Trinity Music Staff

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Jared Johnson

Jared Johnson is Canon Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Instructor of Organ at the University of South Carolina.

The Cathedral Choirs under his leadership maintain a busy schedule of services, concerts, and tours. He is the director of the Cathedral Chorister program, which features advanced choirs for boys, girls, and young men. He has helped to establish the Cathedral Music School, with a mission to extend music education to underserved populations in Columbia. A frequent guest conductor and clinician, he served recently as music director for the RCSM Carolina Course at Duke (2019), and will serve as music director of the Saint Thomas Girl Chorister Course in 2021. As an organ recitalist he has appeared in major venues across the US, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia, and his recordings appear on the Pro Organo and JAV labels.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he earned degrees in English and in Organ Performance, studying under Haskell Thomson.  Upon graduation, he was awarded a Watson Fellowship for the study of conducting in London, with special emphasis on training treble voices.  He earned degrees at Yale University, where he was a pupil of Thomas Murray. Prior to his appointment at Trinity Cathedral in 2003, he served on the music staffs of Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, CT; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; Trinity Church, Copley Square; and the Memorial Church at Harvard.  

In Columbia, he has chaired the Artistic Committee of the South Carolina Philharmonic, and has taught organ on the faculty of The University of South Carolina School of Music.

William Douglas

William Douglas is Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina.  At Trinity, William accompanies and assists in conducting the Cathedral choirs in rehearsals and services. He also assists in the education of the choristers and the planning of liturgies at the Cathedral.

William is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a B.Mus. and M.M. in Organ Performance as a pupil of Dr. Jared Johnson. He also studied continuo and harpsichord with Dr. Jerry Curry. William was a recipient of the Summerall Award from USC.

Most recently, William served as the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at Cathedral of All Saints - Albany, NY. There he fulfilled the role of sub-organist of the Cathedral and assisted in the weekly education and running of the historic Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

Laura Rosier

Laura Rosier is our Director of Chapel Music, and Music Administration. laura-rosier.jpg Laura is a native of Columbia, SC, and a graduate of AC Flora High School and the University of South Carolina (BM Organ Performance and German). 

Laura grew up at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Shandon where she sang in the choir. She studied piano and organ with Isabelle Mauterer and later with English Morris. As a senior in high school, Laura was hired as the Assistant Organist at St. Michael and All Angels (Columbia), to play for the Sunday noon service. She went on to become the Director of Music at St. Michael’s, taking over an active Parish Choir and developing a Schola Choir, a Praise Choir, a Handbell Choir, and overseeing the Royal School of Church Music children’s choirs. She also sang weekly with the children of the Early Learning Center.

Laura sang for ten years with The Sandlapper Singers under the direction of Lillian Quackenbush. She has also attended the Sewanee Church Music Conference in Sewanee, TN, every summer since 2010. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians.

Brian Woods-Lustig

Brian Woods-Lustig is the Chorister Program Manager and Assistant Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Brian oversees weekly instruction for the choristers including organizing curriculum, overseeing teachers and managing the novice program. In previous years, he served as a chorister voice teacher, Cathedral Music School instructor, and staff singer.

Brian holds degrees from Houghton College (B.Mus Voice), and the University of Georgia (M.Mus Conducting), and served as a music teacher and church musician previously in Augusta, Georgia. Prior to arriving in Columbia, he completed a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in Choral Studies in 2019. At Cambridge, he served as a choral scholar with the The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge singing four weekly evensong services during term-time. Additionally, Brian led a Bach Cantata series, conducted Pärt’s St. John Passion, and served as the co-chorusmaster for Bizet’s Carmen. Combining his passion for English cathedral music with new music, Brian took the Gentlemen (ATB) of Jesus Choir on tour in the summer to Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals singing music ranging from Tallis to music written by Cambridge composers within the last five years. Brian returned to Cambridge in February 2020 where he led Bach Fest at Jesus College, ending the week with the Mass in B-minor. 

Brian is happily married to his wife Haley (also a choral singer), and can be spotted on tennis courts when not at Trinity. He is looking forward to more thrilling years with all the choirs!