Director of Music
Andrew Kotylo, Organist/Choirmaster, comes to St. Peter’s with a wealth of experience as a church musician. Having previously served Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Catholic churches and cathedrals, he has worked with an especially wide variety of musical and liturgical traditions in worship. Most recently, he was Associate Director of Music at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was involved with every facet of a comprehensive music program that included the state’s oldest choir of men and boys.
Dr. Kotylo holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (BMus, MMus, and DMus) where he studied organ with Christopher Young and Larry Smith and choral conducting with William Jon Gray. Other teachers have included Carolyn Albaugh, the late Searle Wright, Jonathan Biggers, and John Schwandt. His dissertation concerns the life and organ works of Searle Wright, and he was assisted in his research by a grant from the American Guild of Organists National and Library at Boston University given by the widow of the concert organist, E. Power Biggs.
As an organist, he has concertized throughout the United States and in England, with performances at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Association of Anglican Musicians that have earned critical acclaim. He has also been a top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the American Guild of Organists' National Young Artists Competition, the Arthur Poister Competition, the San Marino Competition, and the Ottumwa National Undergraduate Competition. He has been featured several times on American Public Media's nationally-syndicated radio show Pipedreams.
Dr. Kotylo is active as a private organ teacher and has been a faculty member for A.G.O. summer “Pipe Organ Encounters” for young organists. He is a frequent workshop presenter for the A.G.O. and has served as a chapter dean and as program co-chair for the 2015 Region I Convention. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Andrea Boudra Kotylo, and daughter, Eleanor.
Director, Contemporary Ensemble and Coro Hispano
Matthew DeGuire has directed the Contemporary Ensemble for twenty nine years. He has devoted almost his entire life to pastoral music ministry as a cantor, guitarist, liturgist and ensemble director.
In addition to the Contemporary Ensemble, since 2002, he has served as director of St. Peter’s Coro Hispano, which leads the congregational singing during the Spanish language Sunday liturgy and other special bilingual liturgies. An active member of the theater community, he has appeared on stage in close to one hundred community and professional theater productions.
Mr. DeGuire has also performed as a guest vocal soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Symphony and toured internationally in Pau and Arles, France. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama, and continued graduate studies at the University of South Carolina.
Randy Moore has been the piano accompanist for the St.Peter's Contemporary Ensemble since 1990, and for the Coro Hispano since its inception in 2002. He studied piano in Memphis, TN, Aiken, S.C. and at the University of South Carolina. He has accompanied choirs, concert performances and musical theatre productions in South Carolina and throughout the U.S.
As Music Director he has led vocal and instrumental ensembles in dozens of theater productions at Workshop and Trustus Theatres, as well as the South Carolina Shakespeare Company. In addition, he has written and directed benefit performances for several local charities. Mr. Moore is often in demand as Music Director for numerous organizations and theaters.