John Edward Cantrell

John Cantrell

Choirmaster & Organist

A performer who is comfortable with many genres, John Edward Cantrell, is known to his colleagues as a “musician’s musician.” From Carnegie Hall to Rock Arenas, Mr. Cantrell has performed as a pianist, organist and multi-instrumentalist throughout the United States, Ireland, England, and Western Europe, performing not only as a solo concert artist, but also as an ensemble accompanist, and with jazz and pop groups that entertained audiences of 3,000 people per show. The Rheinische Post writes “…A great concert played by a great artist, honored with a long-lasting applause.” Classic Records in Los Angeles describes Mr. Cantrell’s performance with the pop group Love Jones as “…wizardly playing.”

As a composer, Mr. Cantrell has scored music for NEA funded Arts Education films and multimedia projects for children. He also has numerous sacred choral works composed for the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Louisville, KY and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, in Manhattan, where he is currently the organist and choirmaster.

As a recording engineer, Mr. Cantrell is the exclusive engineer for Grammy nominated Steinway artist, Lenore Raphael. Through her weekly radio program on, Mr. Cantrell has worked with legendary jazz musicians such as – Jon Hendricks, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Kindred, Mike Longo, Vic Juris, Bennie Wallace, Warren Vache, Joel Frahm, Gene Burtoncini, Jay Leonhart, Marlene Ver Planck, Ronnie Whyte, Enrico Granafei, and the list continues to grow! Marsha Hillman, staff writer for All about Jazz and All about writes of Mr. Cantrell – “John Cantrell has the greatest ‘ears’ I’ve met in a long time!”

Mr. Cantrell holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Louisville. His teachers have included noted performers and scholars Melvin Dickinson, Thomas Murray, and Martin Jean. Mr. Cantrell has also received private coaching sessions with artists Susan Landale and Charles Kriegbaum.

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