Richard (Rick) Coffey has been the Organist and Director of Music at Union Church since March 2019, appointed to that position after a forty-five-year tenure as Minister of Music and Organist for the South Church of New Britain, Connecticut. Since 2005 he has been the Music Director of The Hartford Chorale, one of southern New England’s principal symphonic choruses, appearing frequently with the Hartford Symphony and other orchestras in the region, and touring throughout Europe and Asia.
He holds degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Sacred Music of New York’s Union Theological Seminary. He was awarded France’s premier prix in organ performance following studies with organist Marie-Claire Alain and in 2009 was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boston-based Choral Arts New England Foundation.
Also he is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, presently serving on the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Chapter, and is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association, and of Chorus America, a national service organization in support of the choral arts.
At Union Church, Rick, in concert with the interim pastor, plans, prepares, and leads music in worship, serving as organist and conductor of the congregation’s highly regarded choir of avocational singers, now supported by a core of vocal section leaders drawn from the region’s schools of music and conservatories. He supports and assists in the work of the church’s Fine Arts programming, particularly in concerts of classical music and music for the organ.