Director of Liturgy & Music
Nathan received his B.A. from Yale University, in Classics, majoring in the study of Latin, and earned an an M.A. in Liturgical Music (Organ) and an M.A. in Theology with honors from St. John's University School of Theology (Collegeville, Minnesota).
He was Organist/Choirmaster at St. Andrew's School, a co-educational boarding high school in Middletown, Delaware, where he directed the St. Andrew's Choral Scholars. The choir serves as the chapel choir and main performing ensemble for the School and also sings Evensong and other services in churches throughout the mid-Atlantic. In recent years Nathan has led the Choral Scholars on concert tours to Cuba, Eastern Europe, and the southeastern United States and has conducted repertoire including the Requiems of Fauré, Duruflé, and Rutter, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Vivaldi's Magnificat, and Bach cantatas, as well as sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the present day. In addition to his musical duties at St. Andrew's, Nathan also served as academic dean, director of studies, and girls' basketball coach, and has taught in the Department of Classical Languages for 17 years.
Nathan was the Coordinator of Liturgical Music at St. Joseph Parish in Middletown, where he collaborated with liturgical teams, a choir director, organist, and other instrumentalists, and a contemporary ensemble in helping to lead six weekend liturgies at two worship sites. His organ teachers have included Kim Kasling and David Jenkins, and he has also served as assistant director with the Yale Russian Chorus and St. Andrew's School Choral Scholars.
Janie Prim is a well-known, San Diego-based pianist/accompanist and is recognized for her church organ skills. Forced into subbing for her mother at age 14, she played two services well enough that she was immediately offered a job at the nearby Methodist Church.
Ms. Prim continued as a self-taught organist, working in several churches in the San Diego area, until she was hired as interim organist at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla. While in this position, she had lessons from Robert Plimpton and Jared Jacobsen on the 64-rank pipe organ at St. James.
In 1995, Janie accepted the organist position at St. Bartholomew’s Church. She continues organ studies with Martin Green, canon at St Paul's Cathedral, and maintains an active musical life as music director/chorus mistress for Lyric Opera San Diego and principal outreach accompanist and principal dance rehearsal pianist for San Diego Opera, as well as working for Cygnet Theatre and the Old Globe Theatre for auditions. Ms. Prim also has a private studio for coaching and accompanying singers.
Choir Section Leaders and Soloists
Section leaders provide direction for the various choir voice sections. Each new member to the choir is partnered with the appropriate section leader for mentoring, developing music skills and learning the ropes of choir schedules and practices.
Tim McLellan has spent the last eight years as a soloist/section leader at St. Bart's. He has spent time singing and conducting in Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and Assembly of God churches during his lifetime. He holds degrees in music from Cal Poly State University and the University of Washington. When he's not at St. Bart's, he teaches math and music to middle school students in San Diego Unified School District.
Sean McCormac was born and raised in San Diego. He was home schooled from kindergarten through 12th grade, and attained his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Cal State Northridge. Sean is also tenor section leader for the La Jolla Symphony Chorus. He currently lives in North Park with his lovely wife, Jessica.
Robin Rowland maintains the St. Bart's music library, composed of hundreds of books and individual sheets of music used by our choirs and musicians. Each week, the appropriate music is organized and placed in choir member music folders for rehearsals. After each service, all music just performed is returned to the choir room and filed away for the next time.