Glen J. Segger of Madison, an administrator at Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is the new choir director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Milford.
Segger has been a choir director since 1988, starting in his native Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and most recently at Church of the Good Shepherd, in Orange from 2008 to 2013. He joined St. Peter’s Feb. 1.
Segger has performed in recitals in Canada, United States, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia, participated in master classes, won local piano competitions and recorded for radio in Canada and Slovenia.
He graduated with honors with a bachelor of music degree from University of Alberta in 1991, studied in Vienna, Austria from 1991 to 1992 at Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst and then came to Yale for graduate work, where he has been ever since.
At Yale he obtained a master of music degree in organ performance and master of arts in religion, both in 1995. He was a teaching fellow in liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School from 1999 to 2008 and has been coordinator of Yale Institute of Sacred Music Fellows in Sacred Music Worship and the Arts since 2009.
Though Segger’s work is predominantly administrative, he devotes his spare time to music.
“Once a musician, always a musician,” he said. “I never gave that up. The organ is a fascinating instrument. I love playing in church and accompanying congregations singing.”
Linda Roti is one of the choir members who had high praise for the new director.
“He’s brought new energy and revitalized the choir,” said Roti, who has been singing in the choir for 13 years. “He’s enthusiastic and is teaching us great music. He comes with a great portfolio of experience.”
Diane Gendreau, who has been singing in the choir for 48 years since she was a girl, said Segger has been able “to bring out the best in the choir. And he certainly knows how to play the organ the way it should be played.”
“I think he has a wonderful knowledge of the liturgy,” she added. “He has a good knowledge of why we do the things that we do in the Episcopal Church.”