Ben Lane is the Canon Musician at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, where he has directed a diverse music ministry since 1991. As the director of several concert series and many choirs, including the Orlando Deanery Boychoir, his concerts are broadcast occasionally on Orlando’s classical public radio station. Each year his choirs tour to cathedrals and concert halls in places such as England, Central Europe, Japan, Canada, New York City, Washington, the Bahamas, all over Florida and the eastern US.
Canon Lane chaired the Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida. He also serves as Diocesan Coordinator and as a faculty member for the nationally acclaimed Leadership Program for Musicians, offering continuing education for professional church musicians. He is also the Chaplain for the Central Florida Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has recorded eight CDs with Saint Luke’s choirs.
Canon Lane has served churches in Chicago and Wisconsin, and previously taught
and directed music at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary near Milwaukee. He holds degrees in organ and church music from the University of Southern Mississippi and Northwestern University. He studied musicology for a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His compositions include choral, vocal, and liturgical works, and some are published by St. James Press.
Claire Hodge, soprano, is a private voice teacher with over thirty years experience as soloist, teacher, conductor, clinician and vocal coach. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Claire has enjoyed performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra under renowned conductors.
Claire currently directs the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir working closely with Canon Benjamin Lane and the Orlando Deanery Boychoir at The Cathedral Church of St. Luke. Together, the choirs have toured Canada, Austria, Germany, The Czech Republic and the United States under her direction since 1999. In conjunction with her work with the choir, Claire has served as voice teacher and vocal coach for summer courses with the Royal School of Church Music in America in New York City, Boston, North Carolina, and Alabama.
Claire is excited to be working under the direction of Janice Stieber Rous with whom she is learning Janice’s technique, Body Dialogue, to bring a new level of body awareness and breathing coordination to help singers gain more confidence, control, resonance, and freedom while singing. She is currently teaching private voice lessons in southwest Orlando as well as downtown Orlando.
Claire will step down as director in June 2014 after more than 15 years as director. Wendy Miller will become director in the fall.