A native of Dallas, Texas, Casey Cantwell began to study the piano at five years of age in the Piano Preparatory Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In the sixth grade he began to study the organ with Philip E. Baker, then Choirmaster/Organist of Highland Park United Methodist Church. After three years he became the student of Dr. Robert T. Anderson, Professor of Organ at Southern Methodist University.
Casey earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. His teacher there was William C. Teague. While at Centenary, Casey served as Organist and Youth Choir Director at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church.
In October of 1984, Casey became the full-time Organist/Music Associate at First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. While there, he directed the Chapel Choir and Handbell choirs. He also oversaw the renovation of the church’s 84-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.
In November 1989, Casey was asked to become the Associate Director of Music and Associate Organist for The Boston Avenue Church (United Methodist) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In January 2000, he became the full-time Senior Organist at Boston Avenue. In this congregation of over 8000 members, Casey accompanied the 100-voice Chancel Choir for the 11:00 am televised service and the Chapel Choir, which sings for the 8:30 a.m. service each Sunday. In addition, he produced a recital series on the church’s 105-rank M???ller pipe organ. At the time, the Boston Avenue Church was one of the six largest United Methodist Churches in the world.
In September of 2001, Casey was asked to become the Associate Organist/Choirmaster and Director of Communications for Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa. In this capacity, he shared playing and conducting responsibilities with Stephen Tappe, Organist/Choirmaster, and handled all the publicity for the parish.
In September of 2004 Casey became the Organist and Director of Music for Trinity. In April of 2012 he resumed his duties as Director of Communications.
Casey is also known as a concert organist and has performed in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, and New Mexico. In 1996 he traveled to Italy where he played in Florence, Assisi, and Rome including the Sunday High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. In 1999 he accompanied a local choir to Austria and Germany where he played in many churches including the Frauenkirche in Munich. In August of 2007 he took the Trinity Choir to England where they were in residency at Ely Cathedral, singing Evensong each day.
Casey has been published in the Choristers Guild Letters and has done numerous workshops and reading sessions, and has been a Housemaster for the Tulsa course of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) for seven years. Casey served on the National Council of The American Guild of Organists for three consecutive terms as the Regional Councillor for Region VII. This region includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Western Louisiana, and New Mexico. In addition to this, he was the coordinator for the Region VII Convention held in Tulsa in June of 2005. Casey is a Past Dean of the Tulsa AGO Chapter. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the American Choral Directors Association and is listed in Who’s Who in America.