Richard L. Allen, DMA, is organist and choir director at Saint Francis of Assisi RC Church, Harford Road, Baltimore. Previously he was Organist/Direct of Music at St. Patrick’s RC Church in Havre de Grace, MD for 17 years. Previous full time positions were held in Michigan, Ohio and Delaware. Richard has served as Dean of AGO chapters in Toledo, Ohio, Wilmington, DE (twice) and Baltimore. He has served as chairman of the American Guild of English Handbells in Areas V and III. He served for many years on the executive board of AGEHR and was music editor for a number of years. His organ training began with a summer with George Markey, then a private student of Dr. Alexander McCurdy at the Curtis Institute, followed by degrees from the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and there a student of McCurdy for 5years; a degree from the Presbyterian School of Education and Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia before studying with Dr. Marylyn Mason at the School of Music in Ann Arbor, Mich. Richard also designed and was responsible for the installation of three new organs in previous churches, one Austin and two Casavant organs.
Karen holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts (Piano Performance) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Masters in Liturgical Music from the Catholic University of Maryland. She is currently pursuing an online graduate certificate in liturgy from St. John’s University, Collegeville. Karen's love of music and liturgy led her to join the Catholic Church in 1984. She has been an organist at Ascension Church in Old Bowie, St. Bernadette's in Severn and Our Lady of the Fields. After completing her master's degree, she accepted the position of Music Director at St. Edward the Confessor in Bowie, Maryland where she ministered for seven years before returning to Our Lady of the Fields in August 2011 as the current Music Director. Karen has been a member of NPM for many years and has been the Anne Arundel County Liaison to the Baltimore Chapter. Karen also teaches piano in her home. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two grown sons. She lives in Gambrills with husband, Mark, and five cats.