Music Department StaffDr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music
Daniel Brondel, Associate Director of Music
Donald Dumler, Principal Organist
Robert M. Evers, Music Administrator
Dr. Pascual is a member of the American Guild of Organists, NY Archdiocesan Music Commission and Chair of the Organ Committee, Steering Committee Member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, Liturgical Organists Consortium, EastWest Organists, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians, where she serves on the National Board and is a frequent recitalist and clinician at national conventions. She was a finalist in the 1990 Florida First Coast Piano Competition, performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Jacksonville University Community Orchestra in 1993 while also a French Horn player in the orchestra, performed in the 1995 Bach Aria Festival, was a featured soloist in the 2004 International Bamboo Organ Festival in Manila and is a recipient of the Paderewski Medal and Theodore Presser Award. Jennifer has performed in Italy, Austria, the Philippines, and the United States. In April 2008, she had the privilege of overseeing all of the liturgical music for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York in addition to conducting music for the Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Yankee Stadium and the Ecumenical Service at St. Joseph’s Church. Two weeks later, she conducted the Cathedral of St. Patrick Choir for President Bush at the White House for National Day of Prayer. In December 2008, she named a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in recognition of service to the Church. She also conducted in performance twice during that Christmas season at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The New York Archdiocesan Festival Chorale, under Dr. Pascual's direction, has traveled to Italy, Austria and Germany, and in 2010, the Cathedral Choir of St. Patrick was the only American choir invited to participate in the IX Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra in Rome and Vatican City.
With the broadcast of live Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Dr. Pascual can be heard during the week at the organ on The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM 129, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. EST and the Cathedral Choir which she conducts can be heard from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. She also hosts a radio talk and music show called “Sounds from the Spires,” on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST. Her Organ Music & Gregorian Chant, Christmas Carols for Organ and Trumpet and Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (choir) CDs from the Cathedral of St. Patrick on the JAV label are available at www.pipeorgancds.com. Jennifer is also an organist on the World Library Publication 8-CD recording of Psalms and Ritual Music.
Mr. Brondel is the Artistic Director of The Salvatones, a new vibrant professional choral ensemble based in New York City. He made his Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) debut in 2010 as narrator in a performance of Erik Satie's Sports et divertissements. Daniel has also recorded and appeared regularly as countertenor soloist (Schnittke’s Requiem and Bach’s B-minor Mass) with Grammy-Award-winner Paul Halley, and has sung with the Gentlemen of the Choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. He has performed extensively in oratorios of Bach and Handel, and in opera, notably the lead role of Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Praised for a colorful timbre and an exceptionally wide vocal range, he is featured as solo sopranist in Aural Borealis, a CD recording by award-winning Publick Musick. His first solo-organ album, The Glory of the Organ, recorded at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in 2010 on the JAV label, is available in the Cathedral’s Gift Shop, from JAV Recordings and on iTunes.
Daniel Brondel’s JAV recording of his improvised Organ Fanfare (2010) was featured on Pipedreams, a national radio program of organ music. It is the first music selection of Program #1103: “Domestic Issues” (2011), which focuses on new American organ recordings.
In 2005, Daniel Brondel founded the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Singers, the first auditioned youth choir at the Cathedral in over fifty years. The Young Singers performed in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to New York City in April 2008. Following a televised prayer service led by the pontiff, Mr. Brondel was heard playing organ works of Bach for several minutes on the worldwide television broadcast. In October 2010, he played the organ at Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican) for the Mass that opened the 9th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art.
Prior to his appointment at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Mr. Brondel was the Director of Music & Organist at nearby historic St. Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel), following in the legacy of famed organist/composer Paul Creston. He also served as Director of Music at St. Anne Church, in Rochester, NY, and as University Organist at the University of Rochester.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with David Higgs and improvisation with Gerre Hancock and Rick Erickson, Mr. Brondel holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance. At Eastman, he did further doctoral work in organ and musicology, and studied voice with Jane McCoy. Master class teachers included Gillian Weir, Ludger Lohmann, Russell Saunders and Pierre Sancan. Mr. Brondel earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance cum laude from Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he studied piano with Geoffrey Haydon and organ with Sarah Martin. During his entire college career, he was a singer and French-diction coach for the Grammy-Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, directed by Robert Shaw. Recipient of a grant from the Theodore Presser Foundation, several prestigious academic fellowships, and winner of various piano competitions, Daniel Brondel also won the First Prize at the 1996 Arthur Poister Competition and the Second Prize at the 1996 National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing of the American Guild of Organists in New York City.
A native of southern France, Mr. Brondel has lived in the United States since 1988. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Schola Cantorum on Hudson.
Mr. Dumler was born in Oklahoma and had early training with Curtis Chambers in Oklahoma City. Later he studied with Mildred Andrews at the University of Oklahoma and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School in New York City studying with Vernon de Tar. As with all young musicians, performance must begin somewhere, and for Mr. Dumler, this occasion was in Okeene, Oklahoma, at the age of twelve when he performed for the closing banquet of the annual rattlesnake hunt. Since that time, however, the venues have changed. Other than numerous recitals throughout the United States, Mr. Dumler has made two previous recordings and has performed with The Juilliard Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra in both Carnegie Hall and Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Most recently, Mr. Dumler played to a more than sold-out crowd in his home state of Oklahoma, with a closed-circuit broadcast in a second venue to accommodate the crowds.
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