Cathedral Music Director and Organist: Mr. Todd Beckham
After serving for several months as Interim Music Director and Organist, Mr. Todd Beckham has been named to the post on a permanent basis. Todd served as a substitute organist and a Choral Scholar since May, 2016. Todd has an extensive background in Episcopal Church music and choral direction and while in Massachusetts, he was the organist and director of music at St. Barnabas Episcopal, Falmouth (2011-2016). He also served at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Milton (2002-2011); Boston University Episcopal Chaplaincy (1999-2009); and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Dover (1993-2002). While at the Diocese of Massachusetts, he was an instructor in Liturgical Planning and Hymnology for the Diocesan Leadership Program for Musicians (2000-2005). Beyond the Church, he was the conductor of the Meridian Singers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008-2016) as well as other ensembles and has broad experience as a music teacher.
Todd has a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Youngstown State University and a Master of Music in Organ and Harpsichord Performance from Converse College. He has also done postgraduate studies in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music at Boston University.
An Episcopalian (confirmed by Bishop Barbara Harris no less), Todd is married to Jennifer Mindek Beckham. Todd and Jennifer moved to Hawaiʻi in May 2016 and his wife is employed at the NOAA Fisheries on Ford Island.
While serving as the Cathedral’s Interim Music Director and Organist, he is also the choir director of the Bishop Memorial Chapel Choir at Kamehameha School and an accompanist with Hawaii Pacific University.
At the core of the Cathedral Choir are our eight Choral Scholars. These professional-level singers include university students, government workers, and private entrepreneurs. Some hold advanced degrees in music, and all are experienced in various aspects of singing including opera theater, musicals, symphony chorus, and numerous choral ensembles in Hawaii and beyond. The Choral Scholars are involved not only in singing at services and concerts throughout the year, but also with liturgy, music development, and fundraising. A major supporter of the Cathedral’s Choral Scholar Program is The Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation to which we are deeply and sincerely grateful.