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Our Music Department

James Kennerley, MA MMUS, FRCO, Organist and Choirmaster

Hailing from the south of England, Mr Kennerley served as a boy chorister at Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex before attending Harrow School. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge where he read music and was organ scholar. After taking his B.A. he went down to London where he served as Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral from 2005 to 2006. He came to the United States in 2006 to serve as director of the choir of men and boys at Christ Church, Greenwich. From 2008 to 2013 he served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin here in Manhattan, and during this time he has also served as Assisting Musician at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Trinity Wall Street. In addition, Mr Kennerley has been in high demand by many professional ensembles as both a singer and organist. This year Mr Kennerley begins the M.Mus. program in historical music performance at the Juilliard School. This academic work should dovetail beautifully with his activities here at Saint Ignatius. More information is available on Mr Kennerley’s website.