John McCreary, Canon Organist Emeritus, conductor, composer, arranger, singer and organ builder, had a brilliant 35 year career at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, Hawaii. He delighted island audiences with awe-inspiring performances of major works and outrageously funny arrangements, such as his Variations on Rubber Ducky for organ, orchestra and chorus. Both his serious and humorous works have brought acclaim from island and mainland critics.
As an organ builder, he added five E.M. Skinner stops to the large Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Cathedral and, then, built a three manual fourteen-rank theater organ in his home; "Great for parties!" he says.
After receiving his Master's Degree with Marilyn Mason, he has never stopped making music. Although officially retired, he still writes music (most recently, a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Hawaiian) and plays or conducts wherever he is needed, be it church, concert hall, or theater.
music by John McCreary