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Organist, Choral Director, Composer, Handbell Clinician, Educator
Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, NJ
- Choir Director
- Handbell Director
- Band Director
- Youth instrumental ensemble director
- Recorded services editor
Choir Director and Organist at Temple Shaari Emeth Synagogue, Manalapan, NJ
Teacher at Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank, NJ
- Organized singers throughout the tri-state area to participate at Carnegie Hall for “Christmas in New York” concerts. Performed with well known artists such as Sandi Patty, Veritas, Charles Billingsley, Marcia Ware Wilder, Point of Grace, Jeff Bennet, Regi Stone, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Travis Cottrell, and TaRanda Greene
- Published “A Mighty Fortress,” an album featuring John’s exhilarating arrangement of Luther’s soul-stirring hymn, as well as other favorite pipe organ pieces.
- Created “The Spirit of Christmas” album published exclusively for First Presbyterian Church of Freehold.
- Created and published a popular video series on Organ Improvisation.
- Published “Tis So Sweet,” an album featuring many beloved hymn arrangements and some original piano and keyboard songs for inspiration and easy listening.
The beginning of a long and fruitful career
John's music career started when he was 2 years old. His mother took him to church and they sat very close to the organ. He still remembers the incident. Keeping his eyes on the organ he noticed the person sitting at the bench get up and walk away, instinctively he knew this was his moment. It was now or never! Bolting away from his mom he waddled to the organ. Unfortunately the mini-masterpiece was quickly interrupted, but not before John knew he was to be an organist.
John’s “official” training began when at age 7 with accordion lessons.
At age 13 he took his first position as organist at St. Patrick’s Church, Woodbury, NJ
His first composition was “Mass of St. Patrick” which was premiered on Easter Sunday, 1970
In July 1971 he married Judi Zorn, the love of his life, soul-mate and inspiration. They have five children, 2 biological and 3 adopted making them one of the first few interracial families in the nation.
John later became president of the Cape May County branch NAACP.
In 1973 he became Choir Director at the Sea Isle City United Methodist Church. There he established many ecumenical musical events culminating with the premiere performance of Phil Barfoot’s “In His Presence.”
In 1986 he was appointed Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Cape May, NJ. His duties included Adult and youth vocal choirs; Handbell choirs; Gospel choir and band. It was here that John formed an inter-racial youth choir and also formed a choir for international students then living in Cape May. Through this choir, John and Judi have made life-long friendships.
In 1997 he was appointed Organist and Choral Director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Wildwood, NJ. Responsibilities included Organist / Pianist; Adult and choir director; Handbell director; Youth choir coordinator; Organize summer concerts and special musicians; Coordinate musicians for contemporary praise services.
Additionally, while still serving Holy Trinity, he also was appointed organist / choir director at St. Simeon’s Episcopal Church, Wildwood (2008).
In 2010, John was appointed Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, NJ, a position he presently holds.
He has accompanied the choir at Bethel A.M.E., Freehold for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
In 2019, in addition to serving at First Presbyterian, John accepted the position of Organist / Choir Director at Temple Shaari Emeth Synagogue.
He has brought the joy of music for the wedding ceremonies of very many happy couples.
Currently he is offering virtual piano lessons, but his main focus is to write and arrange sacred and inspirational composition. He has the gift of improvisation and often can compose or arrange pieces on the spot. John often says “Sometimes it takes me much longer to think of a title than to write the piece.”