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Welcome to Amanda Mole

January 4, 2021

Amanda Mole

As we ring in a New Year, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Amanda Mole as Assistant Director of Music and Principal Organist. She will be joining us at Saint Joseph Cathedral on 25 January, 2021.

Amanda brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Cathedral Music program, having toured as a concert organist throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. (Most notably, of course, she appeared on our own concert series earlier this season!) She has also competed in numerous international competitions, including winning first-prize at the 8th International Musashino-Tokyo Organ Competition (2017), first-place and audience prize at the Miami International Organ Competition (2016), and first-place at the Arthur Poister Organ Competition (2014) and John Rodland Memorial Organ Competition (2014).

You are welcome to read Amanda’s bio and if you’d like to preview some of her excellent playing, she has several recordings posted on her website. (Including Buxtehude’s Präludium in D Major on the Fritts Opus 26 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester.)

Amanda will be joining us coming from her current position as Director of Music at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Rochester. Please join us in welcoming her to our community as circumstances allow!

Nicole Simental, Organist

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music of St. Joseph Cathedral since 2017, Nicole Simental marks her third performance on the Cathedral’s concert series. Winner of the Fourth International Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and co-winner at the First Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Miss Simental is a candidate for the Doctorate of Music in organ performance at Indiana University where she studied with Dr. Christopher Young.

All Souls Mass featuring Fauré’s Requiem

Monday, November 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir will present Fauré’s Requiem in honor of the Feast of All Souls. The work will be sung in the context of a liturgy. Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, conductor; Dr. Nicole Simental, organist.

Requiem: Maurice Duruflé and Herbert Howells

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

In honor of the Feast of All Souls, the Cathedral Choir will present two settings of the Requiem Mass, by Maurice Duruflé and Herbert Howells. Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, conductor; Miss Nicole Simental, organist.

Organ and Brass

Fritts OrganSunday, September 23, 2018
at 3:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Brass joins Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, conductor, and Miss Nicole Simental, organist, for a presentation of music for organ and brass. The program will feature cori spezzati, a late Renaissance and early Baroque era practice involving spatially separate choirs playing in alternation. Music of Gabrieli, Litaize, Arnatt, and Bach will be played, among others, as well as new works by Tony Zilincik and Richard K. Fitzgerald.

Cathedral Choir Tribute to the Columbus A.G.O.

Friday, October 19, 2018
at 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Columbus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Saint Joseph Cathedral Choir will present a program featuring Duruflé’s Requiem (Op. 9) and Vierne’s Messe solennelle (Op. 16). Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, conductor; Miss Nicole Simental and Dr. David Crean, organists.

Duruflé Requiem Op. 9

Requiem ChantFriday, November 2, 2018
at 6:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Choir will present Duruflé’s Requiem in honor of the Feast of All Souls. The work will be sung in the context of a liturgy celebrated by Bishop Frederick F. Campbell. Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, conductor; Miss Nicole Simental, organist.

Dupré’s “Le Chemin de la Croix”

Friday, April 12, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Miss Nicole Simental, will present Marcel Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix (The Stations of the Cross). Winner of the Fourth International Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and co-winner at the First Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Simental began her duties at the Cathedral in June 2017.

Nicole Simental

Nicole SimentalSunday, October 15, 2017
at 3:00 p.m.

Recently appointed Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Nicole Simental makes her debut performance on the Cathedral’s concert series. Winner of the Fourth International Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and co-winner at the First Sursa American Organ Competition at Ball State University, Miss Simental began her duties at the cathedral last June.

Duruflé Requiem Op. 9

Thursday, November 2, 2017
at 6:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Choir will present Duruflé’s Requiem in honor of the Feast of All Souls. The work will be sung in the context of a liturgy celebrated by Bishop Frederick F. Campbell. Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, conductor; Miss Nicole Simental, organist.

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