Our MuSIC Team

Ron gillis

Choir Director


Ron Gillis is a composer, conductor, singer, and music educator. A native El Pasoan, Ron spent 25 years in San Diego where he directed successful church music programs and several community ensembles. In 1991, Ron was one of the founders and the artistic director of the San Diego Choral Artists, a professional choral ensemble that specialized in music of the 20th century, including many premiere works by San Diego composers. In 1996, the Choral Artists together with the San Diego Children’s Choir premiered Requiem in Memoriam – Oklahoma City, a piece composed by Mr. Gillis in response to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995.


Ron has been on the faculties of many colleges and universities including San Diego State University where has taught music history, theory, voice, choral conducting, and music education. As a composer, Ron has written a large amount of sacred music in addition to songs and works for the piano. Ron returned to El Paso in 2011 and has continued composing many works including "Seven Words from the Cross: Meditations on the last words of Christ."


For the past two years, Ron has sung in the choir and has composed several pieces for the choir and soloists at St. Clement. He and his wife, Charlene, reside in the upper valley and have become active members in the life of the church.

Stephen jones

Organist


Stephen Jones is a classically trained concert pianist and operatic tenor. He has over 40 years of international, professional experience in accompanying and directing music in churches as well as Broadway musicals. He studied piano, voice, pipe organ, and electronic music while pursuing a Music Theory and Composition degree at UTEP. He is currently Organist and Music Director at Peace Lutheran and St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal churches.

The Rev. Rick Milliorn

Contemporary Music Director


Rick is a kid from the neighborhood who started leading worship at St. Clement's Parish School in 5th grade. He is a St. Clement's School alumnus who has served at the Church of St. Clement most of his life and continues to serve now as Senior Associate to the Rector. Rick is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, has recorded three albums, and continues to compose music. Rick is bilingual and bicultural and a life-long El Pasoan.

Rick Garven

Organist - Choirmaster Emeritus


Rick served as St. Clement's organist for 40 years and choirmaster for 38 years. He retired in February of 2022.


Rick is also the organist for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) and a staff organist at the Plaza Theater. He holds the A.A.G.O. degree from the American Guild of Organists as well as the B.A. degree from Pasadena College (Point Loma University) as well as the M.Mus. from the University of North Texas. In addition to the EPSO, Rick has performed with the UTEP chorale, El Paso Wind Symphony, Edge of Texas Band, and the 42 Army Band. Rick has held offices in the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.