Bruce Neswick

Former Assistant Organist and Founding Director, Cathedral Choir of Girls

A native of Kennewick, Washington, Bruce Neswick (b. 1956) served as director of music at St. Albans School and the National Cathedral School from 1996 to 2002, and was assistant organist and founding director of the Girl’s Choir at Washington National Cathedral. These appointments followed tenures as organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky; Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Geneva, Switzerland, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York., and St. Philip’s Episcopal Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2008, he has been organist and choirmaster at St. John the Divine in New York City.

Bruce Neswick holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University magna cum laude and the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Among his teachers have been Robert Baker and Gerre Hancock. He studied with Lionel Rogg at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva. He holds the Fellowship degree from the American Guild of Organists and was the first-place winner in that organization’s national improvisation competition in 1990. He is especially noted for his superb ability as an improvisateur, a craft that only a few organists in the United States have made their specialty.

Under his direction as the founding choirmaster, the Washington National Cathedral Girl Choristers appeared on “CBS This Morning, ” toured England during the summer of 1999, and recorded two compact discs, including one featuring music from the liturgical cycle of the Cathedral. Neswick has also directed and assisted at several summer courses sponsored by the Royal School of Church Music for boy and girl choristers and is in frequent demand as a recitalist and workshop presenter.