Jamie Hitel is Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut – a historical Episcopal parish just outside New York City.
Following several years as Director of Music at Waltham Abbey, England, Jamie relocated to the United States, where he took up the position of Organist and Choirmaster at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio.
While in Akron, Jamie made several CD recordings and co-founded the Firestone Memorial Chamber Music Series, showcasing leading members of the Cleveland Orchestra in works for strings and organ.
Jamie left Akron to become Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich in 2008, where his duties include directing the Choir of Men & Boys, the St Cecilia Choir of Girls, the Christ Church Singers, and several other choral ensembles.
Jamie’s interest in contemporary church music inspired him to establish a visiting artist program at Christ Church, which has resulted in several new commissions, most notably by leading British composer Philip Moore. Two of these will feature on a new CD recording of the St Cecilia Choir of Girls, due out in the first half of 2014.
When not directing choirs, Jamie maintains a busy solo recital career. Recital venues include St Paul’s and Westminster Cathedrals, London, as well as Trinity Church, Wall Street and Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. Future engagements include appearances at Cathedrals in Seattle, USA, and Paderborn, Germany.
Jamie, now an American citizen, lives in Riverside, Connecticut.