Collin Boothby organist and choral conductor, currently resides in Houston, TX. As the Organist/Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Midtown Houston, TX, Collin provides all the organ music for weekly worship services as well as directs the semi-professional choral ensemble. In 2018, Collin started as the Organist/Choirmaster at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston for High Holy Days. He recently completed a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Ken Cowan.
Collin graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2016 with a degree in Church Music and distinction as an Honors Laureate through the John V. Roach Honors College. At TCU, Collin studied organ and harpsichord with H. Joseph Butler and was named the Presser Scholar- the outstanding senior music major, as voted on by the entire music faculty. While at TCU, Collin served as the Organ Scholar of University Christian Church.
In competitions, Collin has garnered several prizes including second place and a hymn playing award at the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and prizes in the 2014 and 2019 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competitions. Collin was selected as an E. Power Biggs Fellow by the Organ Historical Society in 2014.
As a recitalist, Collin has performed in notable venues across the United States and in Germany. He was privileged to perform at the 2015 Southwest Regional AGO Convention in Fort Worth, TX during the opening worship service. As a collaborative artist, Collin has performed with the TCU Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Choral Society, and in several early music chamber ensembles.
Collin’s musical research discovered an unknown oratorio, Hannah, by John Worgan, a British composer from the 18th century. Collin presented a lecture-recital in 2016 where he conducted selected movements from the work, believed to be the first performance since the premiere in 1764.
When he is not practicing or studying, Collin enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is an avid runner and is currently training for his first marathon. Although he enjoys living in Texas, Collin loves returning to the waters of Puget Sound and hiking in the Olympic Mountains when visiting home, near Seattle, Washington.