Director of Music: Brad Cresswell
Brad Cresswell grew up in Moline, Illinois, where at a young age he sang in The Moline Boys Choir, occasionally touring the country. Brad studied music education at Simpson College (B.M.E., ’84), and opera at both the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston (M.M., ’89). While in Boston, Brad started singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, making both his Carnegie Hall debut and his first commercial opera recording with them at age 25.
Brad’s subsequent opera career spanned 16 years, with performances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and many others (including South America’s largest theater, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). One of the highlights of those years came when Brad was chosen by the great Spanish tenor Placido Domingo to be his understudy for several productions.
In 2003, Brad began exploring a different way of presenting music: talking about it on the radio. First as an overnight host for WNYC-FM in New York City, then here in Toledo for WGTE-FM, where (as of 2009) he serves as Program Director and Senior On-Air Host. In addition to his hosting duties at WGTE, Brad hosts and produces a syndicated radio series with Bowling Green State University that reaches over 2 million listeners world-wide. He is also often heard on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz, which is broadcast to over 300 stations in 40 different countries.
Music Ministry Blog
"To my eyes and ears, the organ will ever be the King of Instruments." Wolfgang Armadeus Mozart We have been without the pipe organ since Easter, but we seem to be fairing well for now on Sunday mornings using the piano instead. Many though are eager for the return...read more
Despite the quietness of the organ chamber over the summer, there has been activity happening behind the scenes. Options have been reviewed and decisions made, regarding the best way to heat and humidify the room that holds the organ pipes, and then blending that...read more
Here is the June Update on the organ remodel. Vestry has authorized the contract for HVAC. We were anticipating $50,000 to $60,000. We brought the price down to $37,000. The original plan called for HVAC (heat, ventilation, & air conditioning) in an isolated unit...read more
The vestry has authorized the contract for the organ rebuild. Work will begin this Spring after Easter Sunday. The work will be done by Muller Pipe Organ Company, who has always been responsible for tuning and maintenance. Why are we rebuilding the organ? We...read more