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Douglas Keilitz, Organist

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portrait of doug keilitzDouglas Keilitz is Organist and Choirmaster at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in New York City. The church worships in the Anglo-Catholic tradition and maintains an all-professional choir.

A native of Long Island, his earliest studies were with Robert Arnold and Robert K. Kennedy. Mr. Keilitz studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where his teachers included William Whitehead and Richard Westenburg. More recently, he studied with Stephen Hamilton. Over his thirty-five year career, he has held various church positions throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Keilitz is active as a recitalist, performing concerts in many of New York’s landmark churches, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Mary the Virgin, the Church of the Transfiguration, and St. Paul’s Chapel. Quoting the Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO newsletter after a performance in Allentown, Pennsylvania: “Douglas Keilitz amazed the listeners with a breathtaking performance of the (Bach) Pièce d’Orgue“...and “His playing was outstanding...“

He has performed in master classes with renowned organists Marie-Claire Alain (filmed by the American Guild of Organists as part of its “Masters Series” DVD collection), Olivier Latry, James David Christie, Charles Callahan, and Martin Jean. An experienced choral director, he has founded several community choruses and is a former director of the Greater Trenton Choral Society. He is also active as an accompanist and vocal coach, and serves in that capacity for several community choruses and synagogues.

Mr. Keilitz has been a member of the Executive Board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, holding the positions of Registrar and Archivist. An elected member of the St. Wilfrid Club (New York City’s organists ‘society’), he is also a member of the Anglican Association of Musicians, the Royal College of Organists, and the Gregorian Society.

In addition to his musical career, Mr. Keilitz is also active as a pipe organ builder, restorer, technician, and curator. The son of a machinist, he is skilled at cabinet and furniture-grade woodworking, and enjoys maintaining his home near Nantucket Sound.