Canon for Cathedral Music (retiring )
Bruce grew up in the Tri-Cities, in eastern Washington, and is happy to be back in his native Pacific Northwest, after having spent the bulk of his career on the other side of the Rockies. He holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and Yale University and then undertook two years of post-grad study at the Conservatory in Geneva, Switzerland. Bruce holds an honorary doctorate from the University of the South, as well as Fellowship degrees from the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music. Having won three organ improvisation competitions, he performs and teaches under the management of Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.
Though his musical tastes are eclectic, Bruce is not afraid to narrow his list of favorite composers down to J.S. Bach, Herbert Howells, Olivier Messiaen, Texu Kim and Carole King. People tell Bruce that he is an expert in coffee and gin, and he favors drinking both while listening to jazz.
Arrival at Trinity:
Bruce arrived at Trinity, Portland, in March of 2015, on a Thursday evening, just prior to one of theTrinity Choir’s regular rehearsals and just in time to conduct the Bach St. John Passion, take care of the music for Marcus Borg’s funeral, and play and conduct for Holy Week and Easter. It was a whirlwind!
Bruce loves just about everything that comes from South Korea, and Seoul is his favorite megalopolis!