Director of Music
Robert August is Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT. Educated in the Netherlands and the United States, Robert has an extensive background in organ performance, and a long history of conducting and teaching.
He has served as Carillonneur at Brigham Young University, and as organist and conductor at several churches in the United States and Europe. In addition to collaboration with artists such as Christopher Hogwood and Simon Carrington, Robert has performed in Europe and the United States as a solo artist and accompanist, including tours and recordings with the Harvard University Choir, the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the Texas Boys Choir, the Texas Camerata, and guest appearances with the Fort Worth Symphony.
He previously served at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, TX, where for ten years he directed a large music program that included several adult, youth, and children’s choirs, and a number of instrumental ensembles. While pursuing his doctoral degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, he served as Organ Scholar, and later as Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster at The Memorial Church at Harvard University. From 2000-2002 also he served as Music Tutor at Harvard’s Dunster House.
In 2010 his doctoral thesis, “An Old Look at Schumann’s Organ Works”, was published in the United States and Europe, celebrating the composer’s 200th birthday. He frequently serves as adjudicator for choral and organ competitions. Robert often concertizes with his wife, Dolores, performing a variety of music from early to modern, including organ, piano, harpsichord, flute, piccolo and baroque flute.
Alto section leader
Very little makes Kelley Elizabeth Kelly, mezzo-soprano, happier than singing to the glory of God. A church singer since she could first hold a hymnal open, she believes music to be her truest form of prayer and is honored to serve as a section leader with Christ Church Cathedral. She has previously served as section leader in various area churches and currently also sings with the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Treble Clef Choir and with CONCORA. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Smith College, extensive choral experience, a very patient husband, and three exceedingly energetic children who tend to write in her scores when she’s not looking.
Tenor section leader
Kevin de Benedict is first discovered his love of sacred music at Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he received his degree in vocal performance. He participated in the select university choir and orchestra, touring throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. In addition to vocal studies, Kevin took lessons in piano, violin, organ, and harpsichord. The latter greatly influenced his vocal performance path to focus on repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. This led him to continue his studies at Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received his Master of Music in vocal historical performance. Under the Historical Performance Institute, Kevin received intense studies in performance practice of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, as well as courses in musicology and research. He participated in the revival of the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) of 2014 and 2015. BLEMF aimed at bringing a vast spectrum of early music to the community, with works ranging from 13th century Spanish and French music, to the Italian Renaissance, and even French operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Kevin resides in Hartford, where he continues research along with his love of performing sacred music.