Saturday, June 11, 2016

J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016)

J. Reilly Lewis, the longtime Washington choral director and organist, has died at 71.

A onetime boy chorister at Washington National Cathedral, Lewis had been director of the Cathedral Choral Society for more than 30 years. He had served as organist and choirmaster of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington since 1971.

Beyond the Washington area, Lewis was best-known as director of the Washington Bach Consort, which he founded in 1977 and developed into one of the most highly regarded early music ensembles in the US.

A remembrance by The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette: