Music

Cantor for Catholic Liturgies

Whether it’s Ordinary Time or Holy Week, leading congregations in music and worship is my ministry within the Church and how I express my praise for the Lord.

Music beautifies liturgy. An excellent Cantor proclaims God’s word by singing with intention, an understanding of liturgy, and faith. It is always an honor to sing for Funerals, Weddings, other Sacramental celebrations and Feast days, all of which have unique liturgies and so the music should reflect those important nuances.

Cantors are also community builders in the Church. It is important to me to instill a sense of welcome at all masses, so that parishioners feel encouraged to sing with me as we worship as the Body of Christ.

I am frequently requested to serve as Cantress at various parishes in the South Jersey area. As a Cantor and Choral Member for the Diocese of Camden, I’ve had the privilege of singing at special events including the Ordination of Deacons, the Chrism Mass, Funerals for Priests throughout the Diocese, and Mass for World Day of the Sick.

I’ve sung with various musicians including pianists, organists, and string and brass quartets. I’ve also been invited to coach other Cantors by providing individual and group vocal instruction.

Psalm 65 by J. Vovak.
“Joyful Joyful.” Susanna Steigerwald-Orap, organ.

Performer

I earned my Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where I studied private voice with Harold Evans and performed in choral ensembles led by Drs. Amanda Quist, James Jordan, and Joe Miller.

Along with sacred and classical music, I enjoy singing a variety of contemporary genres including pop and musical theatre.

Bringing professional-level musical experiences into the library for my community at no cost has been one of my most beloved endeavors as a public librarian. I have not only invited other musicians to perform for my community, but I’ve coordinated and performed in some of my own as a soloist, accompanied by fellow musicians.

“In My Own Little Corner” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Patrick Gardner, piano.
“O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
“Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me.