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Monica Berney to St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C.

November 3, 2023
Monica Berney
Monica Berney

Monica Berney, née Czausz, is appointed director of music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C., one of the earliest Anglo-Catholic parishes in the United States. St. Paul’s features a music program with a semi-professional choir that, in addition to solemn High Mass on Sunday mornings, sings for numerous midweek feasts and regular Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Berney has performed at venues across the United States including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine; the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia; and Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia. She has been featured at numerous regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (North Central, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, and Northeast), as well as the online Organfest in 2019 and the 2017 national convention in Houston, as Evensong organist and as “Rising Star.” She has performed at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society: Minneapolis/St. Paul (2017), Philadelphia (2016), and western Massachusetts (2015). She also performed at the 2016 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival.  

Berney graduated from The Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2019 with diplomas in organ and harpsichord performance. In 2017 she graduated summa cum laude from Rice University, Houston, Texas, where she completed a five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s program in organ performance with Ken Cowan. Prior positions include interim director of music at St. Paul’s Parish; King of Glory Lutheran Church, Dallas; Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer, New York City; and Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. 

Monica Berney is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists: https://www.concertorganists.com/

For information: https://www.monicaberney.com/ and http://www.saintpaulskstreet.org/.


Other recent appointments:

Thomas Fielding to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Cathedral, Cleveland

Jack Mitchener to Emory University

Julie Zhu to University of Michigan