Kimberly Ann Hess is  Director of Music and Liturgy in Memorial Chapel at Ft. Myer in Arlington, VA and Instructor of Music at Marymount University also in Arlington, VA.  In addition, she is currently Dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

She was Director of Music and Organist at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY), where she directed the Cadet Catholic Choir.  In addition, as one of three post organists, she played in the many chapels on post including the Post Chapel, Old Cadet Chapel and the Cadet Chapel, which houses the largest, all-pipe, church organ in the world.

She was Director of Liturgical Music at Georgetown University from 2002-2006, where she directed the chapel choir, served as chapel organist, and oversaw the music for all campus liturgies. In addition, at Georgetown, she taught organ and music courses through the Program in Performing Arts.  Under her direction, the Georgetown University Chapel Choir performed twice at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; once with Roberta Flack and once with Jessye Norman.

From 1994-2001, she was Director of Music and College Organist at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Under her direction, the Stonehill College Chapel Choir recorded two compact discs, Lux et Spes: Light and Hope (Music for the Liturgical Year) and Gaudete (Music for Advent and Christmas).

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree in Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Illinois.

In 1994, Dr. Hess won first prize in both the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition in New York and the Gruenstein Memorial Organ Contest for Women, a national competition sponsored by the Chicago Club of Women Organists.

She has performed solo recitals in Cadet Chapel at West Point in NY, Princeton University, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Church of the Ascension in Chicago, St. John’s Cathedral in Milwaukee, the University of Syracuse, City Hall in Portland, Maine, King’s Chapel in Boston, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Washington National Cathedral, and Methuen Hall in Methuen, MA. She representd the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in a performance at Trinity Church on Copley Square as part of First Night Festivities to usher in the new millennium. Her concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA was broadcast live on radio and several recordings of her performances have been broadcast on Boston’s Classical Radio Station, WCRB-FM. She has been a featured recitalist for National Conventions of the Organ Historical Society in 1992 (Maine), 1994 (Connecticut), 2000 (Boston), 2005 (Southeastern, Massachusetts) and 2011 (Washington, DC); and her playing can be heard in the OHS Historical Organs series of recordings from those events.

One of her great honors was to play the organ for legendary actress, Maureen O’Hara’s Funeral Mass held on November 9, 2015 in Arlington, VA.

 

 

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