James R. Fitzpatrick studied composition at Mannes College of Music in New York City prior to graduating from American University in Washington, DC with a double major in Music and English.
He has worked as a musician in the Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church, Catholic Church, Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and Baptist Church, giving him a wide knowledge of multiple worship traditions and repertoire. He has also worked in the entertainment industry as an arranger/composer/music director for Opryland Productions, Everyman Theatre, Annapolis Shakespeare Theatre, Only Theatre, and the Kennedy Centre. In 2014, he was commissioned by the City of Annapolis to create a major choral work in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the City’s charter. That work, “The Chartered Course” has been performed multiple times with The Heritage Harbour Chorus, the Colin Lett Chorale, and the Asbury UMC Choir.
St. Mary Magdalene Church recently installed a state of the art Viscount digital organ with sound rivaling that of a large pipe organ.
The church acoustics provide the perfect space for making music of all kinds, from congregational singing during worship to concerts for the community.
The St. Mary Magdalene Chancel Choir meets on Saturday afternoons for one hour to review music for worship and prepare occasional special anthems for services. There is no audition requirement for participation, but a commitment to regularly meet for rehearsal and attendance at Sunday services is required. Choir members are encouraged to spend time in prayer for the church and fellow choir members. Diversity in music styles and hymnody remains a hallmark of the music program. Starting in September, on the second Sunday of the month, our new concert series will begin. Watch for an announcement of the full six concert series and dates.