Gregory Eaton is the Choirmaster/Organist at All Saints' Episcopal Church, in Austin, TX, where he has been since November of 2014. There, he conducts the two vocal choirs and the handbell choir of the church, and plays the organ for parish worship services on Sundays and at other times. He is enjoying bein a part of the parish family at All Saints'. He is also becoming a part of the rich musical life that is Austin, the 'Live Music Capital of the World.'
Gregory served as Director of Music and Organist of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights, from 1993-2014. At St. Ann’s he conducted the St. Ann's Choir, which presented music for Sunday services and special events. The choir's repertoire spanned everything from Medieval Chant to contemporary works. He also played the landmark E.M. Skinner organ of 1925, and was heard most weeks of the year in the church’s weekly organ recital every Wednesday at 1:10 pm. As of his departure in June 2014, he had played over 600 recitals at St. Ann’s, covering over 600 works from more than five centuries of organ literature. In addition to the standard organ repertoire, Gregory highlights both contemporary music and music by American composers. Following the lead of his teacher Leslie Spelman (author of the original Organ Plus), he also regularly performs music for organ and other instruments.
A graduate of the University of Redlands, California, his major teachers have been Eva Clover in piano, Jeffrey Rickard in conducting, and Dr. Leslie Spelman in organ. An invitation to join the music staff of Trinity Church, Wall Street, brought Gregory to New York in 1984. At the same time, he was hired by the General Theological Seminary, where he was Lecturer in Church Music until 2006, and served again as sabbatical Director of Chapel Music in 2008. After Trinity Wall Street, he served as Director of Music of the Church of the Epiphany in Manhattan, prior to accepting the position at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity. Mr. Eaton is a member of the American Guild of Organists. In the Brooklyn Chapter of the AGO, he has served as a member of the Executive Board, three terms as Sub-Dean, and three terms as Dean.
Gregory has served as a guest conductor for various choral ensembles, in both New York City and Long Island. In 2009 he was chosen to be the musical director for the ordination of the current bishop of Long Island, Lawrence Provenzano. This involved recruitment, coordination, and rehearsal of a choir of nearly 200.
In addition to his church music activities, Gregory Eaton is also, with David Hurd, one of the co-founders of Chelsea Winds recorder ensemble, and an occasional composer of both sacred and secular music. He enjoys reading, cooking, photography and hiking, especially in the wide open spaces of the American Southwest.