James Biery was appointed Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1996. Previously he held a similar position at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. A Pi Kappa Lambda graduate of the Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston, Illinois, his principal organ teachers were Grigg Fountain and Wolfgang Rübsam.
Mr. Biery holds the Choirmaster and Fellowship Certificates of the American Guild of Organists, winning the Fellowship Prize in 1986. He has over one hundred organ and choral compositions in print, published by MorningStar, Concordia, Augsburg-Fortress, GIA Publications, Oregon Catholic Press, and Boosey & Hawkes, and is the recipient of 2006, 2007, and 2008 ASCAPlus awards. He has recorded the music of Marcel Dupré for AFKA and Naxos.