Karel Paukert

Organist-Choirmaster

Karel has served as Organist-Choirmaster at St Paul’s Church since 1979. He is the Curator Emeritus of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Before coming to Cleveland, Karel was associate professor of Organ and Church Music at Northwestern University and directed music at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston. He continues to concertize and teach internationally. He especially likes to return to his native Czech Republic.

Steven Plank, Ph.D.

Associate Organist-Choirmaster

Steve, an Anglican church musician for over forty years, has served parishes in Louisville, St Louis, Oberlin, and Cleveland. He is the Andrew B. Meldrum Professor and Chair of the Department of Musicology at Oberlin College, where he teaches courses in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque Eras, as well as directs the Collegium Musicum Oberliniense. His research focuses on the music of England, questions of performance practice, and the relationships between liturgy, spirituality, and musical style. He is an avid collector of antiques, a lover of fountain pens, and a devoted fan of Louisville Cardinal basketball.

Kelsey Ferguson

Interim Co-Director of Music for Children & Youth

Kelsey graduated from CIM in May with a MA in violin performance. This summer, she will be playing in the New Hampshire Music Festival. Kelsey has been the intern for our children and youth choirs for the past 2 years. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s and grew up singing in our choirs. She is familiar with our music program and our families. She took conducting classes at CIM and continues to study the craft.

Hannah Koby

Interim Co-Director of Music for Children & Youth

Hannah graduated in 2019 with a Master of Music in organ at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Todd Wilson. In May 2019 she was awarded The Henry Fusner Prize in Organ, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the organ department, and The Heinrich Scholarship, recognizing outstanding achievement by an organ major. She has spent significant time studying and performing in Germany, most recently as Church Music Intern at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the birthplace of the Lutheran Reformation.

David Osburn

Carillonneur

David’s parents were married by St. Paul’s Rector Ted Evans in 1940. He was baptized here in 1943. His mother Ruth was Parish Secretary at St Christopher’s by-the-river in Gates Mills and ran the nursery school there for 30 years. David played the 8-bell chime there before it became a 23-bell carillon. He studied organ at St. Paul’s with Walter Blodgett, later with Marilyn Mason at University of Michigan where he also studied carillon with Percival Price. David has been carillonneur at St. Pauls since 1990 and by day he is a private piano teacher. He is a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA).

Lois Bell

Handbell Choir Director

Lois has been a church musician for nearly forty years, directing and performing in both vocal and bell choirs. She recently retired from teaching music for 25 years in the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Bucknell University and a Master of Music Education degree from Kent State University. Other interests include ballroom dancing, activities with her daughter and travel, especially to visit her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in Chicago.