Meet the Leaders of Cathedral Music Ministry
James Grzadzinski | Music Director | is an organist, pianist, choral conductor, and composer whose work and ministry has been in service to the people of God and the Roman Catholic Church. A native of the south suburbs of Chicago, James has studied piano since age 4 and has been playing in churches since age 7. Graduating summa cum laude with a BA in Music and an Honors Diploma from Saint Xavier University in May 2012, James’ principal teachers include Greg Coutts, PhD – Theory, Patricia Lee, MM – Piano, Zvonimir Nagy, DMus – Theory/Composition/Organ (Co-Thesis Advisor), Martha Swisher, MM – Choral Conducting, and Thomas Thorp, PhD – Aesthetics (Co-Thesis Advisor). James’ interests in sacred music and theological aesthetics are reflected in his Honors thesis “Cathedral of the Forest: A Musical and Philosophical Discourse on an Original Score”. James continued graduate studies in liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union, graduating with a Graduate Certificate in Liturgical Studies in May 2016.
Recently, James was appointed as Music Director of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus in the Diocese of Joliet. James will conduct the parish’s choirs, while preparing the sacred music for parish and diocesan liturgical celebrations. James’ previous ministerial assignments have included Principal Organist/Associate Conductor, Saint Linus – Oak Lawn (September 2008-October 2011) and Music Director, Sacred Heart – Palos Hills (October 2011-July 2015). In his tenure at Sacred Heart, James was the founding artistic and musical director of the Sacred Heart Summer Music Series, performing music in many genres, including the presentation of major choral works such as the Fauré Requiem. James has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and is active as a recitalist, speaker, and lecturer in the Chicagoland area. As a composer, James’ works have been performed by the Sacred Heart Cantori, Saint Linus Chamber Ensemble, and Southwest Symphony Orchestra. His organ piece Orationem cum jubilo is forthcoming from Paraclete Press, while his Lenten introit You Are Merciful to All, O Lord is published by Oregon Catholic Press.
James is a member of the American Guild of Organists (Southwest Suburban Chapter), Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (along with the other Cathedral Music Staff), and the Southwest Pastoral Musicians.
James enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox. He enjoys collaborating with the talented musicians and ministering to the wonderful community at St. Raymond.
Richard Siegel | Associate Organist, is a retired Will County Circuit Judge who presently serves as a Tribunal Judge for the Diocese of Joliet. He is Music Director at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Joliet and organist and Choirmaster of the Ecclesiastical Choral Society at the Joliet Tridentine Community at St. Joseph Church.
Siegel holds Doctorates in Law and Sacred Music and a Masters degree in Theology. He is a published author and composer and an elected member of Pontifical Society of Sacred Music. He holds Colleague status in the American Guild of Organists, is a Grand Officer in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and MENSA International.
Siegel accompanies choral and diocesan liturgies at the Cathedral, and is a member of the Conference for Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians.