Music Department StaffDr. 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. 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 www.pipeorgancds.com. Jennifer is also an organist on the World Library Publication 8-CD recording of Psalms and Ritual Music.
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.
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.
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)
First Assistant Organist (1930-1933)
Assistant Organist (1933-1972)
Dr. Charles M. Courboin
Director of Music (1943-1970)
Director of Music & Organist (1970-1990)
Associate Organist (1970-1990)
Principal Organist (1990-2014)
Principal Organist Emeritus (2014)
Director of Music (1990-1997)
Associate Organist (1991-1995)
Stephen J. Tharp
Associate Organist (1995-1996)
Stanley H. Cox
Associate Organist (1997-2007)
Interim Director of Music (1997-1999)
Director of Music (1999-2001)
Don Stefano Concordia
Director of Music (2001)
Director of Music (2001-2003)
Dr. Jennifer Pascual
Director of Music (2003-present)
Assistant Organist (2006-2007)
Assistant Organist (2007-2008)
Associate Director of Music (2008-present)
Assistant Organist (2008-2011)
Dr. Stephen Rapp
Assistant Organist (2012-present)
Assistant Director of Music (2015-present)
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