Welcome our new organist, Simon Pick!

A native of the rural Midwest, Simon Pick grew up in Remsen, a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa where he began his studies in organ at the age of fourteen with Sr. Arnold Staudt, OSF. He later graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS in 2015 with majors in Music and Theology, and was awarded the Sr. Joachim Holthaus outstanding musician award. During his undergraduate career he studied organ with Dr. Ruth Kruesmark and Mr. Matthew Geerlings and conducting with Mr. Theodore Hanman and Dr. Sean Teets. Simon graduated with a master’s degree in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame where he was a student of organ under Dr. Craig Cramer and Dr. Douglas Reed and studied conducting with Dr. Nancy Menk. He is currently a student of Dr. Kimberly Marshall. 

Pick has been active as a recitalist throughout the Midwest and Southwest and has performed with collegiate and graduate performance ensembles as both accompanist and soloist in addition to serving for three years as the artistic director and continuo player for Benedictine Baroque, an ensemble he co-founded in 2012. He currently performs with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the Phoenix-based chamber ensemble Canticum Novum. 

Pick has held various church positions serving as organist and choir director at Saint Mary’s Church in Remsen, Iowa, organist and choral accompanist at First Presbyterian Church in Atchison, Kansas, and as an organ scholar at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He currently serves as Music Associate and Organist at Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, and associate organist and organ instructor at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert AZ.