James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, has been appointed as Professor in the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He will leave Westminster Abbey this Christmas.
O’Donnell is internationally recognized as a conductor and organ recitalist. He is Music Director of St James’ Baroque and appears regularly with the BBC Singers. He is Visiting Professor of Organ and of Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and was President of the Royal College of Organists from 2011–13. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and Doctor of Music honoris causa of the University of Aberdeen. He was previously Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, which is Roman Catholic. Under his direction the Choir of Westminster Cathedral won the Gramophone ‘Record of the Year’ award for its Hyperion disc of masses by Frank Martin and Pizzetti and a Royal Philharmonic Society award, both unprecedented for a cathedral choir.
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Congratulations and best wishes to James O’Donnell!
Westminster Abbey’s loss is Yale’s gain.
The connection with actual church ministry in liturgy (not merely concert performance) is so important, and I know he will bring that to his students.