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Joe Simmons is a cantor formation clinician and recording and concert artist based in New York City. He serves as a bilingual (English/Spanish) faculty team leader for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians' Cantor Institute. Also an independent consultant, he leads numerous cantor and lector formation clinics for parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. Since 2000, Joe has chaired the NPM Standing Committee for Cantors, which created the Basic Cantor Certificate, the first step toward national certification in that ministry. A former vocal performance faculty member at New York University, Joe is co-author of Cantor Basics, Second Edition (OCP Publications) and a contributor to Psalmist and Cantor: A Pastoral Music Resource (NPM Publications). He has also published articles in AIM, Pastoral Music, and The Liturgical Singer.

As a producer and vocal artist on World Library Publications' eight-CD collection, Psalms and Ritual Music, Recorded Edition, Joe directed a team of nine cantors on their interpretations of almost 200 psalm settings. His two solo albums, Sudden Waves and Singing Out, on the Oculus Music label, are widely used in healing ministries. His bilingual music videos have been broadcast nationally on the Odyssey Network and Univisión.

Joe served as cantor for fourteen years at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City and is currently Principal Cantor at the Church of St. John the Baptist, also in Manhattan.

Joe earned a master's degree in music performance from New York University and is a graduate of the Spiritual Group Leaders Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland.

E-Mail Contact: jsimmons@oculusmusic.com