Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music & Organist
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Music Staff

Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music & Organist
Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is in his sixth season as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; his tenth season as Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York; and his twelfth season as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus.

In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

In the summer of 2016, Kent made his Asian debut, an appearance at South Korea’s Great Mountains Music Festival and School conducting The National Chorus of Korea and the GMMFS Orchestra in a program featuring Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. This landmark event launches a 2016-17 season highlighted by the U.S. premiere of Einojuhani Rautaavara’s Vigilia (the full work) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; masterpiece masses by Bach and Mozart with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall; programs of Palestrina, Arvo Pärt, and Sir John Tavener, and of Bach, Britten, and Brahms with Musica Sacra; and the third annual presentation of a major choral work by the Oratorio Society and the Manhattan School of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Britten’s War Requiem.


Bryan Zaros, Associate Choirmaster
Bryan Zaros is a young American conductor recognized for his “strong musical imagination” and “deep sense of musicality and communication.” A native New Yorker, Bryan received a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Michigan. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music.

Bryan began his professional musical training as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and as a boy chorister at The Church of the Transfiguration NYC. At the age of sixteen he was appointed the Assistant Choirmaster at Transfiguration while also serving as the Assistant Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Park Avenue; leading them on their tour of English Cathedrals, conducting services at Salisbury, Portsmouth, Southwark and Canterbury Cathedrals. Recent conducting engagements have included invitations with choirs and orchestras in England, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Argentina, Greece, Slovenia and Romania. Most notably he has conducted concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and at American Choral Director’s Association Conferences. He is a recipient of several conducting awards including an American Prize award in Conducting.

Most recently, Bryan served as the Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old Farms School, an exclusive all male boarding high school in Avon, Connecticut; as the Conductor of the Archdiocesan Choir and Orchestra at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford; and as a conductor of choirs at the University of Hartford. Bryan began his tenure as the Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in August 2016 and made his conducting debut with the Cathedral’s Choirs at Westminster Abbey, London.


Raymond Nagem, Associate Music Director
Raymond Nagem is Associate Music Director at the Cathedral and a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he teaches the survey course in organ literature. He is a student of Paul Jacobs.

Nagem earned his B.A. from Yale University, where he studied with Thomas Murray, and his M.M. from The Juilliard School. He has held positions at The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont and at Christ Church, New Haven.

In addition to his responsibilities for service playing and choral accompaniment, he works regularly with the Cathedral Chorale and the Choristers.


Madeline Healey, Music Administrator
Praised by the Washington Post for her “gorgeous singing” in her Kennedy Center debut, “silken-voiced” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Madeline Apple Healey is a soloist and chamber musician based in New York, NY. Recent engagements include Bach's Mass in B Minor and Bernstein’s MASS with Choral Arts Society of Washington, Bach's Coffee Cantata with Apollo's Fire, and the U.S. premiere of Here All Night with Gare St. Lazare Ireland at The White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, as well as the roles of Olympia (Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Papagena (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte). This season she can be heard with Clarion Choir, Apollo's Fire, Tenet, The Thirteen, Amor Artis, AMPERSAND, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, The Choir of St.-Luke-in-the-Fields, and at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Ms. Healey holds degrees in voice from Westminster Choir College and Baldwin Wallace University, and has recorded on the NAXOS, KOCH, and AVIE labels. A Cleveland native, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY. madelineapplehealey.com; weareampersand.net

Madeline joined the staff in July 2015, and is the main contact person for all music-related questions at the Cathedral. She can be reached by email at mhealey@stjohndivine.org (preferred), or phone at (212) 316-7550.