Joe Simmons, psalmist for the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in New York’s Yankee Stadium in 2008, is Principal Cantor at the Church of St. John the Baptist in New York City. He serves on the faculty of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ Cantor Express Institute and has also taught vocal performance at New York University. He is also an independent consultant and an active concert and recording artist.
Simmons is a frequent convention speaker and is well known for his cantor and lector formation workshops and residencies, which he offers in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. He is author of The Work of the Cantor: Proclaimer of the Word, Leader of Prayer (World Library Publications); co-author of Cantor Basics, Revised Edition, (OCP Publications); a contributor to Psalmist and Cantor: A Pastoral Music Resource (NPM Publications); and he has published articles in Pastoral Music and AIM Liturgy Resource.
Joe served as a producer and vocalist on World Library Publications’ eight-CD collection, Psalms and Ritual Music, selections of which are featured on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Web site. His recordings of inspirational music, Singing Out and Sudden Waves, are widely used in healing ministries and his bilingual music videos have appeared nationally on the critically acclaimed television series, Nuestra Familia/Our Family, on the Odyssey Channel and Univisión. He has also performed on stages in seven countries in Europe, North and South America.
Joe Simmons received a Master’s degree in Music Performance from New York University, where he also received a Professional Certificate in Personal Development Coaching. In addition, he is a graduate of the Contemplative Group Leaders Program of the ecumenical Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Joe is available for interviews and has appeared on CNN, Relevant Radio, the Catholic Channel of Sirius Satellite Radio, and various local and international media outlets. To contact him for an interview, click here.