Geoffrey Simon

Geoffrey Simon

Geoffrey Simon is Organ Curator at Raleigh Moravian Church. A Fellow of the College of Church Musicians at the National Cathedral, where he studied with Paul Callaway and Leo Sowerby, he holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.  He was Director of University Choirs at The American University in Washington, DC, before becoming Professor of Church Music at Wesley Seminary.

He has played, sung, and/or conducted in 20 states and in European capitals including Berlin, Copenhagen, and Warsaw. He is one of few Americans to play a recital at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Bach served as Cantor.  His North Carolina connections began at Duke University, where his musical activities included singing in three choral organizations, playing violin in the Duke Orchestra, accompanying, playing the carillon for two years, and being the first student to share a recital with a faculty member, playing the three Bach Gamba Sonatas with ‘cellist William Klenz.

When playing chamber music requiring harpsichord, he uses the Thomas Goff instrument originally made for Thurston Dart, the eminent English musician who was at the forefront of the re-discovery of Baroque performance practices.

Articles by Geoffrey Simon:

NC Symphony's New Season Rocks with Early and Final Works of Rachmaninoff

Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  September 22, 2017

Scintillating Tchaikovsky, Superb Shostakovich by North Carolina Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  May 19, 2017

Jenkins Work Highlights "Voices" Concert

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  May 6, 2017

NC Master Chorale Brings Brahms to Meymandi

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  January 29, 2017

Chanticleer: Simply Superb Singing at Duke

Vocal Ensemble Review by Geoffrey Simon,  November 27, 2016

Suter's Masterful Playing of Duruflé Organ Works at Duke Chapel

Recital Review by Geoffrey Simon,  November 13, 2016

Bostridge's and Adès' Hauntingly-Exquisite Schubertian Journey at Duke

Recital Review by Geoffrey Simon,  October 20, 2016

Orlando Consort / Voices Appeared: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Early Music, Film Review by Geoffrey Simon,  April 8, 2016

Cameron Carpenter: A Multifaceted Artist

Recital Review by Geoffrey Simon,  March 19, 2016

Aber's Recital Features Organ's Trumpet Sounds

Recital Review by Geoffrey Simon,  March 6, 2016

A Totally Lovely Concert by Cantus

Vocal Ensemble Review by Geoffrey Simon,  January 30, 2016

Scintillating and Melodic Mendelssohn from NC Artists

Chamber Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  January 15, 2016

NC Symphony and Master Chorale "Go Baroque" with Bach and Handel

Choral Music, Holiday Concert, Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  December 4, 2015

Górecki Sung in "Stereo" by NC Master Chorale

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  October 25, 2015

Early Cantata Highlights Bach Vesper

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  October 16, 2015

The Brentano Quartet: Exquisitely-Intimate Music-Making

Chamber Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  September 26, 2015

Duke Vespers Ensemble Records Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri

Choral Music, Early Music Media Review by Geoffrey Simon,  August 30, 2015

Gardiner Applies Special Touch To Sacred Monument

Choral Music, Early Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  April 19, 2015

Radiant Dvořák Stabat Mater

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  April 12, 2015

Timely St. Matthew Passion at Duke Chapel

Choral Music, Early Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  March 29, 2015

Chamber Choir Excels in "American Classics" Program

Chamber Music, Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  March 27, 2015

Polychoral Sonorities Delight Duke Chapel Audience

Early Music, Vocal Ensemble Review by Geoffrey Simon,  October 30, 2014

Musical Words from the 13th and 19th Centuries

Vocal Ensemble Review by Geoffrey Simon,  September 27, 2014

An "Old-Time" Recital at St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Recital Review by Geoffrey Simon,  September 19, 2014

Baldwin Celebration Season Celebrates "The Ninth"

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  April 5, 2014

Fine Vocal Blending in Polish Choral Music

Early Music, Vocal Ensemble Review by Geoffrey Simon,  January 30, 2014

Porsches and Chamber Music at the NCMA

Chamber Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  January 12, 2014

NC Symphony and Master Chorale in Baroque Brilliance

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  December 6, 2013

Estonian Choral Perfection in Duke Chapel

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  November 12, 2013

Riverdeep Masters Varied Male Chorus Repertoire

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  October 19, 2013

A Fine Beethoven Ninth for Llewellyn's Tenth

Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  September 20, 2013

Beautiful Brahms, Scintillating Shostakovich

Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  April 23, 2013

Brahms' A German Requiem Honors the Memory of Robert Ward

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  April 12, 2013

A Stellar, Multimedia "Planets"

Orchestral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  February 1, 2013

Christmas Music from France

Choral Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  December 14, 2012

UNC Ensembles Present Baroque and Renaissance Gems

Early Music Review by Geoffrey Simon,  December 9, 2012