Christ Church is known for its love of music. That the church took on the enormous expense of replacing our wheezing old pipe organ with an amazing new pipe organ in 1992 speaks to this love.
Music Director: Deborah Schofield
A lifelong member of Christ Church, Deborah Schofield celebrated her fortieth anniversary as our organist in September 2008. As music director, she chooses our hymns and service music. Debbie plays organ or piano for the 9am, 11am and special services, and accompanies the choir.
Choir Director: David Crone
David Crone is director of choral studies at Monroe-Woodbury High School. He was music director/conductor of the Pro Arte Chorale in NJ from 1997-2010 and has served as conductor for NYSMF, the Community Choral Society, the Riverdale Choral Society, and the Boys Choir of Harlem. In 2009 he made his European conducting debut as part of the Liverpool Capital of Culture Festival, followed by a performance at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.
David holds a doctorate from Seton Hall University, a master's in conducting from Temple University and a B.A. in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music. His passion for performing extends into the jazz community with regular appearances as a jazz pianist. He is often a guest conductor, accompanist and clinician at choral festivals and conference throughout the tri-state area. David, wife Lucia, and four children are frequent contributors to Christ Church music in the choir, as soloists, and as instrumentalists. David and Father Scott have collaborated on several pieces of music for Christ Church.
In 1992 our new pipe organ was built by the Peragallo Organ Company of Paterson, NJ. It contains eleven ranks of pipe work and 726 speaking pipes. The new organ project, fund-raising, and continued care fund were lovingly spearheaded by Donald R. McFarland.
Christ Church is well blessed with talented musicians. Our choir is SATB and performs at the 11am Sunday service (Sept-June), holy days, and special events. Rehearsal is at 10:10am on Sunday. To inquire about auditioning for the choir, see David Crone following the 11am Sunday service.
Congregants who are talented instrumentalists and wish to perform a sacred or appropriate piece during a worship service are invited to speak to Debbie Schofield after Sunday services.
Jubilate is a community youth choir that was founded by Father Scott, David Crone and Annie Barker in 2006. With a steering committee of Christ Church members and funding by Christ Church, a 12-member treble choir performed for Bishop Sisk.s visit in December. The choir has flourished and now has members from several towns, consists of several different voice choirs, and performed at Carnegie Hall. Jubilate.s liturgical choir performs frequently at Christ Church. For more about the choir visit the Jubilate web site.