The Choir of Grace Church sings
Mr. Joseph Arndt
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.
Interim Director of Choristers
St. Dunstan's Choir is a choir of men comprised of parishioners and paid section leaders. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. This choir sings once or twice a month at High Mass from September through June. They also sing for Evensong & Benediction in Advent and Stations of the Cross in Lent.
The Choristers are a choir of children in grades 3-12 who rehearse Sunday mornings and occassionally Sunday afternoons, September through June. They perform with the Parish Choir in mass monthly as well as on special occasions. The Choristers program is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music and aims to teach youngsters leadership, character, and musicianship. Learn more
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.