Music Ministry

Joe simmons

Joe Simmons

Director of Music

Joe Simmons is a nationally recognized music minister, speaker, and concert performer, originally from South Texas. He serves as Principal Cantor at the Church of St. John the Baptist in New York City and travels regularly to parishes and dioceses throughout the United States presenting concerts of inspirational music and clinics for cantors and lectors. A frequent speaker at pastoral music and liturgy conferences, he is author of The Work of the Cantor (World Library Publications) and co-author of Cantor Basics, 2nd Edition (OCP Publications). An active recording artist, Joe’s solo CDs, Singing Out and Sudden Waves, are widely used in healing ministries.

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Nancy meyer

Nancy Meyer

Choir

Nancy Meyer is a professional singer and actor. She began her professional career even before graduating from Shenadoah College and Conservatory of Music, when she did a National tour of Damn Yankees with Dick Van Dyke. This lead to numerous musicals in New York City and on tours throughout the US. She created the role of Mrs. Claus in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, where she performed at the famed Radio City Music Hall.

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Liseli lugo

Liseli Lugo

Choir

Liseli Lugo began singing at age 3 as she watched her father perform and realized that singing was in her blood. Having sung in church choirs for most of her teenage years, she has always sought to move people using the passion contained in her soulful and powerful voice. It was in 2006 that others started to notice her considerable talents as she sang back up for Josh Groban on the East Coast Leg of his Awake Tour and subsequently appeared with Groban on the David Letterman Show, and at the 2007 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony as well at the 2008 Fashion Week Zac Posen and Jeremy Scott Fashion Shows.

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Aaron diehl

Aaron Diehl

Pianist

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "The most promising discovery that [Wynton] Marsalis has made since Eric Reed." Aaron Diehl's distinctive interpretations of the music of Scott Joplin, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, and other masters pay homage to the tradition while establishing his own original voice.

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Preston smith

Preston Smith

Organist

Preston Smith is a church musician, pianist, organist, choral conductor, freelance accompanist for Broadway and opera singers, and music teacher. He moved to New York City in 2003 to be Associate Director of Music and Director of Choristers at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Park Avenue. In 2007 he was named Organist and Director of Music at the Church of the Ascension, Broadway and 107th Street, where he conducts a semi-professional choir of adults and plays over 200 masses each year. Also, he is Musical Director of the renowned Victor A. Perley Choristers, comprised of 35 middle schoolers representing Manhattan and beyond.

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Christiana liberis

Christiana Liberis

Violinist

Born in Italy of Italian, Greek, and Polish heritage, violinist/violist Christiana Liberis is a performer of international reach. Versatile in diverse musical genres, Christiana has collaborated in concert engagements across the globe and has mastered the art of playing in many different capabilities; not limited to the more well known classical forms of solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, and ballet, but also in tango, jazz, Broadway, electric improvisation, and other eclectic styles.

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Louis castano

Louis Castano

Percussionist

Percussionist Louis Castano, a native of northern New Jersey, cites music as a major force his his life. He started learning piano as a young child, and a few years later began studying percussion; undergraduate studies at Montclair State University introduced formal studies in vocal performance and music theory.

Louis has appeared in several musicals, including Godspell and Cinderella, and has been a member of the orchestra in others.

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Maeve hoglund

Maeve Höglund

Choir

Maeve Höglund, soprano, is a versatile artist who has been praised repeatedly in the New York Times as "a striking soprano," "outstanding," and one who "stands out among singers." For her performance of Arianna in Monteverdi’s "Lamento d’Arianna," presented by Musica Nuova, the New York Times wrote, "a consistently vivid actress, Ms. Höglund conveyed nearly as much with her flashing eyes as she did with her rich, penetrating voice". Maeve made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in the New York première of Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices with the Oratorio Society of New York, Kent Tritle conducting.

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Mika nishimura

Mika Nishimura

Choir

Mika Nishimura graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. During her time at Berklee, Mika was able to participate in many highly acclaimed festivals and showcases. She was selected to lead the Berklee Monterey Quartet and was chosen to perform her original music in Monterey, CA, at the Monterey Jazz Festival, one of the most anticipated annual jazz festivals. In addition to the festival, the quartet performed in many different venues around the East coast. Soon after, Mika received the award for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and performed for the IAJE in New York.

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