Todd Fickley is the Associate Music Director and Chorus Master of the Cathedral Choral Society. He also performs with the Washington Bach Consort, and teaches with the community outreach cast of the “Bach In Time” program, which introduces DC public school children to the history and beauty of classical music. Mr. Fickley is the Organist of The Falls Church (Anglican) in Falls Church, Virginia, as well as the Organist and Assistant Choir Director at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Fickley began his organ studies as a scholarship student of the Potomac Organ Institute at the Washington National Cathedral under Bruce Neswick. He has also studied under Dr. Victor Shklyar, Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh, and Dr. Bruce Myers. Mr. Fickley spent a year performing and teaching in Moscow and has taken master classes with Marie-Claire Alain, Maurice Clerc, and David Higgs. His years of working with children and young people using the Royal School of Church Music System included teaching and preparing a 150 member choir of all ages for numerous performances of serious repertoire such as Bach’s Passions and Cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, and annual Nine Lessons and Carols Programs. His groups presented outreach performances at various venues such as embassies, colleges, and community centers singing pieces in many languages.
At the age of 23, Mr. Fickley was made a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He also holds the AGO Choirmaster Diploma and holds an M.A. in Organ Performance with High Distinction from the University of Wales.
A prize-winning organist, Mr. Fickley has been featured numerous times on NPR and PRI and has performed and conducted across the United States, Israel, and Europe. He is frequently seen as conductor, soloist, accompanist and speaker in the Washington DC metro area.
Keyboard Artist and Vocal Coach Joy Schreier has been described by Plácido Domingo as an “orchestra at the piano” and hailed as a pianist who “really has it all – fiery technique and a rich, warm tone.” She has been praised by The Washington Post as a “responsive accompanist” and an “ideal support” at the piano, and has been credited as “providing much of the evening’s musical nuance,” “so noteworthy that the room seemed to vibrate from her depth and skill,” and “the dream accompanist that a singer hopes to find at some point in one’s lifetime.”
Schreier has been presented in recital at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the National Portrait Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Cosmos Club, Strathmore Hall, the Embassies of Austria, Russia, Poland, Anderson House on Embassy Row and recital halls throughout the country. Internationally, she has performed in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Schreier has coached for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and served as official pianist for both the Washington International Voice Competition and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received her Doctorate in Accompanying and Chamber Music in 2003 at the Eastman School of Music where she was the recipient of the Barbara Koeng Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying. Former teachers include Jean Barr, Ann Schein, Laurence Morton, and Doug Guiles.