Sam Brukhman
Artistic Director

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Sam Brukhman enjoys a career as an entrepreneur and conductor. Sam was the former founder of the Vox Mousai Women's Choir, a collegiate women's choir focused on the exploration and performance of women's repertoire. Within 3 years of it's founding at Westminster Choir College, the choir grew from 12 to 55 members. Under Sam's artistic direction, the choir collaborated with such artists as the Princeton Girlchoir, Paul Mealor,  Mitos Andaya, and Ola Gjeilo. The choir premiered works by award-winning composer Alexander Leon, Ola Gjeilo, Emily Vite, and Michael Smith. During their December 2014 concert, Tundra, the Vox Mousai Women's Choir was joined by Ola Gjeilo to accompany his music in performance.

A popular artist with Princeton, NJ audiences and university faculty at Westminster Choir College, Brukhman's music was described as "greatly spiritual" with a "diverse repertoire that is supported by a beautiful tone."

In 2013, Sam served as an assistant conductor of the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley under Festival Del Sole. There, he was also the principal Russian translator for the Russian National Orchestra and led sectionals with Orchestra Institute students under the direction of principal instrumentalists in the Russian National Orchestra. He worked with such artists as Martin West, Ming Luke, Aleksei Bruni, Vladislav Lavrik, and Maxim Rubtsov. 

During Theatre Aspen's 29th season in 2012, Brukhman served as the associate music director of the Theatre Aspen School Conservatory's show, All Shook Up. He was the assistant to artistic director, Paige Price, and assisted her with musical tasks throughout the season.

Sam was selected as a 2015 semi-finalist for the National ACDA Conducting Competition in Salt Lake City.

Sam received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and currently teaches at Brown Middle School in Forney, TX.

 

Jordan DeRouen  organist

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Jordan DeRouen was born in DeRidder, LA in 1991. At age 13, Jordan began studying organ with Dr. Fred Sahlmann, professor emeritus of piano and organ at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Jordan began his career as a church musician early on as well, holding his first church accompanist position by his sophomore year of high school.

Jordan earned his Bachelors of Sacred Music at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he studied organ with Dr. Mary de Ville, and piano with Dr. Christine Allen.   In addition to his studies at Northwestern, Jordan studied organ improvisation with E. Ray Peebles, Organist and Artist in Residence at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Jordan then received the Master of Music in Organ Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas studying with renowned concert artist Stefan Engels. Jordan has also participated in the French Organ Music Seminar (FOMS) three times, where he has been able to receive instruction from some of the most influential organists in the world such as Louis Robillard, Sophie-Véronique Choplin, Frédéric Blanc, François Espinasse,  Jean-Baptiste Robin, Daniel Roth, Thomas Ospital, Thierry Escaich, and Olivier Latry . Additionally he received a scholarship award for composing a piece for a competition which FOMS held in 2014. This included the privilege of premiering the composition in Spain in the Summer of 2015. Most recently, he received a scholarship in improvisation in 2017 and improvised on several masterclasses and presentations throughout the seminar.

Mr. DeRouen has served as Director of Music and Organist for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Zwolle, La., Organist for the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches, La., and Organist-Choirmaster for St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, La. Shortly after moving to Texas, he was appointed Organist and Director of Music for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas. Currently he serves as Organist at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson where he plays on the magnificent Quimby Op. 61 pipe organ. Mr. DeRouen has performed throughout the USA and Europe, including Chambéry Cathedral, Church of St. Severin in Paris, The Church of Santa Maria del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain, the Vatican Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, and the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York.

 

Lauren Stroh
External Relations Officer

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Active as a professional chorister and soloist based in Dallas, Texas, Lauren Stroh specializes in early music and collaborates with several renowned choral ensembles and musicians such as Dallas Bach Society, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Palestrina Singers at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of Dallas, and of course, Verdigris! Notable recent performances include the Boston Early Music Festival, the Collegiate Choral Organization in Portland, Oregon, performances in Houston and Dallas with Orpheus Chamber Singers and Ars Lyrica, and Vox Peregrini's 2017 tour to Ireland. 

Currently, Lauren sing for Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church as the soprano section leader. She also works as a music teacher at Park Cities Baptist Church and accompanies children's choirs at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Additionally, Lauren provides vocal coaching for actors and singer-songwriters in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. In February of this year, she provided vocal coaching for actors on USA Network's third season of "Queen of the South." Lauren also enjoys creating, producing, and directing classical music videos in collaboration with filmmaker Peter Koutsegeorgas. 

For the past two years, Lauren was in charge of overseeing a vibrant chorister training program as Director of Children’s Choirs for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of McKinney, where she administered a Royal School of Church Music curriculum as well as directing and singing with the St. Peter's Schola Cantorum. Lauren enjoys musical composition, and recently completed a cycle of psalm meditations for soloists and choir. 

In addition to her musical pursuits, Lauren is working toward a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with a focus on play therapy and healing through the arts. She graduated in 2011 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in organ performance.