Our Cantors

“The cantor’s role as a vocalist is to both sing the responses as the Psalmist, and to lead the singing of the hymns and acclamations of the liturgy. They do this with beautifully trained voices and are sensitive in their leadership without overshadowing the role of the singing of the faithful gathered for Mass.”

Jennifer Cress Riley

Jennifer Cress Riley, Lyric Soprano

Jennifer has enjoyed multiple years working as section lead and cantor with the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. With a B.S in Vocal Performance and an M.S. at the University of Denver, she also has experience studying throughout the world including vocal institutes in Italy, Austria, and throughout the U.S. Throughout Denver, Jennifer now works as a professional musician singing roles with Denver Immersive Opera, the Denver Opera Collective, Opera on Tap and also has years of music writing and performance experience in popular music, jazz, and musical theater.

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Jenée Luquette James, Soprano

Jenée is a professional soprano singing for companies like Central City Opera and Opera Colorado, and is also a certified Speech Therapist specializing in Voice Disorders. A Louisiana native, Jenée moved to Denver after receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance in 2014 from Louisiana State University and received her Speech Therapy credentials from CU Boulder in 2020. Jenée loves to sing opera and musical theatre, but feels like the church is where her voice truly belongs.

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Zeky Nadji

Zeky Nadji hails from Interlochen, Michigan, where his love of music was fostered from attending concerts at the world-renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts. He moved to Denver, to attend The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver where he received his Bachelors of Music in . He has performed in opera productions and musical theater. He attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2019 and covered roles in opera, and received masterclass instruction. He has covered roles in the Vail music Festival, and performed title roles in other Operas in Colorado. He has been a regional finalist in  the Rocky Mountain Region of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions two years in a row.