Music at St. Michael's
The boys, girls and adults who sing in one of St. Michael's six choirs have decided to do something extraordinary, by using their God-given singing voices to worship through the traditional liturgies of our parish. While many of our singers have sung in a choir for years, some choristers are new to singing. All are rewarded by being part of a substantial, creative activity that will bring them joy for the rest of their lives. We uphold the values of the Royal School of Church Music, and believe that boys, girls and teens can learn to read music and sing with expertise as well as any adult.
Kevin Kerstetter, M. Mus.
Since 1998, Kevin Kerstetter has served as organist and choirmaster at St. Michael’s. A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. He studied organ with Dr. William Hays, and conducting with Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, Allen Crowell, Frauke Haasemann, and Constantina Tsolainou.
As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, he sang with the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Mutti, Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, James Levine and Robert Shaw. For four summers, he was a member of the Westminster Choir, the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festivals of Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy.
Kevin was, for twelve years, an assistant conductor of the Raleigh Boychoir, and has been a guest conductor of the Concert Singers of Cary.
He is an active member of the Royal School of Church Music, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists.
Kevin was manager of the RSCM’s Carolina Training Course for Girls and Adults for five years, and is now the Training Course Committee Representative on the Board of the Royal School of Church Music in America. He also serves as Chapel Organist at Saint Mary's School, Raleigh.
In the fall of 2012, Kevin founded the Saint Gregory Boychoir at St. Michael's, a choir of men and boys in the English cathedral tradition.
Since 2013, Kevin has been conductor of the Schola Cantorum of the Diocese of East Carolina, an auditioned choir that sings Choral Evensong throughout the eastern region of NC.
Kevin takes great pleasure in the opportunity to lead music in this remarkable parish, and celebrates the achievements of the singers who make music at St. Michael’s. He is also grateful for the vision of St. Michael’s clergy, vestry and parishioners who supported the purchase of an extraordinary new pipe organ, which will be played to the glory of God for generations to come.