Monday, July 1 | 6pm Choral Evensong
Well-known as one of the most gifted church musicians of his generation, Mark Dwyer has held the position of Organist and Choirmaster of The Church of the Advent, Boston since 2007. He has held similar positions at St. Paul's Church, K Street in Washington, DC and The Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York. He conducts The Advent Choir, an all-professional ensemble of 18 singers which presents over 100 anthems and motets in addition to fifty choral settings of the mass each year for the liturgies of The Church of the Advent. During his tenure, The Advent Choir has become known not only for their stylish performances of Renaissance polyphony, but also for their impassioned readings of 20th and 21st century works. Dr Dwyer is active as an organ recitalist, having presented programs throughout the United States and in England. His work as conductor, accompanist and recitalist may be heard on the JAV, Arsis, and AFKA recording labels.
For nearly 30 years, he has been Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Michael’s Conference for Young People, an Episcopal Church summer conference for one-hundred young adults. He has also served on the Faculty of the Dexter School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Mark Dwyer is a graduate of the New England Conservatory; in 2012, Nashotah House Seminary awarded him the degree, Doctor of Music, honoris causa, in recognition of his contributions to the field of sacred music.
American Record Guide refers to Dr Dwyer as “...a formidable interpreter, with plenty of technique and—more important—a very musical approach.” The Journal of The Anglican Association of Musicians reports: “...Mark shows off [the organ] to spectacular advantage... The playing is solid throughout with a fully formed sense of ...period and style...” The American Organist says: [Mark Dwyer] gave a stirring performance… [The Advent Choir] all but defined elegant singing…phrases rising and falling, and harmonies crunching just so…”