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Matthew Steynor, a native of Britain, has been at Trinity Cathedral since 2007. As Director of Music he directs and accompanies the Cathedral Choir, as well the Anglican Chorale of Southeast Florida, which he co-founded. A frequent solo recitalist, Mr Steynor is well-known for his organ transcriptions on Trinity's versatile instrument. He has played all the major instruments in the area in solo recitals, liturgies, conventions and workshops for organizations such as the Church Music Association of America and the American Guild of Organists.
He is a graduate of Cambridge University (U.K.), where he earned a Master of Arts degree and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. He was an organ scholar at Queens’ College, where he was jointly responsible for the music in the college chapel for three years. Prior to coming to Trinity Cathedral Mr Steynor worked at Great St Mary's in Cambridge, UK, St Thomas Episcopal Parish in Coral Gables, FL and Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas. He was recently honored with the "Spirit of Absalom Jones Award" from the Miami Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
In addition to his duties at Trinity Cathedral, he has also performed (as organist) with the New World Symphony, Seraphic Fire, the Miami Bach Society, Symphony of the Americas and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in many US states and countries; notable venues include the New World Center, Washington National Cathedral and a solo recital at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
He teaches organ at the New World School of the Arts, and occasionally works with the vocal students including an appointment as their interim choir director in 2014. He has been heard on the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio show Pipedreams, and in 2008 was one of fifty choirmasters selected to participate in BBC Music Magazine’s worldwide “Fifty Greatest Carols” survey.