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Music Department Staff

Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music
Daniel Brondel, Associate Director of Music
Michael Hey, Assistant Director of Music
Robert M. Evers, Music Administrator
Donald Dumler, Principal Organist Emeritus

Listing of Organists & Directors of Music of St. Patrick's Cathedral

Dr. Jennifer Pascual was appointed Director of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City in 2003. She is the first woman to hold this position, one of the most prestigious sacred music appointments in the United States. Jennifer earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she studied with David Higgs and taught undergraduate theory courses. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with Nina Svetlanova and studied organ privately with Mc Neil Robinson. She received the Bachelor of Music Degrees in Piano and Organ Performance, magna cum laude, and Music Education from Jacksonville University in Florida where she studied with Mary Lou Wesley Krosnick and William Saunders and taught both organ and piano in the University’s Continuing Education Department. She was on the Artistic Staff of the Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc. from 1994 to 2003. She has served as an organist and choir director in the Dioceses of St. Augustine, FL and Rochester, NY, and the Archdioceses of Newark, NJ and New York City, NY, and has served at three Roman Catholic Cathedrals. She conducts the New York Archdiocesan Festival Chorale and is Professor and Director of Music of St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Yonkers, New York.

Dr. Pascual is a member of the American Guild of Organists; New York Archdiocesan Music Commission, currently serving as its chair; Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, having previously served on the Steering Committee; Liturgical Organists Consortium; EastWest Organists; and National Association of Pastoral Musicians, where she serves on the National Board and is a frequent recitalist and clinician at national conventions. She was a finalist in the 1990 Florida First Coast Piano Competition, performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Jacksonville University Community Orchestra in 1993 while also a French Horn player in the orchestra, performed in the 1995 Bach Aria Festival, was a featured soloist in the 2004 and 2012 International Bamboo Organ Festival in Manila and is a recipient of the Paderewski Medal and Theodore Presser Award. Jennifer has performed in Austria, Canada, Italy, Russia, the Philippines, and throughout the United States. In April 2008, she had the privilege of overseeing all of the liturgical music for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York in addition to conducting music for the Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Yankee Stadium and the Ecumenical Service at St. Joseph’s Church. Two weeks later, she conducted the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir for President George W. Bush at The White House for the National Day of Prayer. In December 2008, she named a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in recognition of service to the Church. She also conducted in performance twice during that Christmas season at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The New York Archdiocesan Festival Chorale, under Dr. Pascual's direction, has traveled to Italy, Austria and Germany, and in 2010, the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir was the only American choir invited to participate in the IX Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra in Rome and Vatican City.

With the broadcast of live Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM 129, Dr. Pascual can be heard conducting the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays. She also hosts a radio talk and music show called “Sounds from the Spires.” Her Organ Music & Gregorian Chant; Christmas Carols for Organ and Trumpet; and Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (choir) CDs from St. Patrick's Cathedral on the JAV label are available at the St. Patrick's Cathedral Gift Shop or Jennifer is also an organist on the World Library Publication 8-CD recording of Psalms and Ritual Music.

Versatile musician Daniel Brondel is the Associate Director of Music at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where he plays Masses each week that are broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He is also the Associate Director of the Cathedral Choir, and he manages the organ recital series and the visiting choirs concert series. He performs solo recitals in the United States and France, and has also appeared as soloist in piano concertos of Mozart and Rachmaninoff, and organ concertos of Poulenc and Jongen.

Mr. Brondel is the Artistic Director of The Salvatones, a new vibrant professional choral ensemble based in New York City. He made his Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) debut in 2010 as narrator in a performance of Erik Satie's Sports et divertissements. Daniel has also recorded and appeared regularly as countertenor soloist (Schnittke’s Requiem and Bach’s B-minor Mass) with Grammy-Award-winner Paul Halley, and has sung with the Gentlemen of the Choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. He has performed extensively in oratorios of Bach and Handel, and in opera, notably the lead role of Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Praised for a colorful timbre and an exceptionally wide vocal range, he is featured as solo sopranist in Aural Borealis, a CD recording by award-winning Publick Musick. His first solo-organ album, The Glory of the Organ, recorded at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in 2010 on the JAV label, is available in the Cathedral’s Gift Shop, from JAV Recordings and on iTunes.

Daniel Brondel’s JAV recording of his improvised Organ Fanfare (2010) was featured on Pipedreams, a national radio program of organ music. It is the first music selection of Program #1103: “Domestic Issues” (2011), which focuses on new American organ recordings.

In 2005, Daniel Brondel founded the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Singers, the first auditioned youth choir at the Cathedral in over fifty years. The Young Singers performed in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to New York City in April 2008. Following a televised prayer service led by the pontiff, Mr. Brondel was heard playing organ works of Bach for several minutes on the worldwide television broadcast. In October 2010, he played the organ at Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican) for the Mass that opened the 9th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art.

