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. Other recordings include Psalms and Ritual Music (director and cantor) for WLP, and guest solos on Byzantine Rite composer Roman Hurko’s recording of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with the Schola Cantorum of Chicago and Loving You: Sacred Folk Songs by Miriam Therese Winter, with artists that include Janis Ian, Melba Moore, and John McDermott. Joe’s performance background includes international tours, Off-Broadway, and solo shows. In 2008, he was honored to serve as psalmist for the papal Mass in Yankee Stadium. For information on Joe Simmons’ recordings, concerts, and workshops, please visit www.JoeSimmons.net.