Concerts at Saint Cecilia

At Saint Cecilia, we’re passionate about music.

Dedicated to the patroness of sacred music and neighbor to two world-renowned colleges of music, we are fortunate to partner with many musicians and musical organizations in Boston.

Most Recent Organ Recitals
Organ Recital Series 2021

Each month will feature performers that make the pipe organ come alive and opens your eyes to the amazing world of the King of Instruments. Tune in and hear the instrument’s 3,000 plus pipes and hear the ROAR that Boston’s third-largest pipe organ makes in this reverberant space. You’ll experience the organ’s magic, power, and versatility, the mystery of the organ’s unique sounds, the exciting music of the great composers for the pipe organ, and a fascinating fully hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind musical MACHINE that incorporates wood working, metal-smithing, electricity and electronics, computer technology, physics, acoustics, and a lot of other scientific and musical know-how.

You are invited to come hear the majesty of the four-keyboard Gilbert and Smith pipe organ in 30-minute FREE recitals of some of the most thrilling and sublime music written by the great musical geniuses of the pipe organ.

Even if you’re not a musician, familiar with the pipe organ at all, or one who rarely steps foot inside a church: these recitals are for YOU! The recital series events are geared to attract and engage people of all ages, those familiar with the pipe organ, and those who’ve never seen one up close, or are acquainted with its musical possibilities.

Be sure to join us on YouTube for each concert from 12:30-1:00 p.m. We will also post the links on the parish Facebook.

Upcoming Concerts in this Series

Click here to see this year’s schedule of talented musicians!

October 1: Thomas Mellan
November 5: Leo Abbott

Leo Abbott is a graduate of the St. Paul Choir School, Cambridge, and the Chaloff School of Music, Boston. His teachers include Theodore Marier, George Faxon, Clarence Watters and Flor Peeters, in organ; Naji Hakim inimprovisation, and Julius Chaloff in piano. He holds the Fellowship and Choir Master Certificates of the American Guild of Organists, has won first prize in several international and national competitions, and was a finalist at the”Grand Prix deChartres” in 1984. In 1986 he was appointed Music Director and Organist of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. After nearly 33 years, Mr. Abbott retired from the Cathedral, and was given the title of Music Directorand Organist Emeritus. Mr. Abbott has performed across the United States, in France, Belgium, Great Britain, and Ireland, and for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.

December 10: Maria Gajraj: Messiaen’s “La Nativité du Seigneur” on Messiaen’s 113th birthday Goes Here

Maria Gajrajis a dynamic multi-instrumentalist, specializing in piano and organ performance. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Organ Performance and Church Music at McGill University, in the studio of Prof. Hans-Ola Ericsson and Dr. Adrian Foster. Her research focuses on the role of the organist in the Caribbean Anglican Church. Maria has received scholarships from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the Royal College ofOrganists, McGill University, and Carleton University, and placed first in local music competitions in both organ and piano. Maria has performed in public master classes and played solo concerts throughout Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Cornwall, and live-streamed organ recitals during the COVID pandemic. Maria has had a private piano teaching studio for the past seven years. She has mentored her students as they compete in music festivals, and organizes seasonal recitals for her piano students. She is currently the Music Director of St. Lawrence Anglican Church in Montreal, and she has been working within churches of various denominations for the past five years, playing for choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists, and directing choirs.

January 7: Jeremy Bruns

Named “a coolly aristocratic player” by The Dallas Morning News, Jeremy S. Bruns has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams, BBC Radio, and the Pro Organo label. He has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC, and has performed numerous recitals with engagements including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel inPittsburgh, Adolphus Busch Hall, and the Fasor Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. As a church musician, Bruns has held positions in Boston, MA, Pittsburgh, PA and other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where he worked daily with the late John Scott and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX. He studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, earning the M.Mus. and the Performer’s Certificate. Mr. Bruns is Dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is represented byConcert Artist Cooperative.

February 25: Daryl Robinson

Daryl Robinson has earned international acclaim from critics and audiences alike, being described as an artist with “… a driving muscular poetry underpinned by nimble technique andnuanced sense of style …” (Choir and Organ) and possessing “… flawless technique and rhythmic verve…” (The American Organist). Winner of both First Prize and Audience Prize in the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Performance. Mr. Robinson currently serves as Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Houston and Cathedral Organist for Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal). Notable recital venues include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and Mr. Robinson has also been a featured artist at conventionsof the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists. Multiple critically-acclaimed commercial discs areavailable; these include the first commercial recording of the organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall, American Fantasia, and his debut soloalbum, Sempre Organo, both of which have garnered rave reviewsinternationally. Mr. Robinson is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. Further information, including recordings and current engagements, can be found at: www.darylrobinson.com.

March 11: Richard Clark

Richard J. Clark is an eclectic musician—composer, conductor, organist, pianist, and songwriter. He is currently the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Hepreviously served for twenty-eight years at Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston, Massachusetts as Music Directorand Organist, where he over saw a thriving music program and helped develop the Smith and Gilbert Organ of six divisions and fifty-four ranks. He is also currently Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College where he has served since 2004.

