Jared Lamenzo, Organist and Director of Music Leading the musical side of the Basilica’s revitalization is its Organist and Director of Music, Jared Lamenzo.
He has performed with Grammy Award–winning artists, and has concertized on historic organs in Germany, Italy, Latin America, and South America, as well as the Vatican.
He serves as a member of the American Guild of Organists International Performer of the Year Committee and the Archdiocesan Music Commission’s Organ Committee.
He is an Associate Organist of St. Francis of Assisi Church, and was Organ Scholar at the First Presbyterian Church of New York.
He is a graduate of Harvard in Applied Science, with a Master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Long fascinated with birdsong, he won a MacArthur Award for his work in environmental education, technology, and art.
His music and multimedia artwork has been shown at the Chelsea Art Museum, the Sony Wonder Tech Lab, Eyebeam, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Genova, Italy), the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Rockefeller Center, the University of British Columbia, Governor’s Island/Figment, the New Museum Ideas City festival, and many others.
With support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and other foundations, he is working to reach diverse audiences with innovative, educational performances of music old and new.
Joshua South, bass-baritone and Cantor Joshua made his Avery Fischer Hall solo debut with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein, and a New York City debut with Kent Tritle in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series.
He appeared at Brooklyn Academy of Music in the critically-acclaimed staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller; his role as Peter was described as “unforgettable” by the New York Times.
He was also in the New York premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel, under the direction of Julie Taymor as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.
n the 2006-7 season, Joshua appeared in the American premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s latest oratorio, Ecce Cor Meum, at Carnegie Hall.
He was also a member of the Servants’ Chorus in a semi-staged production of My Fair Lady, starring Kelsey Grammer, Brian Dennehy, and Kelli O’Hara, with the New York Philharmonic.
Joshua is an active ensemble singer, and serves as a soloist and cantor at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, which is broadcast nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio.