About the Director of Choirs
Gary Van Essen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Towson University, where his capstone project was a lecture recital of the Fauré Requiem. The 23-24 school year is his 10th year at Arundel High School where he has served as a math teacher and as the math and computer science department chairperson. Mr. Van Essen also holds holds a Master of Arts degree from Towson University, an Education Specialist degree from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Gwynedd Mercy University. He has worked as a professional church musician since the age of 15 and has directed choirs of all ages. Currently he is the Minister of Music at Christ Church, Kent Island (Episcopal).