THE REV. CURTIS KENNINGTON, RECTOR
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, the Reverend Curtis Kennington taught and recorded music professionally in Fairhope, Alabama, before moving the family to New York City to attend General Seminary. Following seminary, he returned to the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast to serve as the 5th Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Troy, Alabama. After three faithful years, Curt answered the call as 10th Rector of Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church.
Curt has long been associated with the arts, having been a musician. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies for Exceptional Students from the University of West Florida and a Master of Divinity from General Seminary.
Most important to Curt is his family: Sellers, his wife, and Grayton and Henry, their sons. (And Mocha, the rescue dog.) They travel, they adventure, they enjoy movies and the arts. They are all grateful and enthusiastic about the move to Wilmington, and look forward to planting deep roots.
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ORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER
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Steven is originally from Kennett Square, PA and serves as Organist and Choirmaster of Immanuel’s music program. As choral conductor, he chooses music from Renaissance to contemporary styles, and prepares the choir to sing a wide variety of hymns, chants, anthems, and service music.
As organist, he plays repertoire from Baroque to modern, selecting music to support each week’s liturgical themes. He has performed organ recitals in the U.S. and abroad, including Trinity Church Boston, Harvard Busch Hall Museum, Princeton University Chapel, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Longwood Gardens Grand Ballroom, Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
He received degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory, studying organ with David Boe, Garth Peacock, Ray Urwin and William Porter; harpsichord with Lisa Goode Crawford; and choral conducting with Daniel Moe and Donald Teeters.
Steven is also a piano and organ teacher who enjoys guiding musicians of all ages. He is pleased to continue the tradition of excellent music at Immanuel in his roles as organist, teacher, and choral director.