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Biography

John Morabito

     John Morabito is an organist and church musician based in Rochester, NY.  Since 2015 he has served as the Diocesan Choir Director and Organist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, NY.  In addition to his work at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, he is the Director of Music for the Latin Mass Community at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit, NY where he oversees the music for both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  John is also active as an instructor of both organ and piano in the Rochester area.  In 2018, he organized the first annual Diocesan Organ Academy held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  

     John completed a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Historical Keyboards at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Higgs and William Porter.  While at Eastman, he also studied the harpsichord with William Porter and the Pedal Clavichord with Ulrika Davidsson.  Prior to his studies at Eastman, his teachers included Lawrence Heath, Neil Stahurski, Gretchen Franz, and Elizabeth Harrison.

     Several organ works have been dedicated to John. These include Scott Perkin's “Threnody,” as well as Rachel Laurin's Rondo from “Twelve Short Pieces.” More recently, Rachel Laurin dedicated “Symphony No. 2” to him. John gave the world premiere of that work in the 2010 Calgary Organ Festival: Young Artists’ Platform series, for which he was selected to participate as one of three young artists from an international pool of applicants. Rachel Laurin’s work takes the form of a symphonic tone poem based on Edgar Allan Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher.” John followed the world premiere with the American premiere of this work at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, NY in October of 2011.