The 1990 Casavant Organ

The Choir of Grace Church sings
O magnum mysterium by Victoria

Christmas 2013

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.


 Music at Grace Church

The music program at Grace Church exists to enrich parish worship services and offer cultural outreach to the City of Newark and its suburbs.

Music at High Mass reflects the beauty of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Choir of Grace Church offers the finest sacred music with an emphasis on Renaissance masses and motets and Gregorian Chant. 


St. Gregory's Choir is composed of eight staff singers. At High Mass this choir sings the Introit, Offertory, and Communion antiphons from the Graduale Romanum, one or two motets or anthems, and often a setting of the Kyrie, Gloria, and Agnus Dei. The Parish Choir has premiered new motets by distinguished composers including Christian Carey, Jonathan Dawe, and Daniel Elder.

St. Dunstan's Choir is a choir of 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

The Music Society of Grace Church provides funding for the Choir and Concerts at Grace Church. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Interested donors should speak to the Director of Music or the Rector.

Service Music

Click here for access to Bruce Ford's Sunday Gospel and Passion Settings.

Choral Music at High Mass

Click here to view the High Mass 


 Click here to read a Star-Ledger article about Joseph Arndt by reporter Jeff Diamant

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. 

Mr. Kouyoumdjian's website