Benedict Sheehan is a composer, conductor, arranger, writer about, and teacher of music. He is Director of Music at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and Monastery; and, since founding the group in 2015, has served as Artistic Director of the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble. He is a frequent clinician and speaker in the field of Orthodox liturgical music around the United States and Canada. His musical education includes degrees in Composition from Westminster Choir College and in Conducting from Bard College Conservatory of Music. As a conductor, Sheehan has made numerous appearances with the St. Tikhon’s Chamber Choir, and has also appeared as guest conductor with noted vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, most recently conducting Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil in a series of West Coast performances. He has made several recordings with the choirs at St. Tikhon’s, and also acted as associate conductor on a number of recordings, including Clarion Choir’s GRAMMY®-nominated 2018 release, Alexander Kastalsky: Memory Eternal, on the Naxos label. His work with the St. Tikhon’s Chamber Choir and a number of other leading American ensembles on a premiere of Alexander Kastalsky’s Commemoration for Fallen Brothers (1917) recently received critical acclaim as one of the “Top ten performances of 2018” by the Washington Classical Review.
As a writer, Sheehan is a contributor to the Orthodox Arts Journal, among other online publications, and his blog on the Ancient Faith platform is called The Music Stand. A number of his compositions are currently in print with Musica Russica and MusicSpoke. Some of Sheehan’s recent publications include the debut album of Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan (2015), and an anthology entitled A Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy (2016), both available from St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press. His most recent large-scale composition, the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2018), commissioned by the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM), is slated to be premiered and recorded in 2019. He is currently composing on commission for the GRAMMY®-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Sheehan’s compositions and arrangements are sung by choirs across the English-speaking world. He and his wife, vocalist and music educator Talia Maria Sheehan, live in Pennsylvania with their seven daughters.