April 1 Peter Krasinsky

Peter Edwin Krasinski is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for thepipe organ community, and as a conductor, organist and music educator, whose imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances he specializes in live improvised silent film accompaniment, worldwide. He has premiered the art in major venues in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of a number of prizes including the First Prize in Improvisation from the American Guild of Organists National Competition. House Organist of the Providence Performing Arts Center, Mr. Krasinski was past Dean of the Boston Chapter AGO. He is Organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist inProvidence RI, accompanist at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, MA and recently presented Master Classes at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Organ Performance, and the Master of Sacred Music Degree from Boston University. www.krasinski.org 

April 29: Amelie Held

Born in 1996, Amelie Held grew up in Munich, Germany. At a young age she began learning piano and violin and quickly became fascinated by the organ as well. She then became a pupil in the organ class of Heidi Emmert at the Regensburg Academy of Music. She first studied musicology at the Ludwig MaximilianUniversity of Munich before completing her studies in violin and organ at the University of Music Detmold, Germany and the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris,France. Her past teachers include Martin Sander, Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry. She recently completed her master’s degrees at State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart where she studied organ with Ludger Lohmann and both harpsichord and organ in the field of early music with Lorenzo Ghielmi in Milan, Italy. Currently living in New York City, she is pursuing her Artist Diploma studies at The Juilliard School with Paul Jacobs. Amelie has won several prizes at international organ competitions and has been placed asone of the youngest finalists of the prestigious French Concours International de Chartres (2018). She has performed nationally and internationally with solo recitals in London, Milan,Rome, Paris and Zurich, as well as in the prestigious Mariinsky Concert Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Together with trumpeters Sebastian Berner and Maximilian Sutter, Amelie regularly performs as a member of Trio Céleste. Besides her love for the music of German and French Romanticism, she is interested in performing all kinds of repertoire-from early music to contemporary compositions. Her debut album—2019 recorded live at Himmerod Abbey—has been released inDecember 2019.

May 13: Ethan Haman

Ethan Haman from Fremont, CA, is the organist and assistant conductor at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT, and organist at Yale University’s Marquand Chapel. He completed a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance in 2021 at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music studying with Profs. Jon Laukvik andCraig Cramer. He is currently attending Yale for one more year pursuing a Master of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance, studying with Prof. Martin Jean. In 2019 he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a Presidential and Discovery Scholar with a Bachelor of Music degree, where he double majored in Organ Performance studying with Prof. Cherry Rhodes and in Composition with Profs. Morten Lauridsen,Andrew Norman, Donald Crockett, Sean Friar, and Daniel Temkin. During his studies at USC, Ethan served as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena and was the organ improvisation instructor for the San Francisco Peninsula Organ Academy. He has performed in such notable venues as San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, LosAngeles’ Walt Disney Concert Halland Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels, Harvard University’s Adolphus Busch Hall, Notre Dame d’Auteuil in Paris,the 2017 Montréal Organ Festival, and the 2018 Oregon Bach Festival. The USC University Chorus commissioned and premiered his choral compositions for several of their performancesin recent years. Most recently, the American Guild of Organists commissioned Ethan to compose and premiere his “Toccata on Hyfrydol” at Christ Cathedral Arboretum in Garden Grove, CA for their 2019 West Region Convention.

May 27: Peter Sykes

In demand as a teacher and mentor of aspiring professional performers, Peter Sykes is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Historical Performance Department at Boston University. Since 1985 he has also served as Director of Music at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. In September 2014 he joined the faculty of the Juilliard School as principal instructor of harpsichord. He has been adjudicator for competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Bach International Harpsichord Festival in Montreal as well as the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in London and the Miami International Organ Competition. A member of the board of the Cambridge Society for Early Music, he is a founding board member and current president of the Boston Clavichord Society, and current president of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.

Concert Archive

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Parish Accessibility

The church is fully accessible by elevator at both the street level entrance on Belvidere Street (at the front of the building), and at the entrance on the corner of St. Cecilia Street and Scotia Street (the left side of the building).

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Most Recent Concerts

Friday, November 5

12:30 p.m. – VIEW HERE
Organ Recital: Leo Abbott

Friday, October 8

12:30 p.m. – VIEW HERE
Organ Recital: Thomas Mellan

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Director of Music

For questions or inquiries, please contact our director of music.

Music from our Partners

Shelter Music Boston —

Shelter Music Boston delivers monthly chamber music concerts to Greater Boston homeless shelters and recovery centers, providing classical music as a social service. During the pandemic, since they are unable to perform inside their partner organizations, they film their recordings at Saint Cecilia and pipe the music in. Shelter Music Boston believes (and we agree!) all people deserve access to the inspiring beauty and therapeutic power of classical music.

Recent Concerts Filmed at Saint Cecilia:

May’s Concert

April’s Concert

December’s Concert

October’s Concert

September’s Concert

July’s Concert

 

 

Handel & Haydn Society —

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society performs Baroque and Classical music with a freshness, a vitality, and a creativity that inspires all ages. H+H has been captivating audiences for 206 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States) speaking to its singular success at converting new audiences to this extraordinary music, generation after generation. They filmed two recent concerts at Saint Cecilia Parish. Watch them by clicking the links below!