Music Department Staff
Joshua Stafford, Director of Music
The meticulous technique, innate yet highly mature musicality, and constant musical engagement exhibited by Joshua Stafford compelled the jury of the 2016 Longwood Gar- dens International Organ Competition to name him, out of 12 stellar competitors, the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Winner of this illustrious event, earning him a cash award of $40,000.
Already in demand as a recitalist, improviser, and choral accompanist, Joshua has performed at many notable venues, including the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Ocean Grove Auditorium in New Jersey, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and Spivey Hall in Georgia. His recital at the 2015 Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians was hailed as “technically flawless yet exceptionally nuanced and spontaneous.” Joshua has appeared with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, and recordings of his performances have been aired on MPR’s Pipedreams and WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour.
A native of Jamestown, New York, Mr. Stafford received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2010 as a scholarship student of Alan Morrison. In 2012 he received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music as a student of Thomas Murray (organ performance) and Jeffrey Brillhart (organ improvisation). Joshua was the recipient of both a full-tuition scholarship and the Robert Baker Award, given to a first year organ student who exhibits exceptional promise and achievement in their field of study.
Joshua Stafford is the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey, where he conducts an RSCM-based program with choirs of boys, girls, and adults. The chorister program is paired with an after-school outreach program for the city’s underserved children, offering excellent music education at no cost.
Raphael Vogl, Assistant Organist
Raphael A. Vogl was born in 1996. He received piano lessons from the age of 6 years old and consequently began organ at the age of 11. This rapid progress led him to cathedral Organist Ludwig Ruckdeschel, with whom he studied in Passau (Germany). After completing school Raphael began his studies at the University of Catholic Church Music and Music Education in Regensburg (Germany), studying organ and church music with Prof. Stefan Baier and Markus Rupprecht. Raphael has taken part in many competitions, winning second prize at the "Jugend musiziert" and in 2015 was awarded for the Promotion Prize 2014 as the youngest prize-winner of the Kulturkreis Freyung-Grafenau. He also received a special prize at the International Mendelssohn Organ Competition in Switzerland and in the International Tariverdiev Organ Competition a prize from the University of Kansas. After a year in the Franz-Liszt-Academy in Budapest with Prof. Laszlo Fassang he graduated in Regensburg 2018. Currently Raphael is studying with Prof. Paul Jacobs at Juilliard School in New York City.