Joseph Golden, (BM, MM University of North Texas) is director of opera, professor of organ and coordinator of music history and literature. He is active as an adjudicator, lecturer, vocal coach, conductor, composer and organ recitalist, with recent recitals at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Golden was editor for music and literature for RILM Abstracts and was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998 and the new international Who's Who in Music in 1997. Mr. Golden is organist/choirmaster emeritus for life at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, where he served thirteen years as music director. During that tenure, Mr. Golden served four terms on the liturgy and music commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and, with the Trinity Choir, accepted an invitation to sing a choral concert at the National Cathedral, made an acclaimed recording of Christmas music and presented the world premier of Richard Proulx's “Psalm 118”, during Trinity's 150th anniversary celebration, as well as conducted Schubert's Mass in G, Faure's Requiem and other masterworks. Mr. Golden has served the Music Teachers National Association by serving on the MTNA Convention Program Steering Committee and by appearing as an organ recitalist, lecturer and judge for the National Organ Playing Final Competition at the MTNA National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Golden is also active as a consultant for new organ projects. He is the designer of the Letourneau in Legacy Hall of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Mr. Golden is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association, Opera America, Music Teachers National Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda. Most recently, Mr. Golden has been appointed the first permanent advisor for the Metropolitan Opera Council on Creating Original Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City.