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Christopher Creaghan: Bio

Organist Christopher Creaghan is active in the New York City region as a recitalist, accompanist, and church musician. He has performed recitals on many of New York’s largest instruments including the organs of St. Bartholomew's Church, the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. His appearances with orchestra have included concertos by Poulenc and Handel, and he was a featured artist with Musica Viva performing Rheinberger’s Concerto in F Major. Formerly Associate Organist for The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, he frequently appeared with orchestra on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. For six years he served as Music Director and Organist for St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, producing a CD recording of the parish’s professional choir. In the fall of 2011 he accepted the position of Associate Organist for the Riverside Church where each week he accompanies the choir and collaborates with the administration of the music program.

Mr. Creaghan has appeared often with many of New York’s choral organizations performing large scale choral accompaniments in works such as the Duruflé Requiem, the Langlais Messe Solennelle and Mendelssohn’s oratorio St. Paul, and Twentieth Century works such as Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados and Milhaud’s Sacred Service. He has performed with such groups as The Virgin Consort, Ars Musica, The Collegiate Chorale, The St. Cecilia Chorus, The Dalton Chorale, The Stonewall Chorale, The Dessoff Choirs, and at the Berkshire Choral Festival, and the Bard Music Festival with the American Symphony Orchestra. He is organist on the recent recording by the Marble Collegiate Church Choir featuring works by Leo Sowerby and Calvin Hampton. He has toured Eastern Europe with The Canticum Novum Singers. He accompanies frequently at a number of New York City churches including St. Bartholomew’s, St. Luke-in-the-Fields, Marble Collegiate, Church of the Ascension, Riverside Church, All Souls Unitarian, and The Interchurch Center. He has premiered works by Bruce Neswick, Gerre Hancock, Stephen Paulus, and Iain Quinn.

Mr. Creaghan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with McNeil Robinson and whose works he has often performed. He is Organist and Choir Director for Temple Israel of New Rochelle. An active member of the American Guild of Organists for many years, he is a past Dean of the New York City Chapter. He has recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A native of Canada, Mr. Creaghan became an American citizen in 2001. He is married to composer and mezzo-soprano Nancy Wertsch.