The Choir of Grace Church sings
O magnum mysterium by Victoria
Mr. Joseph Arndt
Director of Music
As Director of Music at Grace Church, Joseph Arndt directs the parish choir, the men's chorus, plays the Casavant organ for High Masses, and coordinates Concerts at Grace Church. Mr. Arndt received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College. He has studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. A recipient of numerous awards, he is a past First Place winner of the West Chester University Organ Competition. He has performed organ recitals throughout the eastern United States and has also performed in Cambridge (UK) and Paris. He is a continuo organist and harpsichordist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. He has accompanied choirs throughout New Jersey, including Harmonium and the Rutgers-Newark Chorus. An advocate of new music, he has given premieres of new organ works by Jonathan Dawe, Christian Carey, and Conrad Cummings. Mr. Arndt is committed to promoting awareness of the pipe organ and serves on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Prior to his appointment at Grace Church, he was the Associate Organist at Christ Church (United Methodist) in New York City and Assistant Organist at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, NJ.
Mr. João Kouyoumdjian
Artist in Residence
In his role as Artist in Residence, Brazilian classical guitarist João Kouyoumdjian presents recitals on the Concerts at Grace Church series. He received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. In November 2011 Mr. Kouyoumdjian performed a recital at Carnegie Hall sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York. He was recently featured on a documentary on TV Cultura in Brazil. His debut CD Surfboard:Solo Guitar Works has been released by Pomegranate Music.