James Kreger is in his 26th season as Artistic Director of the award-winning Thomas Circle Singers.
Under James Kreger's direction, the chorus has been hailed by The Washington Post for it’s “glowing performance” and for being “on pitch, well focused, fluent and singing expressively.” Critics have also noted that “Artistic Director James Kreger has his 32-person ensemble singing weightlessly and with agility. Soft singing is much more difficult to sustain than loud, but pitch never wavered and long phrases emerged sounding fresh and easy.” In recognition for his work with TCS, Mr. Kreger was honored with WETA-FM’s Hometown Hero award. He has directed choral programs in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. He has led workshops and conducted choir festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic region; guest conducting appearances have included the Metropolitan Chorus (Arlington, VA) and Germantown Oratorio Society (Philadelphia, PA). As an organ recitalist, he has been described in The Washington Post as possessing “ a sense of drama and rhythmic drive” and “a pleasant sense of delicacy.” He holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College. In May 2008, his achievements in and contributions to choral music were recognized by his alma mater through the presentation of an alumni merit award. He is currently on the music faculty staff of Landon School in Bethesda, MD.
Aaron Goen serves as Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Burke, VA and Choral Accompanist and Assistant Director of the choral program at the National Cathedral School for Girls and St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, DC. He has been an active recitalist both as an organist and as an accompanist, having given recitals in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC, San Diego, and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ. In 2015, Mr. Goen served as course organist for the Royal School of Church Music Summer Course for Advanced Trebles in Washington, DC working with Bruce Neswick. He also served on the organizing committee for the 2011 national conference for the Anglican Association of Musicians. As a Chancellor Scholar, Aaron graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Music from Vanderbilt University, having studied organ with Wilma Jensen. He then went on to Indiana University as a Merit Scholar to pursue a Masters in Music degree, having studied with Drs. Christopher Young and Larry Smith. This is his first season with Thomas Circle Singers.