Music at Resurrection

Music at Resurrection

Director of Music Roy Guenther 

Roy Guenther began his tenure as Organist/Choirmaster at Resurrection in 1969, shortly after arriving in Washington to become a trombone-playing member of the United States Marine Band.  A native of Kansas, Roy earned two degrees (Music Education and Music Theory) from the University of Kansas prior to his move East.  Following his duty with the Marines, he continued his education at Catholic University, completing a Master's and a PhD in Musicology.  He subsequently joined the music faculty at George Washington University where he became Music Department Chair in 1983 and later Executive Associate Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  He retired from GW in 2013.

Guenther was for many years an active free-lance trombonist throughout the Washington area, performing in many concert halls and theaters.  In 2005 he completed 30 years playing trombone and celeste with the Washington Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  He wrote over 100 concert reviews for The Washington Post, and he also has written articles and books in the field of Russian music.  Many of his compositions and arrangements of liturgical music have been heard at Resurrection, and his Ten Hymn Accompaniments for Trumpet and Organ and Four Festival Gospel Acclamations will be published by MorningStar Music Publishers in 2019.

Roy is married to the well-known organist and author, Dr. Eileen Guenther, Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary.  The Guenthers have a daughter, Christina, who is a middle school choral teacher in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Their family is completed by a Samoyed named Luna.


Music at Resurrection Series

Music at Resurrection is an annual series of music programs that are presented either in concert (typically on a Saturday afternoon, open to the public) or in the context of special worship services (e.g., All Saints Sunday, a setting of the Passion according to St. John for Good Friday). Thus, the series is both an outreach to the community and enhances our special worship services. The series has featured appearances by the chamber group Ibis, the 18th St. Singers, the U.S. Army Chorus, piano and violin soloists, and hymn festivals led by Donald Busarow, Peter Lea-Cox, and David Cherwien. The series, now in its 14th year, is supported by The Music Fund and by freewill offerings.



He escaped an F-5 tornado by a distance of 12 miles. A fifth grade boy’s knock on the door helped set the course of his career. He was known as Methuselah. He is fluent in Russian and an aficionado of spy novels. There’s a lot to know about our beloved organist and choirmaster, Roy Guenther.