Prior to his appointment at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Mr. Brondel was the Director of Music & Organist at nearby historic St. Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel), following in the legacy of famed organist/composer Paul Creston. He also served as Director of Music at St. Anne Church, in Rochester, NY, and as University Organist at the University of Rochester.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with David Higgs and improvisation with Gerre Hancock and Rick Erickson, Mr. Brondel holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance. At Eastman, he did further doctoral work in organ and musicology, and studied voice with Jane McCoy. Master class teachers included Gillian Weir, Ludger Lohmann, Russell Saunders and Pierre Sancan. Mr. Brondel earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance cum laude from Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he studied piano with Geoffrey Haydon and organ with Sarah Martin. During his entire college career, he was a singer and French-diction coach for the Grammy-Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, directed by Robert Shaw. Recipient of a grant from the Theodore Presser Foundation, several prestigious academic fellowships, and winner of various piano competitions, Daniel Brondel also won the First Prize at the 1996 Arthur Poister Competition and the Second Prize at the 1996 National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing of the American Guild of Organists in New York City.

A native of southern France, Mr. Brondel has lived in the United States since 1988. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Schola Cantorum on Hudson.

Described as "flashy" and "exciting" (The American Organist), Michael Thomas Crisostomo Hey has been captivating audiences across the country. In June 2014 Michael was enlisted for concert management by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. More recently, Michael was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in January 2015.

He has been the featured organ soloist in the New York City Ballet’s newly commissioned work Acheron. Set to the music of Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Michael's performance at its premiere was "vividly played" (The New York Times). Michael will be performing for dance again in March 2015 when he performs works of J.S. Bach with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the inaugural season of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center.

He made his New York City debut in Alice Tully Hall performing a Handel organ concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. Stan Metzger of Seen and Heard International remarked, “Mr. Hey performed admirably, playing without a score in front of him and making the music seem improvisatory in a way that Handel might have played it.” In the fall of 2013 he participated in a performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, arranged for brass, organ, and percussion, with the New World Symphony.

During the summer of 2013, Michael performed at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ national convention in Washington, D.C. and in 2012 he played at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been featured on Hawaii Public Radio and has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams playing his transcription of Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride in Alice Tully Hall.

Michael recently graduated from the five-year degree program at The Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance under Paul Jacobs.

Not exclusively a classical organist, Michael enjoys playing solo piano, chamber music, improvising, transcribing, and collaborating with other musicians and artists. His transcription of the Passacaille from Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio can be heard on the new album Divine Splendor, recorded by Ray Nagem on the organ of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and released under the label Pro Organo.

Donald Dumler joined the staff of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in 1970 as Associate Organist. In 1990 he was named Principal Organist of the Cathedral, and in 2009 played his fortieth Christmas Midnight Mass, a service that is broadcast throughout the world on both television and radio. Mr. Dumler played for over 600 services a year in the Cathedral. Many of these were weddings and funerals, and given the stature of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, many of the services were for or were attended by celebrities and notable personages in governments and business. Of special importance were services celebrated during Pope John Paul II’s two visits to New York in 1979 and 1995.

Mr. Dumler was born in Oklahoma and had early training with Curtis Chambers in Oklahoma City. Later he studied with Mildred Andrews at the University of Oklahoma and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School in New York City studying with Vernon de Tar. As with all young musicians, performance must begin somewhere, and for Mr. Dumler, this occasion was in Okeene, Oklahoma, at the age of twelve when he performed for the closing banquet of the annual rattlesnake hunt. Since that time, however, the venues have changed. Other than numerous recitals throughout the United States, Mr. Dumler has made two previous recordings and has performed with The Juilliard Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra in both Carnegie Hall and Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

In 2009, Mr. Dumler played to a more than sold-out crowd in his home state of Oklahoma, with a closed-circuit broadcast in a second venue to accommodate the crowds.

On May 1, 2014, Donald Dumler was named Principal Organist Emeritus of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in recognition of his more than four dacades of faithful and dedicated service. His tenure was the longest of any musician in the history of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Organists & Music Directors of Saint Patrick's Cathedral

William F. Pecher
Organist (and Director of Music) (1879-1904)

Jacques C. Ungerer
Assistant Organist & Director of Chancel Choir (1893-1904)
Organist (and Director of Music) (1904-1929)

Pietro A. Yon
Assistant Organist (1927-1929)
Director of Music (1929-1943)

Msgr. Joseph I. Rostagno
Vice-Director of Music (1929-1935)

Paolo Giaquinto
First Assistant Organist (1930-1933)

Edward Rivetti
Assistant Organist (1933-1972)

Dr. Charles M. Courboin
Director of Music (1943-1970)

John Grady
Director of Music & Organist (1970-1990)

Donald Dumler
Associate Organist (1970-1990)
Principal Organist (1990-2014)
Principal Organist Emeritus (2014)

John-Michael Caprio
Director of Music (1990-1997)

Alan Davis
Associate Organist (1991-1995)

Stephen J. Tharp
Associate Organist (1995-1996)

Stanley H. Cox
Associate Organist (1997-2007)

John West
Interim Director of Music (1997-1999)

Robert Long
Director of Music (1999-2001)

Don Stefano Concordia
Director of Music (2001)

Johannes Somary
Director of Music (2001-2003)

Dr. Jennifer Pascual
Director of Music (2003-present)

Christopher Berry
Assistant Organist (2006-2007)

Daniel Brondel
Assistant Organist (2007-2008)
Associate Director of Music (2008-present)

Stephen Fraser
Assistant Organist (2008-2011)

Dr. Stephen Rapp
Assistant Organist (2012-present)

Michael Hey
Assistant Director of Music (2015-present)

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Cathedral Concert Archive
A sampling of previous notable concerts