Andrew H. Yeargin, chair
Director of Music & Organist
Jose "Cheito" Guevara
Cantor, Misas en español
Cantor & Member, Schola Cantorum
Phelder St Germain
Director, Contemporary Ensemble
Andrew H. Yeargin maintains an extensive career as a recitalist, accompanist, conductor and church musician. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Andrew is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the degrees of Master of Music (2009) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2016) in organ and musicology under the tutelage of the legendary McNeil Robinson. As one of Robinson's final prize-winning organ students, Andrew made Robinson the subject of his doctoral thesis, entitled McNeil Robinson (1943—2015): The Complete Musician. Dr. Yeargin is also an alumnus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., where he studied organ with Matthew Lewis and Diane Meredith Belcher, and conducting with Sun Min Lee and James Jordan, while singing with the foremost orchestras of the world as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
As an organist, Andrew has performed throughout much of the eastern United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and in the Caribbean. He has been identified as demonstrating “a level of accomplishment that augurs well for the future of organ recitals in this country” (The American Organist, October 2008) and “gives hope that there are people out there to keep the flame alight in the fields of church music and organ performance” (The Bombarde, August 2007). His performances in the Tri-State area have been described as “light, crisp and note-perfect—a real tour de force!” and has been called a “master of technical dexterity…if Mozart had been in the balcony, he doubtless would have rushed downstairs to wring Andrew’s hand!” (Greenwich Gossip, October 2008). He has appeared as a solo artist in the L'Organo recital series at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., has frequently appeared on the noonday recital series at Duke University Chapel, and has recorded for the radio program Pipedreams Live! on American Public Media. In 2009, Andrew was the recipient of a grant from the Bedient Organ Company and the Florence Gould Foundation to study and perform on historic instruments of the 18th and 19th centuries in France, and, in 2015, Andrew performed at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis. Andrew has participated in many competitions of international renown, most notably the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition sponsored by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., in which he was awarded first prize in 2007 and was a featured artist at two summer conventions of the Guild.
An active church musician, Dr. Yeargin is currently Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Roman Catholic) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he oversees a considerable music program in a glorious space that is one of North America’s few examples of truly Byzantine architecture. He is also Organist of Congregation Shir Ami in Greenwich, Connecticut. Previously, Andrew served as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Manhasset, NY after completing a tenure as Organ Scholar at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York. He has served on the teaching faculties of the United Choir School in New Haven and at Princeton Theological Seminary. As an accompanist he frequently collaborates with such organizations as the St. George’s Choral Society (NYC), the Lakeland Chorale (NJ) and the Elm City Girls’ Choir (New Haven). Andrew is active as a member of the American Guild of Organists, having recently served on the Executive Board for the Guild’s New York City chapter.