Faculty & Staff Directory

  • Mr. Orlando Pandolfi
    Music Program Director
    (603) 229-4681
    Bio
     
    A native of Massachusetts, Orlando “O” Pandolfi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in orchestral performance from The Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of the E. and W. Naumberg Scholarship, the Jerome Greene Fellowship, and was a teaching fellow for the legendary Juilliard professor Mary Anthony Cox.
     
    As a horn player, he has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as well as in China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Maccau, performing with ensembles such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Winds, Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa, the Gotham City Wind Quintet, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Oregon Symphony, Boston Festival Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and many others.
     
    Mr. Pandolfi began his independent school teaching career at Tabor Academy in 1982, directing the choir, musical theatre performances, and coaching football. After spending a year performing and teaching in Rome, he joined the faculty at Deerfield Academy, where he served for 17 years as director of music, as well as a dormitory resident and JV football coach. While at Deerfield, Mr. Pandolfi was awarded the Schoolmaster’s Chair and the J. Clement Schuler Distinguished Chair, and in 1998 was honored by Union College with the Gideon Hawley Award for outstanding teaching at the secondary level. During that time, he was also an adjunct music faculty member at Amherst and Williams Colleges.
     
    Prior to joining the faculty of St. Paul’s as director of the Music Program in the fall of 2012, Mr. Pandolfi served as head of performing arts at Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y.
  • Mrs. Mary Dolch
    Associate Director of Chapel Music
    Bio
     
    Originally from Concord, N.H., Mary Dolch earned her master's degree from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music, where she studied organ with Thomas Murray. While a student there, she served as the Interim Director of Music & Organist for Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien, Conn. Prior to that, she earned a bachelor's degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., graduating summa cum laude with a major in organ performance and a minor in piano pedegogy. She has won several awards for her playing in both piano and organ, including The Charles Ives Prize (Yale School of Music) in 2015, The Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ in 2014, and The Westminster Piano Scholarship in 2012. As a choral singer, she has performed in venues throughout the United States, England and Paris, such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Philadelphia Kimmel Center, The Cathedral Basillica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Westminster Abbey, St. John’s College Cambridge, Lancing College Chapel, Saint-Sulpice, and two live radio broadcasts by the BBC in 2015.

    Mrs. Dolch is thrilled to be joining the ranks of St. Paul's School this year, where she will be living on campus with her new husband, Eric, and their Newfoundland puppy, Hildegard.
  • Mr. Rodger Ellsworth
    Coordinator of Strings (Arts Adjunct)
    (603) 229-5500, ext. 6043
    Bio
     
    A Washington, D.C. native, Rodger Ellsworth began string studies at the age of four, studying with henri Sokoloff, concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestera. At 14 he discovered the viola, and began studies with Alan de Veritch, who is currently professor of viola at Indiana University. Mr. Ellsworth’s professional career began within two years, and by age 16 he was a member of the American Federation of Musicians.
     
    Mr. Ellsworth attended the prestigious North Carolina school of the Arts where he pursued an apprenticeship wit hteh violist Jerry Horner and the Claremont Quartet. During this time he gained valuable experience performing quartets and chamber music. Additionally, he coached with artists, such as Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker, Erich Friedman, Ruggerio Rici, and the Tokyo Quartet. He was soon invited to perform in regional chamber concerts and symphonies. His advanced concservatory education includes chamber music studies wit the Curtic Quartet at the New School of Music in Phliadelphia, Pa., where he studied with Max Aronoff.
    In 1978, Mr. Ellsworth joined the Kennedy Center opeara House Orchester with whom he spent the next 21 years as associate principle violinist, performing ballet, orchestral, and chamber music concerts at the Kennedy Center, and at concert halls throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
     
    Mr. Ellsworth now resides in New Hampshire, where he teaches at Plymouth State University and St. Paul’s School.
  • Mr. James Jim McGuire
    Music Teaching Staff
    (603) 229-4682
  • Nicholas White
    Director of Chapel Music and Organist
    (603) 229-4645
    Bio
     
    In 2011, Nicholas White was appointed to the post of director of Chapel music and organist, in 2012 being named chair of the Arts Department at the School. Mr. White’s musical career has evolved over a period of 25 years spent in the United States. He is a Grammy-nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2013 he was appointed music director of the Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.
    Mr. White has given many performances throughout the United States, with a steady stream of commissions from musical organizations across the world. Immediately prior to his appointment at St. Paul’s, he was artistic director of Joyful Noise (Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus), a choral organization based in Northwest Connecticut, and organist and choirmaster of St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, Mass. Mr. White was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become organ scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, from 1986 to 1989. Since coming to the U.S. in 1989, Mr. White has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools, including Washington National Cathedral (assistant organist and choirmaster), Cathedral Choral Society (keyboard artist) and Woodley Ensemble (music director) in Washington, D.C.; and St. Michael’s Church (organist and choirmaster), Dalton School (choir director), and Columbia University (adjunct organist) in New York City.
    In 2003 Mr. White founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group's first CD, "O Magnum Mysterium" was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, "In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White,” was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label. His all-Bach organ recording – “The Amsterdam Bach” – is available on the Pro Organo label. His work is also represented on the Gothic, Raven, Meridian and Gamut labels.

    Mr. White is an active and critically acclaimed composer, with music published by Hinshaw, Trinitas, Augsburg Fortress, Mark Foster and Oxford University Press. His large-scale work for solo soprano, chorus, organ, brass and percussion -"Magnificat" - was premiered at the National Cathedral in 1997, and was performed in a newly orchestrated version in May 2009. Other commissions include "Full Freedom," a piece for multiple choirs, instrumentalists and dancers, written for the annual choral tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January 2002 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, D.C., commissioned White’s 2013 setting of Poe’s “The Raven,” which received great critical acclaim and was recently repeated at the School.