MICHAEL EMMERICH comes to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with seventeen years’ experience in Roman Catholic Church music. As Associate Organist his duties commit him to the unique challenge of authentically enhancing the Church’s liturgical life through her cycle of feasts and seasons in today’s cathedral context. This ministry’s artistic and administrative dimensions take him from office desk to keydesk—equally from cantor podium to conductor’s podium where he assists Dr. Miller with the direction of the Co-Cathedral Schola Cantorum and Cor Jesu.
Whether leading the assembly’s sung prayer from Pasi Opus 19 or animating liturgical time with the organ’s own voice Emmerich’s fluency at the “King of Instruments” comes to bear. He has performed at both regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists as the 2009 Region VI winner of the AGO-Quimby Competition. Showcasing the instrument’s powerful potential as a vehicle for complimentary concert and sacred artistic expressions, Emmerich has likewise appeared as a solo performer in various venues—notably, the 2011 National Convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) in Louisville, Kentucky and on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams Live!” in the spring of 2014. In addition to recital engagements in the US and England he participated in the final Summer Institute of French Organ Studies (2011) in Poitiers and Epernay, France. A proponent of new music, he currently serves on the AGO 2016 New Music Committee.
Presently completing a DMA in Church Music at the University of Kansas, Emmerich has studied organ with James Higdon and conducting with Michael Bauer. In addition to a two year teaching assistantship at KU and positions as accompanist at Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa, Kansas and choral scholar at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center he sang last season with Te Deum: “Kansas City’s Voice for Sacred Music.”
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Emmerich holds the Master of Sacred Music degree. At Notre Dame his teachers included Craig Cramer and Delbert Disselhorst (organ), Nancy Menk of St. Mary’s College (conducting), and Stephen Lancaster (voice). During his studies “under the dome” he regularly assisted the University’s Liturgical Choir, accompanying weekly webcast/broadcast liturgies from the historic Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He can be heard in this capacity on the album “And I Saw a New Heaven” on the Pro Organo label.
Emmerich did undergraduate study in organ performance at the University of Nebraska. In his native Lincoln, he frequently collaborated with UNL’s choral ensembles and served several area churches, particularly the Cathedral of the Risen Christ. His former organ teachers include Christopher Marks, George Ritchie, and Mary Murrell Faulkner.