Isaac Drewes is appointed the Association of Anglican Musicians Gerre Hancock Intern for 2019–2020, and he will serve his internship at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois. Stephen Buzard is director of music for St. James Cathedral.
Drewes is a master’s degree candidate at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, where he studies organ with David Higgs and holds the George Utech Hymnody Fellowship. He is organist and choir director at Penfield United Methodist Church and sings in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. A graduate of St. Olaf College, he completed his undergraduate studies with Catherine Rodland and held the position of organ scholar at St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Drewes’s performances have been heard throughout the United States and Canada, including at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montréal, Old West Church in Boston, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. He earned first prize in the 2018 Lynnwood Farnam Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. In 2016 and 2017, he performed for Organ Historical Society conventions in Philadelphia and the Twin Cities, respectively. He is also the winner of the 2016 Twin Cities American Guild of Organists Student Competition and a recipient of the Pogorzelski-Yankee and Paul Manz Scholarships. When not at the organ bench, Isaac enjoys bicycling and hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. ν