Director of Music and Organist
Christopher was here at CCC as Assistant Organist (1999-2002) under Charles Raines, whose long tenure at CCC (1980-2002) marked a highpoint in terms of the breadth and depth of choral music at CCC. Drawing from this experience, Christopher has built an enormously successful choir program at Christ Church Bronxville (NY), where he has served for the past thirteen years.
Donna has extensive experience with handbells and is an expert in this field. She served in the same capacity at Birmingham First Presbyterian Church for 15 years and was also a 12-year member of the renowned handbell ensemble, Classical Bells. Donna is a specialist in the repair and maintenance of handbells and was employed in this capacity for many years with Schulmerich Bells, LLC.
Donna lives with her husband, Patrick, in Clawson and works for BASF. In her free time, she loves to participate in cross-fit, gardening, bird watching and baking.
Assistant Director of Music
Brian has been a member of the music staff at CCC since 2008. As Assistant Director of Music, his primary functions include music programming and leading of the 5pm Sanctuary Service, working closely with Children and Youth Ministries for liturgical dramas and VBS, and singing and assisting with the adult choir. Brian is very involved with choral programs at the secondary and collegiate levels around the state; he serves as accompanist, adjudicator, clinician and director. He also maintains a private voice and piano studio.
Sarah Simko, a Master’s student at the University of Michigan, studies with Professor Kola Owolabi. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied organ with Professor Nathan Laube, Professor Edoardo Bellotti, Professor William Porter, and Professor Hans Davidsson. During her time at Eastman, she also studied harpsichord with Professors Bellotti and Porter. A native of Rochester, Michigan, she was a scholarship winner of the Detroit Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in 2008, 2010, and 2011. She was also the recipient of the 2010 Marilyn Mason Young Musician’s Scholarship from the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She has performed in masterclasses with Dr. Marilyn Mason, Dr. David Wagner, Ken Cowan and Bruce Neswick. Previously, Sarah held positions at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Greece, New York; and University Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Michigan.
Jenny King has been active as a carillonneur at Christ Church Cranbrook since 1995. The Grosse Pointe resident also is carillonneur at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit’s Indian Village and is assistant carillonneur at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she teaches first-year carillon students. She studied carillon with William De Turk at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church; Mr. De Turk presently is carillonneur at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. Jenny King is a graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and works as a freelance automotive and business writer for print and electronic media.
Director of Saint Francis Choir
Kate Bublitz directs the Saint Francis children’s choir, a musical ensemble devoted to developing children’s young voices and their love of singing. Kate has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin and a Masters of Arts in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. She has taught vocal music in Michigan for twenty-five years; the majority of her years have been in the Bloomfield Hills Public School District. Kate also directed the children’s choirs at Kirk in the Hills and sang in the choir here at Christ Church Cranbrook. Kate is married and has three sons. In her spare time, Kate enjoys skiing, golfing, knitting and is tackling a new musical adventure, the carillon.