John, a native of Philadelphia,began to study piano at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and later privately. By age 15, he had taught himself to play at the organ for liturgical functions held at his high school and later college. In 1996, John began more a more disciplined study of the organ under private tutelage as well as playing church services professionally. John attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in January of 1999 to study Sacred Music with concentration in organ as well as choral conducting. His instructors have included James Jordan and Andrew Megill (conducting), Don Giannella, Joseph Jackson, Mark Anderson (organ). During his attendance at Westminster, John was a member of the esteemed Westminster Symphonic Choir and performed under the batons of noted conductors such as Kurt Masur, Zdenek Macal, Sir Colin Davis, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. John has played at numerous churches from Main Line Philadelphia through Northern New Jersey. In his first post as Choirmaster, he has conducted works by Thomas Tallis to Benjamin Britten and William Mathias as well Morten Lauridsen. In February of 2002, John conducted Hubert Parry’s I was Glad with a 50 voice choir and small orchestra. Since joining the Music Dept. at Sacred Heart Church in 2004, John has composed several works and hymn arrangements for the choir of Sacred Heart Church. John has also performed with the Greater South Jersey Chorus as baritone soloist and chorus member. John now resides in Newark, DE. John is now the organist for Newark United Methodist Church and Artistic Director for The First State Ringers.