Benedict Sheehan

guest conductor

Conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan has been called “a remarkable musician” and “one of the most important voices in American Orthodox choral music” (Choral Journal). He is Artistic Director of the Saint Tikhon Choir and the newly-founded Artefact Ensemble, as well as Director of Music at St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary in Pennsylvania. His work as a Chorus Master on the 2020 Naxos release of Kastalsky’s Requiem for Fallen Brothers earned him and his collaborators a 2021 GRAMMY® nomination, and he was recently awarded 2nd Place in the 2021 American Prize for Choral Conducting. His Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2020), on which he conducts the Saint Tikhon Choir, has garnered critical acclaim as “simply beyond praise for excellence” (Fanfare), “radiant…superb…a masterstroke” (MusicWeb International), “fresh and vibrant…spot on…a superb effort” (Audiophile Audition), “inventive, moving, and extravagantly beautiful” (The American Organist), and “a new standard for excellence in the American choral landscape” (The Living Church Magazine). His innovative choral “story score” was featured on Skylark Vocal Ensemble’s 2021 GRAMMY®-nominated album Once Upon A Time, and has been hailed as “evocative” (Gramophone), “quite extraordinary” (Limelight), “brilliant” (MetroWest Daily News), and “otherworldly” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). His newest story score, based on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, was recently recorded by Skylark and will be released in November of 2021. Sheehan’s monumental new Vespers was recorded in 2021 by the Saint Tikhon Choir under the composer’s direction, and will also be released in November of 2021. Sheehan’s music is published by Oxford University Press, Artefact Publications, Musica Russica, and others. Upcoming performances of his music in the 2021-22 season will include new commissions from Conspirare and Cappella Romana, and performances by Skylark and the Houston Chamber Choir. This fall he will conduct Artefact Ensemble in the world premiere of Arvo Pärt’s O Holy Father Nicholas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. To learn more visit www.benedictsheehanmusic.com

Upcoming Performances:

Sheehan Divine Liturgy In English

3-5 Dec 2021