New Assistant Organist Called
posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019
by The Saint Thomas Music Office
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Quardokus as Assistant Organist, to work with Jeremy Filsell and Benjamin Sheen.
At present, Nicholas is Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Parish K Street, Washington D.C., where he assists in the organ playing, conducting, and chorister training for weekly services. In addition to duties at St. Paul’s, he is a part-time organist at Washington National Cathedral. He has held similar posts at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel, Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, CT, and Trinity Church, Indianapolis. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His principal teachers included Janette Fishell and Martin Jean (organ), Elisabeth Wright and Arthur Haas (harpsichord), and Jeffrey Brillhart (improvisation).
Nicholas has garnered top prizes in competitions around the country, winning first prize at the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 2013, he took first prize in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists. As a solo recitalist, he has performed throughout the Eastern United States, including appearances at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Kennedy Center, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. His solo performances have been broadcast on public radio’s Harmonia Early Music and Pipedreams. He was the featured organist in the 2018 German documentary The Unanswered Ives, which is to be broadcast on French and German television. He has appeared with the Cathedral Choral Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Master Chorale.
Jeremy Filsell writes, "We are so excited to appoint Nick to our team at St. Thomas. He brings to our music program a wealth of teaching and accompanying experience for someone so early in his career, and I know that his accomplished playing will adorn our musical worship in inspiring ways."
Nick will join us at some point this summer!