Staff

Erin Wind, Director for Richmond Women’s Chorus

Erin Wind is native of Richmond, Virginia who holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (choral) from Longwood University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. During her school years Erin performed in the Camarata Singers and Chamber Singers at Longwood University, as well as the Concert Chorale and Cantorei at the University of Northern Iowa.

Since her graduation Erin has been active in the classical music community in Richmond where she currently resides. She has performed with local groups including Capitol Opera Richmond and was also a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus. As a soloist, Erin appeared with the Northern Neck Orchestra in their performance of Gustav Maher’s Songs of a Wayfarer as well as with the Minnesota State Band performing the fourth movement of Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Currently, in addition to directing the Richmond Women’s Chorus, Erin is a member of the Piedmont Singers, is an alto section leader with Second Presbyterian Church, and is an active singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Joshua Wortham, Director for Richmond Men’s Chorus

JoshJoshua Nash Wortham is a native of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Music in Church Music (Vocal Emphasis) from Campbellsville University in May 2004.

During his college career, Joshua was a member of the University Chorale, Chamber Choir and Handbell Choir (all auditioned ensembles) as well as the opera workshop performing the roles of Guglielmo (Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte) and Frank (Strauss’ Die Fledermaus). As a sophomore, he was featured as a solo pianist accompanied by the CU Concert Band. In May 2004, Joshua co-directed a performance tour with the Chamber Project throughout Brazil. This group gave the international premier of his choral suite, “Generations Sing Praise.” During the summer months, Joshua was active with Kadasha, the praise and worship ministry for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church based at Lake Junaluska, NC.

He currently serves as the Music Director and Organist for Chester United Methodist Church.  In 2007, Joshua founded the Chester Community Chorus in an effort to enrich cultural life in Chesterfield County.  In his free time, Joshua enjoys working with community theater with Henrico Theater Company and at the Fort Lee Playhouse.

Steve Austin, Accompanist for Richmond Men’s Chorus

untitled-160Mr. Austin has been the chorus’ accompanist since its inception. During his early years in Richmond, he accompanied several school choral groups at George Wythe High School and studied piano with Alphonse Gagne and Maude Bridgeman Stevens. He attended VCU and studied piano with Vera Lendvay and electronic music with Dr. Loran Carrier. In 1980, Steve relocated to Surry, Virginia, where he became active with community choral activities, also serving as accompanist for The Generations II of Wakefield.

Steve served as accompanist for the Petersburg Festival Chorus from 1994 to 1997. After moving back to Richmond in the fall of 1994, he sang bass and was pianist for the Society Singers. He has also provided piano, midi mixing, and sound design for Richmond Triangle Players and Henrico Theatre Company productions.

 

Patricia J. Schrock,

Accompanist for Richmond Women’s Chorus

Patricia J. Schrock, a native of Millersburg, Indiana, is an organist, accompanist, harpsichordist and teacher. Ms. Schrock, since 2006, serves as the Director of Music at the Church of the Epiphany in Richmond. At Epiphany she plans the liturgies, accompanies and directs various choirs, and plays numerous masses. Before arriving in Richmond she spent ten years at Holy Trinity Church in Washington D.C. Ms. Schrock oversaw the renovation of the historic 1925 E.M. Skinner organ in the main church and the installation of the tracker action organ by Visser & Associates in the chapel. Ms. Schrock currently serves as the accompanist for Temple Or Ami in Richmond and has a private organ/piano studio.

 

An active performer in the greater Washington area she recently performed the Poulenc and Stephen Paulus organ concerti to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic E.M. Skinner organ at Holy Trinity. Ms. Schrock has toured internationally with choirs to England, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, Spain and France, performing in famous venues on some of the most prominent organs in Europe.

 

Ms. Schrock received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College and her Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. She did post-graduate work at Arizona State studying organ with Robert Clark and harpsichord with John Metz. She also studied piano with Marvin Blickenstaff, and organ with Gail Walton and Craig Cramer.

 

She is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the American Guild of Organists. As a past Dean of the Washington DC chapter and the DCAGO Foundation Board she currently chairs the New Organists Development Scholarship Committee for the Richmond AGO Chapter. Ms. Schrock joined the Richmond Women’s Chorus in October as their accompanist.