C.S. Lewis Summer Institute

The Self & the Search for Meaning

Full Conference : July 28-August 8

Week 1 (Oxford) : July 28-August 2

Week 2 (Cambridge): August 3-8

Artists & Performers

Tony Lawton Tony Lawton Founder of The Mirror Theatre Company, the mission statement of which is:  "Spiritual theatre for a secular audience."  He taught acting and directing for two years at the University of Notre Dame where he earned a B.A. in Classics and an M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University.  He has acted professionally for 14 years, mostly in Philadelphia.  He is well known for his one-man shows:  Shel Silverstein's "The Devil and Billy Markham," and his own adaptations of C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" and "The Screwtape Letters," as well as Frederick Buechner's "Godric."
The City of Oxford Orchestra The City of Oxford Orchestra Founded in 1965, Oxford’s professional orchestra is firmly committed to providing live, classical music of the highest quality to the widest possible audience. The Orchestra has played to acclaim in most of the capital cities of Europe, while also providing year-round concerts in Oxford's beautiful, historic buildings - in particular, the stunning Sheldonian Theatre.
Jonathan Crutchfield

Jonathan Crutchfield Jonathan Crutchfield has received degrees in the United States from Southern Wesleyan University (piano performance); Florida State University (choral conducting); and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (DMA in choral conducting). He has taught on three US music faculties. Dr. Crutchfield has accompanied singers, instrumentalists, and conductors throughout the world as well as choirs at the regional and national levels of the ACDA. He has been heard on the BBC as service organist for the International Church Music Festival (Bern, Switzerland). Other organ venues include Japan, Canada, and the US. He is a published choral and organ composer. He currently is the Choir Master at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Paul Barnes Paul Barnes Praised by the New York Times for his Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity, pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured four times on APRs Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier magazine. Barnes recently commissioned and gave the world premier performance of Philip Glasss Piano Concerto No. 2 (After Lewis and Clark). Barnes is Professor and Co-chair of Piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. He teaches during the summer at the Boesendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna . With performances throughout Europe, the Near East, the Far East, and the U.S., Barnes' unique lecture/recitals have received international acclaim. Liszt and the Cross: Music as Sacrament in the B Minor Sonata explores the fascinating relationship between music, theology, and the Orthodox icon. Barnes' live recording of this lecture recital was recently released on the Liszt Digital label. Barnes released his eleventh CD last February entitled "The American Virtuoso" featuring the music of Samuel Barber, Joan Tower, and Philip Glass. Barnes also serves as head chanter at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln, Nebraska where his fascination with Byzantine chant led to a commissioned piano concerto written by Victoria Bond based on an Orthodox chant.
Kate Butler

Kate Butler A leading mezzo-soprano who has established herself as an international vocal artist; concert appearances have included the Brooklyn Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Chicago's Grant Park Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Basel Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle, the Juilliard Symphony, and Carnegie Hall, as well as concert soloist at Oxbridge 2002 and 2005. Ms. Butler has taught at California State University at San Bernardino and Oklahoma State University. She is presently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Photo Coming Soon! Mellstock Band A group of four musicians who entertain with a unique combination of singing, instrumental music and spoken word, encompassing west gallery harmony, traditional songs, glees, dances, marches, poems and stories. With their authentic instruments and songs they have performed all over England, and taken their music to Europe, Africa and the United States. They have also appeared in productions for film, television, radio and theatre. They will perform for the dinner and country dance at Chilford Hall, outside Cambridge, teaching the steps as they play.

Institute Chorale







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Institute Chorale The C.S. Lewis Foundation incorporates a full fledged Choral Institute as an integral component of its Summer Institute offerings. The choir will consist of auditioned choral singers who sincerely desire to participate fully in the wide range of conference programming while also gaining immeasurable experience in choral performance through participation in both concert and worship settings. The purpose of the Choral Institute is to enhance the aesthetic and spiritual experience of all attendees through the choral artistry of singers who are deeply interested in exploring the intersection of Christ and culture in an interdisciplinary setting while also participating in an exceptional choral program conducted in world-class venues, including The Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Ely Cathedral, and King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

The 2008 Institute Chorale will be under the direction of Stanley L. Roberts, interim dean of the Townsend School of Music, who is in his twelfth year as Director of Choral Activities at Mercer University.  Dr. Roberts directs the Mercer Singers (40 voices), which has toured successfully throughout Europe and in Japan (2007), as well as the 45-voice Mercer Women's Choir, while teaching courses in conducting. A passionate educator, Dr. Roberts has been chosen as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (2001) and Professor of the Year (2004) by Mercer’s Student Government Association.  Highly regarded as a conductor and clinician, he has conducted All-States and Honor Choirs throughout the United States as well as workshops in universities, colleges, churches, and schools. He is the founder of jubilate! -- a mass-choir experience for church youth choirs -- and formerly served as Director of The Georgian Renaissance Singers. Dr. Roberts also serves as minister of music at the First Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia. An active member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, he has served on the Advisory Board for Georgia ACDA and as the All-College Chorus Chair for GMEA.





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