Simon Holt, Executive Director
Simon Holt received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Royal College of Music, London and a postgraduate teaching certificate from Goldsmiths’ College, London University. In addition he was a prizewinner at the Royal College of Organists in London.
While in the United Kingdom Simon gave organ recitals in Westminster Abbey, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, numerous Cathedrals and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also toured Europe widely and his performances have included those in Notre-Dame and Sacré Coeur in Paris as well as St. Mark’s Venice.
In May 1999 Simon and his family moved to Stonington, CT when he became Director of Music at Calvary Church. In September 2000 he became Director of Music at Pine Point School in Stonington and collaborated with Calvary Church in founding Calvary Music School for whom he was Executive Director until 2010. Also in 2000, Simon founded Salt Marsh Opera for whom he has been Artistic Director for many years. In September 2007 Simon was appointed Director of Music in School at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City.
In 2012, after two years as Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Head of Music at Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD (the oldest Episcopal boarding school in North America) Simon returned to Connecticut to become Executive Director of The United Theatre in Westerly, RI. As well as being the Executive Director of Thames Valley Music School, Simon is currently Director of Music at The Williams School in New London, Artistic Director and General Manager of Salt Marsh Opera and Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.