Vincent Carr is an organist, conductor and composer based in the New York City Metropolitan area. He currently serves as Associate Organist & Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York. Since 2009, Mr. Carr has been an adjunct professor at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. A graduate of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Mr. Carr studied organ performance with Martin Jean, improvisation with William Porter and Jeffrey Brillhart and choral conducting with Jeffrey Douma. Vince has received both the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and the Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Spanish from Indiana University (Bloomington). While attending Indiana University, he studied organ with Larry Smith, harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright and improvisation and church music with John Schwandt and Marilyn Keiser.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Carr attended LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA studied privately with keyboardist Temple Painter and composer Harold Boatrite. Known for his versatility as a performer, Mr. Carr leads an eclectic musical career with interests in chamber music, musical theater, church music, global popular music & songwriting. He is a fervent supporter of contemporary music and the works of living composers. A recipient of the Charles Ives Prize from the Yale School of Music, he has been an award winner in several national performance and improvisation competitions and is in high demand as a clinician, lecturer and performer. In September 2011, Vince achieved a special distinction amongst musicians by performing a solo concert in the Republic of Cuba, a trip sanctioned by the U. S. Department of Treasury. In 2012, Mr. Carr took national examinations to become an Associate and Choirmaster of the American Guild of Organists and was awarded the prize for obtaining the highest score.
A truly ecumenical musician, Vince can be found playing in houses of worship all over the metropolitan area. He is currently the organist at Beth Am Temple in Pearl River, NY. From 2006-2013, he served as Associate Organist at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Newark, NJ), home to the state’s largest church organ. In the summer of 2013, he was invited by the European American Musical Alliance to be a composition student at the famed Schola Cantorum de Paris, where he studied in the legendary tradition of Nadia Boulanger. Recently, he served as accompanist for Great Britten, a collaboration between Vocal Accord, led by conductor Heather Buchannan, and the Richard Alston Dance Company, featuring the masterpiece Rejoice in the Lamb in Montclair, London & New York City. In 2014, he was the featured organist on the recording “A Year At Incarnation,” featuring choral music from the church year at the Long Island Cathedral. He currently serves as continuo keyboardist of the famous Bach Players, the resident orchestra for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Central Park West. Vince enjoys cycling, film festivals, traveling and visiting farms and wineries. For more information as well as multimedia items, please visit vincecarrmusic.com