- M.M. in Organ Performance and Sacred Music, Yale University, 2006
- B.A. in Spanish, Indiana University, 2004
- B.M. in Organ Performance, Indiana University, 2004
Vincent Carr is associate professor of music in organ at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In addition to maintaining a studio of organ majors as well as teaching courses in church music and improvisation, he is widely known for his versatility as a performer and collaborative musician, and has championed new music and the works of underrepresented composers. In 2020, he was elected national councillor for education for the American Guild of Organists, the world's largest organization for organists and choral directors. In this role, he oversees the educational initiatives and certification program for the guild's 14,000 members.
After earning undergraduate degrees in organ performance and Spanish from Indiana University, Carr continued his graduate music studies at Yale University, where he was the recipient of numerous prizes from the faculty and in national organ competitions. His keen interest in the business aspect of being a career musician led him to undertake further graduate studies in business and personal finance at New York University. He holds associate and choirmaster certificates from the American Guild of Organists, and, in 2013, he took a sabbatical in France, studying in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger.
As a professional organist, he has served as organist and choirmaster at some of the nation's most noteworthy churches and cathedrals. From 2006 to 2013, he served the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, where he founded the Wednesdays at Noon concert series as a mission to the city of Newark. In his subsequent post at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, a commercial recording titled A Year at Incarnation was released featuring the cathedral's storied choral program. Before joining the IU faculty, he was a professor at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University for close to a decade.
Carr has served as a musical director for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in the United Kingdom as well as for the celebrity Irish singing group The Priests. His performance of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb with the Richard Alston Dance Company (London) garnered critical acclaim in the U.K. and at New York City’s Fall for Dance Festival (2016).
Known for his charisma as a conductor, he has led choirs in both sacred and secular space and served as a conducting fellow for the Grammy-nominated Voices of Ascension. As a composer and improviser, he has developed original music for keyboard, choir, silent film, and musical theater.
Currently, his areas of interest and research include improvisation pedagogy, the organ music of Black composers, particularly Florence B. Price, the integration of artificial intelligence into organ instruction, and the career development of church musicians.
More information may be found at vincecarr.com.