Dexter Kennedy

Concert Organist

Winner of the Grand Prix de Chartres d'Interprétation, 2014

 

"One of the greatest organists of our times"

Iceland Monitor

"Prestigious technique and grand style musicality" 

The American Organist

"The finest in the future of American Organ Performance"

- Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network 

 

As the winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, Dexter Kennedy has established himself internationally as “one of the greatest organists of our times” (Iceland Monitor). Praised for his “prodigious technique and grand style musicality” in The American Organist, his concert programs present performances that are fiery and historically informed, exciting both music connoisseurs as well as people who have never experienced the organ in concert setting. In addition to concertizing, Dexter Kennedy currently serves on the music faculty of the College of Wooster as Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord. During the Fall 2017 semester, Kennedy served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Organ at Oberlin College Conservatory. 


Mr. Kennedy is an active recitalist throughout both Europe and North America, having performed in great cathedrals, churches, and concert halls including: Notre-Dame de Paris; Berliner Dom; St. Bavokerk, Haarlem; Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava; Chartres Cathedral; Grossmünster, Zürich; Chichester Cathedral; Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik; Basilica of St. Nazaire, Carcassone; St. George’s, Hannover Square, London; Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Granada; San Luigi Dei Francesi, Rome; St. Willibrordus Basilika, Echternach, Luxembourg; and Bergen Cathedral. His performances have been heard at the St. Albans International Organ Festival, the 51st Bratislava Music Festival, the Bergen International Organ Festival, the Lordon Handel Festival, the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and two regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 2017 he was the lone American to be invited to perform at the Catédral Primada of Bogotá, Colombia, for the Bach en Bogotá Festival, where he performed for an audience of over 2,000 people as part of the first organized performances of Bach’s complete organ works in the country’s history. Also in demand as an orchestral player, Kennedy frequently performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In December 2017 he performed and recorded with the orchestra Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie for future CD release under the baton of music director Andris Nelsons, and during the 2018-2019 season he performed with the ensemble at Carnegie Hall. His playing has been broadcast nationally on the American Public Media’s Pipedreams program. Recent and upcoming concert highlights include; Laon Cathedral; the Festival d’orgue de Roquevaire; Wellesley College; Orquesta Filharmonica de Cali; the Montreal Bach Festival, Arizona State University; as well as recitals for the Kansas City, Grand Rapids, and Charleston Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. 


As a church musician, Kennedy currently serves as the Assistant Organist of Christ Church Grosse Pointe (Michigan) where he serves as the principal organist for all choral services and concerts and directs the training of the novice boy and girl choristers. He traveled with the Christ Church Choirs to England and Wales in the summer of 2014, Spain in 2016, to the UK 2017 for choral residencies at Salisbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and again in 2018 at Durham and Canterbury Cathedrals. Additional choir tours as a freelance accompanist have taken Kennedy to the organ benches of St. Peter’s Basilica; La Sagrada Familia; Stephansdom, Vienna; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin; and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Kennedy’s previously held positions include Director of Music and Organist for Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s on the Green Episcopal Church, Norwalk, CT, and Organist for Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School. 


Dexter Kennedy holds the Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was a pupil of James David Christie. He holds a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he was a recipient of the Robert Baker Award, as well as the Mary Baker Prize for Excellence in Organ Accompaniment. Kennedy has also studied under Olivier Latry, Martin Jean, Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation), Arthur Haas and Webb Wiggins (harpsichord), and has attended several international organ festivals where he has coached with many distinguished European artists. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and rooting for the professional sports teams in his native Detroit. More information about Kennedy and his schedule can be found at his website, www.dexterkennedy.com.   

 
 
 

Events

 

Solo Recital

January 18, 2019, 7:00 PM
Church of the Nativity 
Huntsville, Alabama

Solo Recital

February 10, 2019, 3:00 PM
Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado 

AGO Chapter Recital

February 15, 2019, 7:30 PM
First (Scots) Presbyterian
Charleston, South Carolina

Handel's Concerto for Organ and Orchestra No. 1

February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM

Cathedral San Pedro Apostol

Cali, Columbia

Performance with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Cali under the direction of Gurassim Voronkov

Boston Symphony Orchestra - Dvorak, Stabat Mater

February, 28, 2019, 8:00 PM
March, 1, 2019, 1:30 PM
March, 2, 2019, 8:00 PM
All Performances at Symphony Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Symphony Orchestra - Strauss, Also Sprach Zarathustra

March 14, 2019, 8:00 PM

March 15, 2019, 8:00 PM

March 16, 2019, 8:00 PM
Symphony Hall 
Boston, Massachusetts 


March 19, 2019, 8:00 PM
Carnegie Hall
New York City, New York 

Recital for Kansas City AGO

March 26, 2019, 7:30 PM  
Village Presbyterian
Prairie Village, Kansas

Solo Recital

April 28, 2019, 4:00 PM
Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
Naples, Florida

Boston Symphony Orchestra - 
Andris Nelsons conducts Elgar and Puts

Featuring Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry

July 20, 2019, 8:00 PM
Koussevitzky Music Shed
Lenox, Massachusetts

Boston Symphony Orchestra -Tanglewood on Parade

July 23, 2019, 8:00 PM
Koussevitzky Music Shed 
Lenox, Massachusetts

Solo Organ Recital

October 4, 2019, 7:00 PM
Christ Church Easton
Easton, Maryland

Oktoberfest: Music of Germany

October 28, 2019, 3:00 PM 

Christ Church Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, Michigan


Christ Church Schola and Dexter Kennedy, organist

Duruflé Requiem

November 3, 2019, 3:00 PM
Christ Church Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Rie Bloomfield Organ Series

November 12, 2019, 7:30 PM
Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University
Wichita Falls, Kansas

Montreal Bach Festival

November 17, 2019, 3:30 PM
Oratoire St. Joseph
Montreal, Canada

Organ Recital and Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

December 22, 2019, 4:00 PM  
Christ Church Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Solo Organ Recital

January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Church
Bradenton, Florida

Solo Organ Recital

February 8, 2020, 2:00 PM
Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Solo Organ Recital

March 1, 2020, 2:30 PM
Arizona State University School of Music Organ Hall
Tempe, Arizona

Haydn: Stabat Mater

April 5, 2020, 3:00 PM 
Christ Church Grosse Pointe 
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Resurrection Light: Gjello, Sunrise Mass and Forest, Lux: The Dawn from on High

May 3, 2020, 3:00 PM 
Christ Church Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Tour of Germany with the Choirs of Christ Church
Grosse Pointe

July 26 - August 3, 2020

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