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Pedro d'Aquino

Pedro d'AquinoPEDRO d’AQUINO, a native of New York City, is organist and choir director of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun of Short Hills, N.J. He also is cantor of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan’s Theater District, and precentor and music director of the Traditional Latin Mass Community at the Church of the Holy Innocents in the Garment District. Prior to his appointment at B’nai Jeshurun, Pedro served as organist of Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, having previously served as music director of two other synagogues in the New York area stretching back over a period of 30 years. In 2004 he joined the faculty of the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he is an accompanist/coach and instructor of music theory.

A graduate of Stony Brook University, Pedro studied organ with Meredith Elaine Baker and Anne Wilson, conducting with Marguerite Brooks, liturgy and sacred music at the Royal School of Church Music in England, and Gregorian Chant at the Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes in France. His vocal and instrumental compositions and arrangements have been premiered by One World Symphony and the choirs of Temple Emanu-El; Temple B’nai Jeshurun; Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church, Va.; and the Church of the Holy Family (United Nations) in New York City, as well as at Syracuse University.

Pedro has been active in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue for many years, having worked on both Lutheran-Episcopal and Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogues, as well as the Interseminary Dialogue of New York City, an informal gathering of seminarians from eight different Jewish and Christian seminaries in the New York area, representing a variety of denominational traditions. In 2009 he was made a fellow and choir master of the American Guild of Organists and was awarded both the Choir Master Prize and the prestigious S. Lewis Elmer Award for having attained the highest scores on the Choir Master Examination and on any guild examination, respectively.

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