We are delighted to welcome the Cathedral’s newest staff member, Caroline Robinson, who joins us as Associate Organist-Choirmaster! She will oversee our Cathedral Chorister program, and she looks forward to meeting and working with new and returning Choristers soon, in whatever manner circumstances allow. She will also share organ playing and accompanying responsibilities with Jack Mitchener – under normal circumstances for some 250 services annually, 150 of which include the Cathedral choirs – and will assist broadly in the many facets of the Cathedral’s music ministry.
Caroline is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and comes to us now from Rochester, New York, where she has been working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. She will complete her final comprehensive exams for that degree in October, which were delayed from June due to the pandemic. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she served as organ scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, and was an integral part of the leadership team for its thriving Chorister program. She also studied for a year at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Toulouse, France. In 2018 she was Second Prize Winner in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, which is held biannually during the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. As an organ recitalist she is well known and respected. She has been featured at national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams. Cathedral members will be interested to know that she played her first pre-Evensong recital here ten years ago, while a freshman at Curtis. Much more information about her, and excerpts of her organ performances, may be found on her website, carolinerobinson.net. Welcome, Caroline!