Richard Barrett joins Cappella Romana in new senior-level role

Richard Barrett

I am so happy to announce our newest addition to the Cappella Romana team, Richard Barrett. Richard joins us in a newly created senior position of Director of Publications, Grants, and Operations.


You may already know him as a part of Cappella Romana’s community, as he has collaborated with us on a broad range of projects. A member of our roster of singers since 2014, he most recently appeared in September 2021’s A COVID Requiem program.

He also co-produced the 2018 premiere performances and forthcoming recording of Heaven and Earth: A Song of Creation (Psalm 103), and he has already contributed to a new pending publication of medieval Byzantine chant from Grottaferrata.

Richard’s unique professional background also includes experience in nonprofit advancement and administration, scholarship, and church music. He will be working on publications of all kinds, including our recording releases on Cappella Records, new grant research and writing, and operations.

Please join me in welcoming Richard to the Cappella Romana team.

Mark Powell
Executive Director



Portland, OR – November 9, 2021 – Cappella Romana is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Barrett as Director of Publications, Grants, and Operations, effective November 9, 2021.         

The appointment concludes a very competitive international search, which attracted candidates from across North America and Europe.

“I am so pleased to welcome Richard to Cappella Romana’s leadership team,” said executive director Mark Powell. “His broad engagement with Orthodox sacred music, the arts and technology, and the academy as well as non-profit administration and fundraising made him the ideal candidate. Out of a very competitive slate, music director Alexander Lingas and I agreed that Richard was ideal as we forge ahead in new strategic directions.”

“I believe strongly in Cappella Romana’s vision and mission,” said Richard. “Cappella Romana has influenced me and my professional path since I sang in 1997’s Taverner/Tavener program as part of The Tudor Choir. This experience inspired me to pursue Orthodox music, liturgy, and spirituality in scholarship, advocacy, and engagement.”

Richard continued, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve an organization that has made such a difference in my own life.”

Richard Barrett was most recently Executive Director of AGES Initiatives. He is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the The Saint John of Damascus Society, and Director of Music at Holy Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Mass. He studied Byzantine chant with Dr. Ioannis Arvanitis, Fr. Romanos Karanos, and John Michael Boyer.

He sings regularly with ensembles such as Cappella Romana, The Saint Tikhon Choir, Psaltikon, the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Orthodox churches and sacred music conferences regularly invite him as a clinician, speaker, and singer. The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians recently appointed him co-chair of the Liturgical Music Education Committee, and since 2016 he has served as Chant Liaison to the Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians.

He holds an M.A. in Ancient History and a B. Mus. in Vocal Performance, both from Indiana University, and a Performer’s Certificate in Byzantine Music from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  Publications include peer-reviewed articles in The Journal of Early Christian Studies and Studia Patristica, as well as essays on Orthodox musical topics in print and online venues. He lives in Boston with his wife Megan and their children Theodore and Katherine.

About Cappella Romana

Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance. Its recording label Cappella Records has released over 25 titles and its publication arm has two forthcoming volumes.

Contact: Mark Powell, Executive Director

(503) 236-8202