J. Christopher Pardini
A native of New Jersey, J. Christopher Pardini is the Director of Music and Liturgy at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He is also Cathedral Organist for the Diocese of Greensburg.
As a teenager, Chris was a piano student in the intensive PEPS (Program for Excellence in Piano Study) under the supervision of Frances Clark at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, NY).
Prior to his appointment in Greensburg, Chris was Organist and Director of Music at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, where he headed one of the nation’s leading sacred music programs. Under his direction, the semi-professional Shadyside Choir recorded a commercial CD entitled "Be Still, My Soul" under the ProOrgano label.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, Chris was the Senior Organist at the Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral) in Garden Grove, California where he performed weekly on the "Hour of Power" television program for a worldwide television audience.
Chris is also a published composer of award-winning music for a variety of media. His works are published by G.I.A. (Chicago), Fred Bock Music (Los Angeles), Morningstar Music (St. Louis), and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation where his work can be found in "Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal."
His catalogue of musical works includes an oratorio, a ballet, a congregational Mass setting, liturgical music, orchestral works, and many works for organ and choir.
Chris’ recent composition projects included three chamber pieces commissioned by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and orchestrations of hit songs by American vocal group The Jacksons and the British/American rock band Foreigner for performances by the original artists.
Chris is on the music faculty at Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) where he teaches a four semesters of music theory, class piano, and private piano lessons. He lives in Hempfield Township with his wife Amy (SVC Class of 2000), daughter Mia (13) and son Luca (9). Chris is a Novice Oblate of Saint Benedict, associated with Saint Vincent Archabbey.
- The New Century MassSKU: 80-735*
SATB and/or Cantor, Congregation, Organ, opt. Handbells, Brass Quintet, Timpani
Pardini, J. Christopher