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Our Music Department

James Kennerley, MA MMUS, FRCO, Organist and Choirmaster

Hailing from the south of England, Mr Kennerley served as a boy chorister at Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex before attending Harrow School. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge where he read music and was organ scholar. After taking his B.A. he went down to London where he served as Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral from 2005 to 2006. He came to the United States in 2006 to serve as director of the choir of men and boys at Christ Church, Greenwich. From 2008 to 2013 he served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin here in Manhattan, and during this time he has also served as Assisting Musician at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Trinity Wall Street. In addition, Mr Kennerley has been in high demand by many professional ensembles as both a singer and organist. This year Mr Kennerley begins the M.Mus. program in historical music performance at the Juilliard School. This academic work should dovetail beautifully with his activities here at Saint Ignatius. More information is available on Mr Kennerley’s website.


David Holkeboer, Associate Organist

David Holkeboer graduated from Calvin College in Michigan, where he studied with Ruth Rus. As a student of John Wustman, he received a Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois.  In New York City he maintains a coaching studio and collaborates with singers in recitals.  Mr Holkeboer has worked with the Chamber Opera Theatre of New York, the First American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, the O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, and Opera Lirica in Orvieto, Italy.  He has performed in over forty Community Concerts across the country with soprano Alba Quezada and has recorded a recital program with Mark S. Doss at the Sirius Satellite Radio studios for broadcast.  He has appeared as pianist in performance with Ariel Bybee, Phillip Cokorinos, Susan Dunn, Faith Esham, Scott Hendricks, Ruby Hinds, James McCracken, Erika Sunnegardh, and Sandra Warfield. Mr Holkeboer is a longtime member of the parish, currently serves as a Church Warden, and is very active in our Soup Kitchen program.


Dr Richard Porterfield, Associate Choirmaster


Lucy Tucker Yates, Pastoral Associate for Children and Family Ministries