Chris Engel – Music Director

 

Originally from Ocean City, Maryland, Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and recently completed his master’s degree at Westminster Choir College. Of course, his hobbies include all things music and he also enjoys hiking, reading, and movies.

Chris began playing piano at age 14. At 17, he was taking jazz piano lessons from a retired gentleman who had several organs in his home. Intrigued, Chris asked his teacher to show him how to play the organ. “I learned right away that I really liked the organ, and that was it.” Both his bachelors and masters degrees are in organ performance. While completing his studies, Chris served as organist and music director at churches in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Maryland. Before coming to Charleston, he was music director and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, New Jersey.

“It is a joy and a pleasure to be here!” Chris said. “I’m thrilled about being here, very happy with the
organ, and enthused by the talent in the choir. Everyone has been very welcoming.” One of his goals is
to expand the choir, and Chris invites anyone who enjoys singing to join. Choir practice is held Sunday
mornings at 9:30 a.m.