Dr. James Guyer
Senior Choir, Music Theory II
James W. Guyer serves as organist/choirmaster at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Guyer earned his Doctor of Music degree (DM) in organ performance and literature at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also studied church music, improvisation, music theory and choral conducting. His matriculation with IU professors Marilyn Keiser, Brent Gault and William Jon Gray in choral studies and children’s choirs provided opportunities to work with the IU Children’s Choir and the Royal School of Church Music. His love for children and youth choirs began during high school when he was the accompanist for the Irving Boys Choir, under the direction of Woody Schober. During those years, it became clear that both keyboard and choral music would be in his future. This passion led to the formation of a choir school at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and School and the Siesta Youth Chorale, programs at his most recent churches. Dr. Guyer is an active performer as an organist in south Florida with appearances in churches on east and west coasts, including The Community Church of Vero Beach, The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, and The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota. Dr. Guyer cherishes a deep appreciation for music and an excitement to share this with his students and congregation. When not making music, Dr. Guyer enjoys spending time in beautiful “Old Florida” with his wife and four children.