A native Washingtonian, Todd has been active as a musician in our nation’s capital for many years. He is an outstanding organist, harpsichordist, and pianist, serving with many of the area’s premiere musical organizations as keyboard artist or conductor.
He was named Acting Artistic Director in 2016 of the Washington Bach Consort and, since 2005, has served as Associate Music Director, Chorus Master and Organist of the Cathedral Choral Society, with whom he has appeared as organist or conductor in Washington National Cathedral, The White House, the Kennedy Center, and New York’s Avery Fisher Hall.
He has given world premieres of works by Dominick Argento and Bob Chilcott, and has toured extensively internationally. Since 2014 he has been engaged in recording “The Bach Project,” a complete concert cycle of the organ works of J. S. Bach being released volume by volume by MSR Classics. These have garnered significant critical acclaim: Fickley deftly captures the essential character of the contrapuntal Bach, the profound Bach, and the religious Bach…really splendid reading of these works. Listen to some of the most enthralling Bach organ playing you are likely to hear by anyone anywhere.
He also has served many years as a church musician in various congregations, including The Falls Church Anglican (and Episcopal) as organist and music director. He has ten years experience as a music educator, founding and directing a Royal School of Church Music program for over 100 students from 3rd grade through college age students, and coordinating performances in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Anton Armstrong, famed conductor of the St. Olaf Choir.
Todd was reared in a pastor’s home, and embraces a vibrant and dedicated Christian faith. The topic for his Master of Arts Degree in Organ at the University of Wales was, “The Philosophy and Theology of Aesthetics in Christian Worship.” He holds both a Choirmaster Degree and the Fellowship Degree in Organ (Doctoral level) of the American Guild of Organists.