Tom Sheehan


Canon Michael McCarthy, the Cathedral’s director of music, is thrilled to announce Tom Sheehan as the Cathedral’s new organist.

Prior to joining the Cathedral in 2019, Sheehan was Associate University Organist and Choirmaster at Memorial Church of Harvard University, and previously served at Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia and Trinity Church Princeton. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Boston University.

Sheehan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, and has played across the U.S., Canada and Europe. He succeeds the Rev. Benjamin Straley, who left the Cathedral in 2018 to follow his calling into the priesthood at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, Conn.

“When we started looking for a long-term replacement for Benjamin, Tom’s name kept coming up, and I’m glad it did,” McCarthy said. “Tom brings a depth of musical excellence, a knowledge and love for the church, and that unique set of skills that is needed for a setting like this Cathedral.”

Sheehan will take his seat on the bench beneath the Cathedral’s 1938 Skinner organ and all of its 10,647 pipes alongside George Fergus, the Cathedral’s assistant organist.