Peter Hallock, Organist
Peter Hallock became the organist of St. Clement of Rome at the invitation of the Rev. Ralph Carskadden, priest-in-charge, in 1992, following his retirement as organist/choirmaster of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, a position in which he served for forty years.
A native of Kent, Washington, Dr. Hallock is a graduate of the Music School at the University of Washington and studied church music at the College of St. Nicolas of the Royal School of Church Music at Canterbury. Dr. Hallock is a Canon of Honor in the Diocese of Olympia, and as a composer, is a recipient of numerous honorary degrees for his contribution to Anglican and Lutheran church music nationwide.
Markdavin Obenza, Parish Administrator & Choirmaster
Markdavin Obenza is a Seattle native and has been active in the local music scene since he was a boy Soprano in the Northwest Boychoir in the early 1990s. His love and dedication to early music and chamber vocal music emerged while singing as a countertenor for the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Tudor Choir in 2000. He performs regularly as a countertenor/baritone with the Tudor Choir (US), and has performed with members of the Tallis Scholars (UK) under the direction of Peter Phillips, the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera (US) under the direction of Steven Stubbs, and the Kronos Quartet. He is the producer of Scribe Music, LLC, one of the founders of the Byrd Ensemble and the choirmaster at St. Clement of Rome Episcopal Church in Seattle.
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Sarra Sharif, Children's Choir Director
Sarra Sharif's musical training began at the age of eight with the Seattle Girls' Choir. After graduating from this rigorous program, she pursued music education at the University of Washington's School of Music and obtained a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with an emphasis in vocal and general music. She is currently working on a Master's in Music and Music Education through Columbia University.
For the past five years Sarra has taught music at Kirkland Middle School, where she is the choir and orchestra director. She has worked for several years in the episcopal church as a cantor, section leader, and children's choir director. In addition, she performs and records regularly with professional vocal ensembles such as the Byrd Ensemble and Tudor Choir.
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