Jamie Hitel is a British American organist and choir director. He currently holds the post of Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich – a historic Episcopal parish in the New York metropolitan area.
With broad experience as a performer, composer, conductor and educator, Jamie Hitel has held a variety of positions and performed in different settings across the globe.
Formerly Director of Music at Waltham Abbey, England, Jamie moved to the USA in 2000. Since that time, he has worked within the Episcopal church, training choirs of boys, girls, and adults, both professional and volunteer.
Jamie Hitel maintains a busy solo organ recital career, having given recitals in several of the UK cathedrals, as well as major venues across Europe. He has appeared as a guest conductor of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra and Valparaiso Chamber Choir, and taken part in a series of performances at St Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany
Recent choral engagements have included directing choir residences at York Minster, Bristol Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and Canterbury Cathedral (2022). A choir residency at Westminster Abbey will take place in July 2024.
Compositions include hymns, chants, anthems, and two stage musicals. Published anthems include Hark, the Glad Sound (Encore Publications), and Bread of the World (RSCM). Recently commissioned works include Be shepherds of God’s flock, written for the 2021 installation of the Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina.
When he is not making music, Jamie enjoys taking Hungarian lessons, and non-competitive running.