B i o g r a p h y
“The Virgin Consort’s recording of the Messe de Minuit pour Noël [Gothic G49077] is a stylish recreation of a Christmas service at Saint-Chapelle. Under the direction of Kyler Brown, the Consort presents the Mass with all the chant propers, making it quite an authentic experience. Brown’s organ playing is delicate and, when necessary, suitably grand, while the ensemble is topnotch. There exists no better recording of this work.” Early Music America
Recognized as both an organist and conductor, Kyler Brown is the newly appointed Music Director and Organist at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village. At St. Joseph’s he will conduct the Choir of St. Joseph’s, establish a concert series featuring the new Létourneau Organ and develop a multi-choir program for children through adults. In addition, he is the Founder and Artistic Director/Conductor of The Virgin Consort and is an Adjunct Organist at Columbia University.
Kyler leaves a similar position as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste, New York City where established a 20 member children’s choir ages 6-11, a Parish Choir of 14 members and the nine member professional choir. He was the founder of the music series Music Under the Dome and was the consultant to the parish for the installation of the new Murray Harris/Wicks Organ. Previously, he served as Music Director and Organist at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City, where he established an international concert series and served as the consultant for the restoration and completion of the church's historic Æolian- Skinner Organ.
Most recently he conducted the Choir of St. Jean Baptiste in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and was featured in a new recording on the Naxos label of the Suite in G Major for Organ and Orchestra by Ottorino Respighi with the Chamber Orchestra of New York.
His recent recordings of the Great Organs of New York City (Bischof & Vitacco Records) and Masterpieces from the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Gothic Records) have been hailed by critics: “Brown is a virtuoso and his ability to bring out the grandeur of the music is impressive.” (The Diapason); and “The performances are so consistently top- rung that singling out Kyler Brown’s rendition of Dupre’s G-Minor Prelude and Fugue at St. Mary the Virgin hardly seems fair.” (The New Yorker). Additionally, he has recorded privately for National Public Radio, the Frick Museum and the Methuan Memorial Hall Foundation.
Mr. Brown made his Lincoln Center debut in 1992 conducting in a performance of Handel's Messiah and has presented recitals throughout the United States and Italy. He has introduced and conducted the American premieres of choral works by Kamala Sankaram, Lee Hoiby, Virgil Thomson, James Primosch and Jackson Hill.