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Who I am

Conner David McCain is Professor and Director of Sacred Music at Saint Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York, and a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at the University of Aberdeen. He holds an MMus from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and an MA in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews. His works have been performed all over the world by ensembles such as Voces8 and the Red Note Ensemble, and he has participated in festivals and masterclasses in Italy, Scotland, and across the United States.


As an organist, he has given concerts and recitals in Indiana, New York, Texas, Washington, D.C., and the Isle of Wight in the UK. These concerts have often featured collaborations with voices and instrumentalists in a variety of repertoire, ranging from the early Baroque, such as Tomaso Albinoni and Carlo Lonati, to the contemporary, such as Sir James MacMillan and Pēteris Vasks.


Finally, as a writer and researcher, he has been published in Sacred Music, the Humanum Review’s online art review, ArteFact, and has presented papers on religion and contemporary music at the Universities of Dallas and Tennessee including a lecture on the relationship between Olivier Messiaen and Pope Francis’s environmental theology, “Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons aux étoiles: How Love for Creation Inspires Creativity,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.

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