Director and Staff
Kyler Brown, Director of Music Ministries and Organist
A graduate of State University of New York (Purchase), Kyler Brown received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Organ Performance. After university, he did graduate work in music in Pistoia, Italy, and at the New England Conservatory in Boston where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance. An avid student of the organ since his feet were able to reach the pedalboard, Mr. Brown has been working as a professional musician for over thirty years.
Recognized as both a conductor and organist, Mr. Brown is currently the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste in New York City, Adjunct Organist at Columbia University, and Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Virgin Consort. Formerly, he served as Music Director and Organist at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Manhattan, where he established an international concert series and acted as consultant for the restoration and completion of the church’s historic Æolian-Skinner Organ.
Mr. Brown made his Lincoln Center debut in 1992 conducting a performance of Handel’s Messiah. He has recorded privately for National Public Radio, the Frick Museum, and the Methuen Memorial Hall Foundation. Brown’s own recordings for Gothic Records and Bischof and Vitacco Records have been hailed by the critics from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The American Organist as "sparkling," "unusually bright and appealing," "authentic," "delicate and, when necessary, suitably grand." Mr. Brown is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the American Guild of Organists. Listen to music performed by Kyler Brown. Vist Kyler's web site.
Mark Loria is a pianist, organist, and conductor from Staten Island, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Swarthmore College in 2008 and hopes to one day pursue graduate studies in orchestral conducting. His principal teachers include pianists Marcantonio Barone and Clifford Korman, organist Andrew Hauze, and composer Gerald Levinson. Over the past year, he has served as keyboardist and assistant conductor for Philadelphia's contemporary music ensemble, Orchestra 2001. A dedicated organist, liturgical musician, and accompanist, Mark is organist at the 10:30 Mass and pianist for the 7:30 evening Mass at Saint Jean Baptiste.