James Kealey is our Associate Director of Music/Organist. In this capacity, he oversees and coordinates children’s music ministry, including several vocal and bell choirs, and is the primary accompanist of the 60-voice-strong Chancel Choir for services and rehearsals.
In the spring of 2020, James completed his Master of Music degree in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Alongside his studies, he served as Music Minister at Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) where he oversaw the senior choir, youth choir and began an arts festival each spring.
A native Brit, James came to the USA from Sheffield Cathedral, where he worked as Interim Assistant Director of Music. He was the principal organist for the six weekly choral services, as well as a regular conductor of the Cathedral Choirs. On Easter Sunday 2018, James played the Cathedral Eucharist on live BBC 1 Television to an estimated 1.5 million viewers. Prior to this, James held positions at Wells, Blackburn, and Chester Cathedrals.
James received his undergraduate degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, and worked as Senior Organ Scholar to the renowned Chapel Choir in their series of live broadcasts, international tours, CD recordings, and weekly services and concerts.
Gaining prominence as a recitalist, James has performed extensively in England, the USA & Europe, most recently at Westminster Abbey, England; St John the Divine, NYC; and Hereford Cathedral. James was recently a semifinalist in the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.
James is the Sub-Dean for the Rochester AGO Chapter for the 2020-21 academic year, and sits on boards and commissions within the Organ Historical Society and the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.