Organ Improvisation / Literature / Service Playing (College)
Raymond Nagem is associate director of music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and a member of the organ faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches organ literature, service playing, and improvisation.
Nagem completed his D.M.A. at The Juilliard School in May 2016, where he was a student of Paul Jacobs, and taught the undergraduate course in organ literature from 2012-’15. A native of Medford, Mass., he attended the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and began organ lessons there with John Dunn. He earned his B. A. from Yale University in 2009, as a double major in music and psychology, studied the organ with Thomas Murray, and earned his M. A. in 2011 from Juilliard.
He has worked since 2010 at St. John the Divine, where he has primary responsibility for service playing and choral accompaniment and works regularly with the cathedral’s several choral ensembles. In addition to these duties, he performs frequently in recital both in New York and across the country. His debut album, “Divine Splendor,” recorded at St. John the Divine, was released on the Pro Organo label in 2014.