Staff at Saint Anne and Saint Winifred Parishes

Zvonimir Nagy

Zvonimir Nagy

Assistant Organist

D.M., Northwestern University, 2009
M.M., Texas Christian University, 2005
A.D., Texas Christian University, 2003
B.M., Academy of Music, University of Zagreb, 1999

Zvonimir serves as the Assistant Organist in the Parish Grouping.  Zvonimir is an award-winning organist, pianist, and church musician with interests in contemporary music and spirituality, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He received the second prize in the César Franck/Olivier Messiaen International Organ Competition in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

In addition to his work at Saint Anne and Saint Winifred, Zvonimir is an Associate Professor of Music at Duquesne University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on acoustic and electronic composition, music theory and analysis, orchestration, and seminars on musical creativity, composition, cognitive music theory, and contemporary music. 

Zvonimir composes acoustic, choral, electroacoustic, and multimedia music and he writes primarily for orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, and solo musicians. His compositions are informed by embodied music cognition, while his recent works are influenced by issues from cognitive music theory, with a focus on the relationship between music, language, and meaning. His work also combines computer-assisted processes for music composition, notation, and analysis, as well as self-referential and dynamic systems with more intuitive approaches to composing. The recordings of his compositions are available from PARMA Recordings, Albany Records, and MSR Classics; selected compositions are published by Paraclete Press, Musik Fabrik, Aldebaran Editions.

His recent book, entitled Embodiment of Musical Creativity: Cognitive and Performative Causality of Musical Composition, published by Routledge in 2017, offers an innovative look at the interdisciplinary nature of creativity in musical composition.

Zvonimir is the recipient of the Duquesne University's Presidential Scholarship Award and the Paluse Faculty Research Grant.

He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Haley, and sons Luka and Niko. More information at

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