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Ray Nagem

Raymond Nagem

Raymond Nagem is delighted to return to the Geneva Music Festival for a second year. He is Associate Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and a member of the organ faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches organ literature, service playing, and improvisation. He completed his D.M.A. at The Juilliard School in May 2016, where he was a student of Paul Jacobs.

A native of Medford, Mass., Dr. Nagem attended the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and began organ lessons there with John Dunn. He earned his B. A. from Yale University in 2009, as a double major in Music and Psychology, and studied the organ with Thomas Murray, and his M. A. in 2011 from Juilliard. He has worked since 2010 at St. John the Divine, where he has primary responsibility for service playing and choral accompaniment and frequently conducts the cathedral’s several choral ensembles. In addition to these duties, he performs in recital both in New York and across the country.

Highlights for the 2017-18 season include a guest appearance with the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble under the direction of Mack Wilberg, a performance of Zoltán Kodály’s Laudes Organi, and a recital featuring Karg-Elert’s magnificent and rarely played Organ Symphony. His album Divine Splendor is available on the Pro Organo label.

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