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 fourth season as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; his eighth season as Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York; and his tenth season as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus.

In addition, Tritle is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. He is the host of the weekly radio show “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle,” a weekly hour-long radio program on New York’s Classical 105.9 WQXR and wqxr.org devoted to the vibrant genre of choral music and the breadth of activity in the choral community. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2015–2016 season, building on a sweeping, sold-out performance in March 2015 of Verdi’s Requiem by the combined forces of the Oratorio Society of New York and the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Tritle will lead the same groups in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand,” at the Cathedral. On the other end of the intimacy scale is “Four Quarters of Jerusalem,” a concert and new recording by Kent leading the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine and early/world ensemble Rose of the Compass performing music associated with the Holy Land. In the middle is a program showcasing the choral intricacy of Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in Alium and Strauss’s 20-part Deutsche Motette with Musica Sacra. And Tritle leads the world premiere of Evan Fein’s Deborah with Musica Sacra, the New York premiere of Marjorie Merryman’s Jonah with the Oratorio Society of New York, and the 2002 Requiem “Oratio Spei” by Juraj Filas—the Prague Symphony recording of which he conducted in 2013—also with the Oratorio Society.

Malcolm J. Merriweather, Associate Choirmaster
Malcolm J. Merriweather enjoys a professional career as a baritone, conductor and educator. He is the Choral Associate at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Director of Choirs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. For the 2015–2016 season, he begins his tenure as Artistic Director of the West Village Chorale and joins the faculty at Union Theological Seminary as a Guest Artist-in-Residence. Merriweather began his professional musical training as a chorister in the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, in Buffalo, New York. He attended Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, summa cum laude. Merriweather earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. He received a second Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the studio of Rita Shane, dramatic coloratura soprano at the Eastman School of Music. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the studio of Kent Tritle at Manhattan School of Music. His doctoral dissertation, “Now I walk in Beauty, Gregg Smith: A Biography and Complete Works Catalog,” constitutes the first complete works list for the composer and conductor. He is the New York ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music and Worship and has conducted festival choirs throughout the Eastern United States. Connect with him on Instagram and Twitter.

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
Madeline Apple Healey is the Music Administrator at the Cathedral. She joined the staff in July 2015, coming from Apollo's Fire where she served as Librarian, Chorus Manager and Assistant to the Music Director. Also a freelance soprano, Madeline has been praised for her "gorgeous singing" (The Washington Post) and "crystal clear coloratura" (Town Topics). She is an active concert soloist and ensemble singer, and has recorded on the Naxos, Pro Organo, Koch and Avie labels. Madeline holds degrees in voice from Westminster Choir College and Baldwin Wallace University. A Cleveland native, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY where, when she's not making music, she can be found making coffee and philosophizing with her dog, Kafka. madelineapplehealey.com; weareampersand.net

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