Ministry of Music Staff

Minister of Music – Dr. Raymond Nagem

Dr. Raymond Nagem is Minister of Music at The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, and a member of the organ faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches organ literature, service playing, and improvisation. He completed his D.M.A. at The Juilliard School in 2016, where he was a student of Paul Jacobs. 

A native of Medford, Mass., Dr. Nagem attended the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and began organ lessons there with John Dunn. He earned his B.A. from Yale University in 2009, studying the organ with Thomas Murray, and his M.A. in 2011 from Juilliard. Prior to his appointment at The Brick Church, he served for eleven years at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where he was Associate Director of Music and Organist. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring of 2020, Dr. Nagem began a weekly online recital series from the cathedral, “Tuesdays at 6,” featuring a diverse range of music across the entire organ repertoire. His album Divine Splendor, recorded on the Great Organ of St. John the Divine, is available on the Pro Organo label.

Meet Dr. Nagem:


Interim Director of Children’s Music – Cristina Soto

Cristina Soto has been the Interim Director of Children’s Music since January of 2020 and the Music Teacher at the day school since September of 2021. She started her tenure with the youth choirs as an accompanist when her children were members of the Cherub Choir starting in 2007. She served as the Interim Children’s Choir Director at Brick Church in 2013 and 2016, interim music teacher at the Brick Church School in 2013 and she has been a teacher at the Brick Church School since 2013. Cristina and her family have been members of Brick Church for 15 years during which time she has served on the Board of Deacons, taught Sunday school and served as a Sunday School music volunteer. Cristina’s breadth of musical experience runs the gamut from teaching individual piano lessons to leading a music enrichment program at MS8, a middle school in Brooklyn, focused on vocal and percussion skills. Her interest in vocal pedagogy led her to complete Cross-Choral Training at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Prior to becoming a teacher Cristina had a career in international and business relations. She held various leadership positions at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business Council for International Understanding, the Institute for International Research, and The Economist. Cristina graduated from Hunter College High School and went on to earn a BA in Music Education and International Relations from Bucknell University. She has a MA in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University.



Wilson Family Yale-ISM Sacred Music Intern – Isaac Lee

Isaac Lee is the Wilson Family Sacred Music Intern for the 2021-2022 church year. He comes to Brick Church with a wonderfully broad range of experience and skills, having studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and at Eastman School of Music. Isaac has served churches and cathedrals in Singapore, Denmark, and Rochester, NY. Most recently, he has done extensive work with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, featuring the organ in a fresh context and educating the public about the spectacular artistic possibilities of the pipe organ. In this video, you can hear Isaac playing and talking about this fabulous project.

Previous Interns:

Tate Addis, 2013-15

Christopher Keady, 2015-17

Meg Cutting, 2018-20

Wilson Family Oberlin Sacred Music Intern – Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson will be with us for four weeks, during Oberlin’s winter break. She is currently a senior in the double degree program, studying Organ Performance and English, and serves as Organist and Music Director at Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, OH. Please give her a warm welcome to Brick Church. You can hear Katherine playing Bach’s Fugue in E-flat here.

Previous Interns:

Christopher J. Howerter (2008)

Dexter “Tripp” Kennedy (2009)

Wesley Hall (2010)

John Walthausen (2011)

Katelyn Emerson (2012)

Nicholas Capozzoli (2013)

Matthew Buller (2015)

Mitchell Miller (2016)

David Boeckh (2018)