Our mission is to encourage and support the spiritual and musical education of children and to serve the worship and arts communities of West Michigan.


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Staff

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - SCOTT BOSSCHER
 
While in Chicago, Scott sang for six years with St. Luke’s Choir of Men & Boys, Richard Webster,director; five years with His Majesties’ Clerkes (re-named Bella Voce), Richard Childress & Anne Heider, co-directors; and two years with Music of the Baroque, Thomas Wickman, Director. 

In 1991, Scott took up a dual post at the Wells Cathedral Music School in Somerset, England, where he taught academic music and trained the boy and girl choristers at Wells Cathedral in weekly voice lessons. He also sang as a soloist and regular member of the Wells Cathedral Choir until his return to the States in 1995. Scott has been a soloist throughout Europe and South America performing with various orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia, singing such roles as the tenor in Britten’s War Requiem and the Evangelist roles in Bach’s St.Matthew and St. John Passions. 

In addition to his work as director of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, Scott is also on the music faculty at Grand Rapids Community College. Scott and his wife Jane reside in Cascade. Their three sons, Ryan, James and Christopher, are former RSCM choristers. Will grandson, Benjamin, be a future chorister? 
PRINCIPAL GUEST DIRECTOR/MUSIC ADVISOR - DR MARTIN NEARY
Dr. Neary was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Winchester Cathedral (1972–87) and Westminster Abbey (1988–98), is especially noted for championing contemporary church music and for his groundbreaking performances of music by Bach and Purcell. He has received numerous awards. Among them are an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Southampton, and his appointment as Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) by the Queen, in recognition of his services for choosing and directing the music at the funeral of Princess Diana.
ORGAN FELLOW -  DR KENNETH BOS
Dr. Bos is well-known as a pianist, organist, and accompanist in western Michigan. He is on the faculty at Grand Rapids Community College where he serves as Music Department accompanist and also teaches applied piano and piano techniques classes. He is the organist and Director of Music at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Bos has degrees from Calvin College and the University of Michigan, and he holds a doctorate in piano performance from Michigan State University.
GWEN HENDRIKSE - REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST

This past summer, Gwen Hendrikse joined our staff as rehearsal accompanist. She has played the piano in many capacities over the years, including teaching and accompanying music students for recitals, auditions, performances, and competitions. She has also accompanied choirs at both her church and several schools. Sitting at the piano in the center of our rehearsal room at Community College, she acknowledges she definitely has “the best seat in the house.”

REHEARSAL ASSISTANT - MUSIC THEORY TEACHER - LORI SCHIMMELMAN

Lori Schimmelmann earned her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in music from Central Michigan University.  She has played saxophone in various Grand Rapids area big bands with her husband along with singing in her church chancel choir.  She also is the adult handbell choir director and the children's choir director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison.  Lori's two children are both instrumentalists and her son is beginning his 5th year with GRCMB.
COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE - CHAD DYKEMA

Chad Dykema is a native of West Michigan and resides in Grand Rapids, Eastown.  Mr. Dykema teaches elementary music the Wyoming Public Schools and is Music Director for the locally produced children’s television show, Come On Over.  He has earned two regional EMMY awards for his music on Come On Over.  He has written four musicals for children, several treble anthems, dozens of songs for Come On Over, and music for radio and television commercials. 

BUSINESS MANAGER - JANE BOSSCHER
 

Jane has been involved with the Choir since 2002 when her two youngest sons became choristers. She is currently a full time office manager for Construction Services of West Michigan where she has been employed for the past 11 years, and has an extensive background in accounting, management and computers.