-The American Organist Magazine
Concert Organist & Choral Conductor
Joseph Causby is the Director of Music and Organist of the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC, and President of the Royal School of Church Music in America. Prior to his appointment in Chapel Hill, Joseph spent 14 years in Texas, most recently at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, where he built one of the most active music programs in the country. Under his direction, the St. Mark’s choir took part in three international English Cathedral residencies; performed many major works with orchestra; and recorded and broadcasted LIVE on NPR and PBS. A passionate collaborator, Joseph has formed relationships with universities and international organizations including Snape Maltings Friday Afternoons project, the Royal Academy of Music, and Cambridge University.
Locally, he has worked with Duke University Chapel’s organ scholar initiative, private and public school music education programs, and the University of North Carolina’s music department and faculty. In addition to serving on the RSCM board since 2017, Joseph is past co-chair of the 2018 national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians, former board member of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, and former Artistic Director of the Alamo Baroque Festival.
As an organ recitalist, Joseph has given concerts in the United States, Canada, England, and France. In 2019, he was a featured speaker for the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Choir School of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. His dissertation, Who dares stand idle? Thomas Tertius Noble, a life in church music, 1867-1953 was completed in 2015.
A native of North Carolina, Joseph holds a BMus from Appalachian State University, an MMus from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Durham (UK), where he also served as the first American organ scholar of Durham Cathedral. His most recent organ study has been with Dame Gillian Weir.