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Richard K. Fitzgerald

Richard K. Fitzgerald

Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald is currently the Director of Music and Organist of Saint Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to this appointment, he served the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC as the Assistant Director of Music (2003-2007) and the Associate Director of Music (2013-1014) where his playing could be heard during internationally televised broadcasts.

On October 1st, 2013 Dr. Fitzgerald won first prize in the 2nd Annual Competition in Organ Improvisation sponsored by the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition to performing improvisations, Dr. Fitzgerald has taught improvisation at the Peabody Conservatory and has presented master classes on the subject to professional organizations including the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Fitzgerald received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland where he was awarded a full scholarship as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Music Theory. For his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Fitzgerald formulated a method for organ improvisation pedagogy. He earned the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and the Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.

A published composer, Dr. Fitzgerald has received commissions and his work has earned him favorable reviews in The Hymn, Choir and Organ, Pastoral Music, and The American Organist. His Mass in Honor of Saint Bernadette, a setting for organ and congregation of the ICEL ©2011 translation of the mass, has been published on the Corpus Christi Watershed website.

An experienced concert organist, Dr. Fitzgerald has made appearances on the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams, including a performance of Leo Sowerby’s Toccata (program 1446, ‘With Praise and Thanksgiving’).

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