Artistic Director

Carlton Monroe

Dr. Monroe is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio, where, in addition to leading an active choral program for children and adults, he established and conducts the Bach Ensemble at St. Thomas, a professional ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform services, concerts and educational retreats centered on the music of J. S. Bach. He has lectured around the United States on Bach’s cantatas, and is the Director of Choral Activities for the Poco a Poco Music Festival in Streator, Illinois.

As a conductor and music educator he has taught at every level from elementary to college, including positions at Ursuline Academy and Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Miami University (OH), and Georgia College & State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has previously served on the boards of the Cincinnati Choral Consortium and was a regional chair with the Association of Anglican Musicians. He currently serves on the board of the Burden Foundation, which supports the work of the Burden Museum and Gardens in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Jennifer, contrabassoonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and their children Jack and Catherine.

Follow Carlton’s blog at https://backporch.substack.com