Our Musicians

Robert Duff

Robert Duff

Director of Music

Rob oversees the music program at Saint Cecilia and also serves on the faculty at Brandeis University as associate professor of the practice of choral music. At Brandeis University Rob oversees the vocal program, conducts the Brandeis choral ensembles, teaches conducting and choral methods, and serves as the performance track adviser for vocalists. Rob has served on the faculties of Dartmouth College, Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and Mount St. Mary’s College. He holds degrees in conducting, piano, and voice from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Temple University, and the University of Southern California. Additionally, he served as director of music for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. An active commissioner of new music, Rob has given several world premieres of works for both orchestral and choral forces. He served as counsel to the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and is the past president of the Eastern Region of the American Choral Directors Association.

Tyler Cesario

Tyler Cesario

Assistant Director of Music, Tenor

Tyler Cesario is a graduate student at Boston Conservatory studying Vocal Pedagogy and Opera. Graduating from Westminster Choir College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Tyler has held positions as soloist/cantor at St. Paul’s in Princeton, NJ, paid chorister at the Episcopal Church of Princeton University, choral conductor of the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman, NJ and general music/choir/band teacher at National Park Elementary School. Tyler has been the tenor soloist in many major works including Bruckner’s Requiem and Te Deum, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B flat, and Handel’s Messiah. He is extremely honored to be a part of the musical program at Saint Cecilia.

Brett Maguire

Brett Maguire

Parish Organist

Brett is an award-winning organist, conductor, recording engineer, and filmmaker based out of Worcester. As an organist, he has performed at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and with the Boston Pops under John Williams. He won both First Prize and Audience Prize at the Biarritz International Organ Competition in France. Brett is the Assistant Director of the Assumption University Chorale. His video company, Crow Hill Productions, provides AV solutions to classical musicians. A passionate student of traditional crafts, Brett is a woodworker, spinner, and sourdough baker who likes to rock climb and read books. 

Daniel Lamoureux

Daniel Lamoureux

Vigil Organist

Daniel Lamoureux, a native of Chicago, is a Roman Catholic convert who went through the RCIA program at Boston’s Paulist Center in 1983. Daniel received an undergraduate degree from Brown University and graduate degrees in organ from Syracuse University and in harpsichord from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He has given organ recitals throughout the United States, including local venues like the Church of the Advent, and multiple appearances at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and the Methuen Memorial Music Hall. In addition to holding organist positions in different parishes in the Archdiocese, he spent twenty years on the faculty at Stonehill College. He also taught at the Longy School of Music and Northeastern University and has been a piano accompanist for ballet and modern dance classes at Emerson College and the Walnut Hill School. Now semi-retired, he continues as one of the pianists at the Symphony Café at Symphony Hall, Boston. Daniel was interim organist at Saint Cecilia in 2019 and became a parishioner at that time. He is delighted to return!

Pendexter Macdonald

Pendexter Macdonald

Assistant Organist

Since 2000, Penn has volunteered as an assistant organist for Saint Cecilia’s Sunday 8:00 a.m. Mass. He was welcomed onto the staff as assistant organist in June 2023. He minored in church music as an undergraduate at Harvard, where his practicum was at Church of the Advent (Boston) under John Cook. Since 1980, he has been Director of Music and/or organist at several churches in the Pacific Northwest.

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Beyond his triumphs as a musician, Pen is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Executive Assistant to Paul Summergrad, MD, Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Following military service, he received an AB degree from Harvard College in 1967 and spent 13 years as a financial analyst in Boston, San Francisco, and New York City. As a consequence of a younger brother’s sudden unexplainable immune deficiency in 1981, Penn embarked on a new career in HIV/AIDS research and education, helping develop several pioneering initiatives targeting adolescents during the 1980s and 1990s in the Pacific Northwest and nationally. He co-founded two HIV/AIDS educational coalitions in Seattle, and served as co-chair of the Governor’s (WA) Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Subcommittee on Out-Of-Home Adolescents.

Thereafter, Mr. Macdonald spent 14 years as a Computer Finisher working on the Human Genome Project at the MIT Center for Genome Research/Whitehead Institute (now the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard) where he was responsible for producing extremely high-quality DNA sequence information (<1 error/10,000 nucleotides).

Kayleigh Bennett

Kayleigh Bennett

Mezzo-Soprano

Kayleigh Bennett is a Boston based mezzo-soprano vocalist and voice/piano teacher. She received her Masters in Vocal Performance with a concentration in opera at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Jane Eaglen. She received her Vocal Music Education and Music Performance majors from Moravian College, where she studied with Megan Durham and Suzanne Kompass.

In 2019, her 115-page academic article on the operas of Puccini was granted honors and is currently displayed in Reeves Library. In 2021, she performed the role of Lena in Svadba, a Serbian, a capella opera by Ana Sokolović. Ms. Bennett was invited to sing the role of Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai with the Up North Vocal Institute for their 2019 season. She has performed as the soprano concert soloist in Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater, Christopher Tin’s Calling All Dawns, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, and Ariel Ramírez’s Misa Criolla.

Harrison Stenson

Harrison Stenson

Baritone

Harrison was raised in McDonough, Georgia with a multi-instrumental upbringing. He ultimately decided to focus on vocal studies and obtained a bachelor’s degree in music performance from The University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. While at UGA, Harrison studied primarily with Dr. Gregory Broughton, but worked with and performed for Director of Opera Frederick Burchinal, Opera Coach Kathryn Wright, Director of Choral Activities Dr. Daniel Bara, and Associate Director of Choral Activities Dr. J.D. Burnett.

Harrison’s most notable performances at UGA include performing on stage along with The King Singers and Voces8 as well as in UGA’s productions of Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Harrison also sang as a soloist with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra in their joint concert with the UGA Hodgson Singers of Bach’s St. John Passion as well as many other Hodgson Singers concerts. Since moving to Boston in August 2021, Harrison has been taking lessons from New England Conservatory faculty member Michael Meraw, and is working at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.

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