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Praised by The American Organist for his “prestigious technique and grand style musicality”, Dexter Kennedy is the Assistant Organist of Christ Church Grosse Pointe. As the winner of the Grand Prix de Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, he has established himself internationally as one of the leading organists of his generation. In addition to concertizing and to his work at Christ Church, he is on the music faculty of the College of Wooster as Adjunct Instructor of Organ.
Mr. Kennedy is increasingly active as a recitalist having performed at several celebrated venues, including Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue, The Brick Church, and The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York, The Old West Church, Boston, Severance Hall, Cleveland, The Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, The Community Church of Vero Beach, and the Rozsa Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of Calgary as a featured Young Artist for the Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium. His performance at Boston’s First Lutheran Church in March 2013 was broadcast live on WGBH Classical New England Radio as part of their “Bach Around the Clock” Festival. Forthcoming engagements include over 30 concerts throughout Europe as part of his first prize award at Chartres, which include recitals at Notre Dame de Paris, the Berlinerdom, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, St. Alban’s Cathedral, as well as performances in Italy, Iceland, Spain, and Luxembourg.
At Christ Church, he serves as organist for all choral services and trains the novice boy and girl choristers. He traveled to England and Wales with the Choir of Men and Boys in the summer of 2014, performing in Exeter, Wells, Bristol, Brecon, St. David’s, and Bangor Cathedrals. Additional choir tours have taken Kennedy to the organ benches of St. Peter’s Basilica, La Sagrada Familia, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as well as the cathedrals of Worcester and Winchester. Kennedy’s previously held positions include Director of Music and Organist for Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s on the Green Episcopal Church, Norwalk, CT, and Organist for Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School.
Dexter Kennedy is currently pursuing the prestigious Artist Diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of James David Christie. He holds a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he was a recipient of both the Robert Baker Award and the Mary Baker Prize for Excellence in Organ Accompaniment. Kennedy has also studied under Olivier Latry, Martin Jean, Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation), Arthur Haas and Webb Wiggins (harpsichord), and has attended several international organ festivals where he has coached with many distinguished artists. A Grosse Pointe Native, he enjoys spending his spare time golfing and vigorously rooting for Detroit’s professional sports teams.