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, he is a graduate of Yale College.