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.

Thomas Mellan

Thomas Mellan

Organist

Thomas Mellan is a French/American organist, composer, pianist and harpsichordist. In 2012 as Young Artist of the Year, he performed in the 23rd Organ Festival at St. Eustache in Paris, his debut recital. In 2018, he performed on the international organ festivals of Lille and St. Antoine l’Abbaye, in France. He gave the Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen’s Livre d’Orgue during an artistic residency at the Organ Hall in Lviv in the same year. In 2020, he was the first person to arrange and record Chopin’s 12 Études, Op. 10 on pipe organ. 

 His compositions have been performed across America, Europe and Asia. His works include chamber and orchestral works, virtuoso works for flute and clarinet, boundary-pushing music for the pipe organ and a 35 minute set of polyphonic, serial inventions for solo violin. He received his Bachelor and two Masters degrees (Organ: 2019, Composition: 2020) from the USC Thornton School of Music. He studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and Jean Guillou, counterpoint with Neal Desby and Morten Lauridsen and composition with Frank Ticheli, Andrew Norman and Donald Crockett. 

David Girardin

David Girardin

Assistant Music Director

David Girardin joins the Saint Cecilia staff as the Assistant Music Director in the fall of 2021, assisting with music ministry at the parish and leading the 6 PM Sunday Mass. He has been involved in music ministry his whole life, and has been leading masses on Cape Cod since he was in high school. He recently graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in music composition and continues his studies there as a Masters student in music theory and composition. David has a range of musical influences and experiences in the fields of popular music, musical theatre, jazz and classical and is excited to be able to use his passion for music to help facilitate prayer and worship. 

Emma Robertson

Emma Robertson

Soprano

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Emma Robertson is currently pursuing her masters degree in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studies with Michael Meraw. She holds a bachelors degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia where she studied with Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Knight. Emma has been awarded numerous accolades over her active singing years included being invited to coach with Nate Raskin, an opera coach on faculty at the Met, and being granted a semi-finalist spot in for the Lindemann Young Artist Development program. In July 2021 Emma performed L’Elisir d’amore with Opera Maine. She is a studio artist with the company for the 2021-2022 year. Ms. Robertson has performed in opera ensembles and performed/studied roles such as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Sophie (Werther), Cleopatra (Guilio Cesare), Marzelline (Fidelio), and Gianetta (L’Elisir d’amore). She has performed as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) with the Aquilon Music Festival and Young Artist Program, and more recently as Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with the UGA Opera Department.

Alexis Peart

Alexis Peart

Mezzo Soprano

Alexis Peart is an alumna of the Eastman School of Music, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University. In concert, Alexis has appeared as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, J.S. Bach’s cantatas No. 102 “Herr deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben,” No. 48 “Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlösen,” and No. 79 “Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild,” with the Eastman School of Music Bach Cantata Series and as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Eastman School of Music.

Ryan Lustgarten

Ryan Lustgarten

Tenor

Ryan was born in Seattle, WA and is currently a first-year at the Boston University Opera Institute. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in voice and opera performance from Washington State University in 2016. While at WSU, he appeared both in operas and musical theater productions. Recently, Ryan spent two summers singing operatic roles for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival based in Piobbico, Italy. Ryan earned his master’s degree in opera performance this past spring from Northwestern University, and performed many operatic roles during his two years in the program. This summer, he will be performing with Central City Opera in Colorado as a member of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artists.

Harrison Stenson

Harrison Stenson

Baritone