Our Faculty

Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald is currently the Director of Music and Organist of Saint Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to this appointment, he served the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC as the Assistant Director of Music (2003-2007) and the Associate Director of Music (2013-1014) where his playing could be heard during internationally televised broadcasts.

 

On October 1st, 2013 Dr. Fitzgerald won first prize in the 2nd Annual Competition in Organ Improvisation sponsored by the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition to performing improvisations, Dr. Fitzgerald has taught organ improvisation at the Peabody Conservatory and has presented workshops on the subject to professional organizations including the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, as well as several chapters of the American Guild of Organists. For his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Fitzgerald formulated a method for organ improvisation pedagogy that he continues to present as a basis for his teaching.

 

Dr. Fitzgerald received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland where he was awarded a full scholarship as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Music Theory.  He earned the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and the Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.

 

A published composer, Dr. Fitzgerald has received commissions and his work has earned him favorable reviews in The Hymn, Choir and Organ, Pastoral Music, and The American Organist. His Mass in Honor of Saint Bernadette, a setting for organ and congregation of the ICEL ©2011 translation of the mass, is available on the Corpus Christi Watershed website (www.ccwatershed.org/Mass/). His Mass in Honor of Saint Cecilia, also a setting of the mass for congregation, choir, and organ, was recently released from International Liturgy Publications (ILP).

 

An experienced concert organist, Dr. Fitzgerald has made appearances on the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams, including a performance of Leo Sowerby's Toccata (program 1446, 'With Praise and Thanksgiving').

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Dr. RICHARD K. FITZGERALD

*Winter Registration Begins Monday, January 13, 2020

Music Theory 1

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

*This 10-week course provides an overview of the foundational components of music including notation, intervals, key signatures, harmonic analysis and realization, and figured bass. Students will have access to 10 weekly lectures on the course material. They will also receive individual feedback from the instructor on tests and quizzes and may contact the instructor as needed by email, phone, or Skype.

Start date: February 24, 2020; Holy Week break April 5-12

Cost: $750

Music Theory 2

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

*This 10-week course builds upon the fundamental skills and concepts explored in Theory 1. Topics include: harmonic analysis, seventh chords, harmonization of melodies, transposition, modulation to closely related keys, non-harmonic tones, modes and neumes, basics of counterpoint and musical forms. Students will have access to 10 weekly video lectures on the course material. They will also receive individual feedback from the instructor on tests and quizzes and may contact the instructor as needed by email, phone, or Skype.

 

Start date: February 24, 2020; Holy Week break April 5-12

Cost: $750

Applied Lessons

~Organ 

~Voice

~Conducting

~Cantoring

Sacred Music Topics, Skills, and Mentoring

For more specific information, please see our Professional Certifications page or Sacred Skills and Mentoring page. 

*Since our programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our students, we have found that strategic student-to-teacher pairing is paramount to student success.  As as a necessary part of the registration process, please schedule a phone consultation if you are enrolling in lessons, mentoring, and/or certifications. To better facilitate this process, please provide your phone number on the registration form (or email) and indicate the best times to call.  

For more information and to register for any of these winter offerings, send an email to asacredmusic@gmail.com or fill out the contact form which can be found by clicking on the last page of the website. 

Registration deadline Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

***NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT and DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS

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Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Jason J. Keefer, Program Director

Organ/Sacred Music Topics                                

Dr. Rebecca Abbott

Organ/Hymnology

Jeremy Bankson

Arranging/Composition

Dr. David Baskeyfield

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Mari Kay Dono

Admissions Director/Cantor Program Liaison

Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Dr. Jason Hiester

Voice/Conducting

Emily Lapisardi

Music Theory/History of Sacred Music

Steven Nanni

Voice

Rachel Parfenchuk

Voice

Nicholas John Steltzer

Organ

Dr. Jennifer Whitehead

Voice

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