Welcome Joseph O'Berry, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster
Today we welcome Joseph O'Berry as the new Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral.
Most recently, Joseph served as Interim Director of Music at Epiphany Parish of Seattle, where he oversaw and administered the Music Department and conducted the professional Schola and semi-professional Parish Choir.
Prior to his appointment in Seattle, Joseph was Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral and Truro Cathedral in England (2014-2016). While in England he participated in more than 700 services, some of which had dignitaries and members of the Royal Family in attendance. He shared responsibilities in playing the daily offices of Choral Evensong/ Eucharist, training the probationer boys, conducting the Cathedral Choirs, and participating fully in the administration of the music departments, which included Cathedral Music Outreach. On several occasions, he appeared on BBC Spotlight accompanying Truro Cathedral Choir. He is a featured organist on Blackburn Cathedral Choir's newest CD, titled “Natus: Music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany” on the Priory Records label (the largest producer of church music in the United Kingdom).
Preceding his appointments in England, Joseph lived in Atlanta, where he was Director of Music at Holy Trinity Parish and Chapel Organist for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He also sang with the professional Schola at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, during which time the Schola sang two-week residencies at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and Canterbury Cathedral, respectively.
Joseph studied organ performance under the late Dr. Robert Parris, with secondary emphasis in early music and collaborative piano, at the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. He is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (CAGO), and has appeared as a solo and collaborative recitalist throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Australia.
Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music, said, "The Cathedral Choir, Choristers, and I are all looking forward to our close collaboration with Joseph in the coming years. Please introduce yourself to him and help us make him feel welcome and at home here at the Cathedral. I'm very grateful to the members of the Search Committee, Melissa Rose, Mary Ward, Scott Hoffman, and Jerry Snare, who spent many hours this summer helping vet and interview candidates for our Assistant Organist and Choirmaster position."