Music Ministry Staff

Meet the Leaders of Cathedral Music Ministry

Marco Antonio Melendez | Director of Music
A native of San Angelo, Texas, Marco Antonio Melendez began his musical career as a member of the world renowned American Boychoir. While attending the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey, Mr. Melendez performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City with renowned musical figures such as Dr. James Litton, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Previn, Wynton Marsalis, and Kurt Masur.

As a conductor, educator, and sacred musician, Mr. Melendez has led choirs, taught seminars, and has been a guest artist for churches and music programs throughout the country. At only fifteen years of age, he was named the music director of the San Angelo Singing Boys of San Angelo, Texas. Two years later, he was named music director of St. Mark Presbyterian Church, San Angelo. He has founded several choral programs throughout the country as well as a Vocal Music Institute designed to provide young, dedicated singers an advanced level program in which they can progress in their efforts to becoming musical scholars. He has been music director of churches throughout Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California. As director of music ministries of First United Methodist Church in San Angelo, TX he led the Sanctuary Choir on a tour to New York City, performing in Carnegie Hall with world renowned composer/conductor John Rutter. Melendez also served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

While Artistic Director of Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Mr. Melendez prepared his choirs for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, American Boychoir, and many others. He has also prepared choristers for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Maestros Edo de Waart, Andreas Delfs, Stuart Chafetz, and for collaborative performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s THE FOUR TOPS and with the Grammy award winning legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana. During his tenure at Milwaukee Children’s Choir, the organization went from affecting the lives 450 students to 1,500 students throughout the Greater Milwaukee area.  He is also the founder of the Milwaukee Choral Conference, a program designed to provide conversations between school, religious, and community chorus leaders to explore solutions for promoting and preserving the choral arts of today, as well as future generations. 

Mr. Melendez has served as the clinician of several choral festivals and honor choirs in Wisconsin, Virginia, and Florida. He has also led workshops at the State Convention of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and at the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention. Recognized as a leader in the field of the adolescent male’s expanding voice, Melendez also served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs in the North Central Division of ACDA.

Mr. Melendez received a bachelor of music in sacred music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a master of music in vocal pedagogy from Holy Names University.

 

Richard Siegel | Associate Organist 
Richard Siegel 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. 

 

 

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Marco Antonio Melendez
Director of Music
Office: 815.722.6653 x218
music@straymond.net

Richard Siegel
Associate Organist

Heather Moreno
Director of Ensemble Novus
Phone: 708.539.8371
heather.moreno@outlook.com

 

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