Director of Sacred Music
A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Max Tenney is honored to have joined the Notre Dame Seminary community as Organist and Director of Sacred Music. Early musical training included membership in the prestigious Phoenix Boys Choir, as well as piano and organ studies from age eight. Undergraduate education at the famed Westminster Choir College, and subsequent graduate studies at the Saint Joseph Seminary, both at Princeton, lead to degrees in Organ Performance, Sacred Music, and Liturgy. Major teachers included Joan Lippincott (Organ), Joseph Flummerfelt (Conducting), Gerard Farrell, O.S.B. (Gregorian Chant), and Robin Leaver (Sacred Music). Additional studies were with the noted scholar of Gregorian Chant, Paul Salamunovich, and with the great American Concert Organist Ted Alan Worth. From 2006-2010, Max served as the Assistant Organist to the landmark Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and as the Archdiocesan Organist to the American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. Most recently, he served as the Interim Organist and Choirmaster at St. Patrick’s Church, Camp Street. The parish is renowned for liturgies celebrated in both forms of the Roman Rite, as well for offering a music program of the highest caliber. Frequently in demand as a recitalist and clinician, Mr. Tenney has appeared before conventions of the Church Music Association of America, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. As well, Max is highly sought after as a consultant on leading pipe and pipe-digital combination organ installations throughout the country. In 2010, Max was honored with the dedication of “Sortie,” by Carson Cooman, Composer-In-Residence at the Memorial Church at Harvard University. The piece is recorded on the historic Skinner Organ at Harvard, on a compact disk of Mr. Cooman’s works released in 2012.