-The American Organist Magazine

"Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb was beauty and a balm."

-New York Observer

"The music, live throughout, is very finely played...a complex dreamscape."

-The New York Times

"The quality of singing with Vince Carr’s vivacious accompaniment, made this a show to remember."

-Seen and Heard International

"Carr's feet danced up and down the pedalboard in a dazzling display of virtuosity."

-Indiana Alumni Magazine

VINCENT CARR

Concert Organist
& Collaborative Musician

Vincent Carr is Associate Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to maintaining a studio of organ majors as well as teaching courses in church music and improvisation, he is widely known for his versatility as a performer and collaborative musician. From concert hall to church, he has championed new music and the works of underrepresented composers in diverse and engaging concert programs. In 2020, he was elected National Councillor for Education for the American Guild of Organists, a position that oversees all of the education initiatives of the trade organization’s 14,000 members. 

After earning undergraduate degrees in Organ Performance and Spanish language from Indiana University, Vince continued his graduate music studies at Yale University, where he was the recipient of numerous prizes from the faculty and in national organ competitions. His keen interest in the business aspect of being a career musician led him to undertake further graduate studies in business and personal finance at New York University. He holds the Associate and Choirmaster certificates from the American Guild of Organists and in 2013 he took a sabbatical in France, studying in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger.

As a professional organist, he has served as organist and choirmaster at some of the nation's most noteworthy churches and cathedrals. From 2006-2013, he served the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, where he founded the Wednesdays at Noon concert series as a mission to the city of Newark. In his subsequent post at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, a commercial recording entitled "A Year at Incarnation" was released featuring the cathedral's renowned music ministry. Before joining the IU faculty, he was a professor at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University for close to a decade.

Vince has served as musical director for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in the United Kingdom, as well as the celebrity Irish singing group The Priests. His performance of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb with the Richard Alston Dance Company (London) garnered critical acclaim in both the UK as well as New York City’s Fall for Dance Festival (2016). 

Known for his charisma as a conductor, he has led choirs in both sacred and secular space and served as a conducting fellow for the Grammy-nominated Voices of Ascension. Each summer, he serves as the principle Choral Conductor and clinician for the IU Sacred Music Intensive. As a composer and improviser, he has developed original music for keyboard, choir, silent film and musical theatre. 

Currently, his areas of interest and research include improvisation pedagogy, the organ music of Black composers, particularly Florence B. Price, the integration of artificial intelligence into organ instruction and the career development of church musicians. 

Vincent Carr