Dorothy Papadakos
Composer, Lyricist & Organist

DOROTHY PAPADAKOS is a member of the 7-time Grammy Award winning Paul Winter Consort.

She came to international attention as the first woman to be Cathedral Organist of the world's largest gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC from 1990-2003. She is celebrated for her daring & imaginative improvisations and scores for theatre, film, TV & ballet. Her new musical BACCHUS smashed box office records in its rave review world premiere in NC and is in development for production. She is a renowned international performer, popular for her sold out silent film programs, specializing in Charlie Chaplin & Lon Chaney. Oxford University Press is Ms. Papadakos' publisher.

COMPOSER/PLAYWRIGHT
2011
First Ladies – A new play
2010
La Petite Sweet – Jazz quintet commission, World Premiere AGO National Convention, WA, DC
2005
Bacchus The Musical – record breaking production, Wilmington, NC; in development for production
2001-1996
Five CD's on St. John the Divine's Great Organ: improvisations with guest artists
1998
The Science of Whales – TV underscore for The Discovery Channel; Finalist, 1999 NY Film Festival
1998
Christmas Traveller – Jazz Concerto for Orchestra & Choir
1992
Triantafilia (Rose Tree) – Carnegie Hall Debut: Ballet for Woodwind Sextet & NYC Ballet dancers.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
2012
Pipe Organ Encounter, Indiana University, Bloomington. July 24, 2012
2012
Silent Film Tour of Norway, August 2012
2011
New Year's Eve, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
2011
August, Finland: Lahti Organ Festival: Phantom of the Opera
2010
Sept: Germany: Fugato Festival, Bad Homburg: Charlie Chaplin program
2007-2011
New Year's Eve, Grace Cathedral, SF: Annual double-header silent film performances to sold out houses
2008
August, Finland: Lahti Organ Festival: Chaplin films
2004-2008
Six Japan & Singapore tours, Organist with Paul Winter Consort
2006
Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, DE (Phantom of the Opera silent film, Festival Opener)
2004
Ampthill Music Festival, England (Phantom of the Opera, Festival Opener)
2003-1987
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC: multi-media productions with Dalai Lama & world leader visits, New Year's Eve Concerts for Peace, celebrity weddings & state funerals, Winter & Summer Solstices, St. Francis Day & Carnival with Paul Winter Consort.
2001
Appearances with Thich Nat Hanh, Judy Collins & Paul Winter for post-Sept 11 events
1994
Miss America Pageant, New Jersey USA, Preliminary Judge

Dozens of orchestral appearances, recording appearances, silent films & recitals in USA, UK, Asia & Spoleto USA 1998. Collaborations include actor Bill Irwin, high wire Artist Philippe Petit, Jessye Norman, Midori & many others.

EDUCATION
The BMI/Lehman Engel Music Theatre Workshop, NYC:  Fall 2006
The Juilliard School, NYC:  1986 Masters Degree in Organ Performance
Barnard College, NYC:  1982 Bachelors of Arts Degree

CONTACT
Paul Vaughan, PVA Management, at MD@pva.co.uk or info@dorothypapadakos.com

 

 



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Photo Credit: Mirja Hussain, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat Newspaper, Lahti, Finland