Christopher Creaghan

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Christopher Creaghan is a New York City based recitalist, accompanist, and church musician. For twelve years he was organist for The Riverside Church where he weekly played in a service webcast live each Sunday on its renowned Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. He concluded his tenure there as Director of Music overseeing the administration of an extensive multi-choir music program and concert series. He is also the Organist and Choir Director for Temple Israel of New Rochelle.

He has performed recitals on many of New York’s largest instruments including the organs of Saint Bartholomew’s Church, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, in repertoire spanning the Baroque period to 19th Century French masterworks, orchestral transcriptions, and works of New York City composers. Mr. Creaghan has also appeared often performing large scale choral accompaniments with many of New York’s choral organizations including the Collegiate Chorale, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Stonewall Chorale, and the Dessoff Choirs. He has played at the Berkshire Choral Festival, and with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival as well as at Carnegie Hall. He has toured Eastern Europe with the Canticum Novum Singers. Performances with orchestra have included concertos by Poulenc and Handel, and he has been a featured artist with Musica Viva performing Rheinberger’s Concerto in F Major. He has premiered works by Pamela Decker, Bruce Neswick, Gerre Hancock, Stephen Paulus, Iain Quinn, and Nancy Wertsch.

He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with McNeil Robinson and whose works he often performs. An active member of the American Guild of Organists for many years, he is a past Dean of the New York City Chapter. A native of Canada, he has recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is married to composer and mezzo- soprano Nancy Wertsch