Vaughn Mauren was named Organist and Choirmaster at St. James’s in 2014, having previously served as Director of Music for Young at Arts and Associate Organist at Christ Church, Bronxville; Organist of the Episcopal Church at Yale; and Organist and Choirmaster of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
At St. James’s, Vaughn is passionate and deeply committed to the vocal and musical training of youth, and dedicated to finding new ways for our choir and music program to broaden its role in the greater community.
In addition to his work in the church, Vaughn served on the vocal coaching faculties of Sarah Lawrence College and Concordia College, New York, and conducted operas by Britten and Menotti, as well as several musical theater productions while at Young at Arts. He recently served as Chorusmaster for Connecticut Concert Opera's 2015 production of Tosca, and Opera Connecticut's 2016 production of Hansel and Gretel.
Born in New York City and raised in Albany, New York, Vaughn began his musical career as a chorister in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Albany, and later at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Albany. He continued his organ studies with John Rose at Trinity College (Hartford), earning a B. A. with Honors in Music in 2007, and at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, earning a M. M. in Organ Performance in 2009 under Martin Jean, Thomas Murray and Jeffrey Brillhart. He has performed solo organ recitals at the American Cathedral in Paris, Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and as a collaborate organist with Sigur Rós at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
Vaughn currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, a national performance competition for both high school aged organists and young professionals, and the Executive Board of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. With the GHC-AGO he is planning and directing a Pipe Organ Encounter at Trinity College for teens from around the county in July 2017.