Anthony R. Nardino, Director of Sacred Music
My name is Anthony Nardino and I grew up in Toms River New Jersey. I have played piano all my life and most of my young musical experience was on stage in various musical theater productions. In high school, I became a cantor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Seaside Heights, NJ. There, under the guidance of my mother who was the organist, I began to learn what it means to be a liturgical musician.
In 2004, I enrolled in the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. At CUA, I began my formal study of the pipe organ with Dr. Edward A. Moore. I also became extremely involved in campus ministry, particularly in music ministry. Although I was pursuing a music degree, I also took many classes in the school of Theology, with a focus in liturgy. In 2008, I graduated with my Bachelor of Music in Pipe Organ Performance and a minor in Theology and Religious Studies.
Throughout my college career, I worked at several churches in the D.C. and New Jersey areas as pianist, organist, and/or choir director. My senior year of college, I was in charge music for the principle campus ministry Mass at CUA: planning music, directing the choir, and accompanying on the piano and organ.
After graduation, I began my first full-time position as Director of Sacred Music for St. Peter’s, the Catholic Center Campus Ministry, and The New Brunswick Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Although I knew this would be challenging, I was thrilled to begin to develop the individual music programs of these three ministries and to see how they can interact.
In my ministry to St. Peter’s, I strive for musical excellence in all aspects of the position. As the primary organist for the parish, I endeavor to enhance our worship by means of classical organ repertoire, the use of advanced hymn harmonization, and organ improvisation. It has been a pleasure to see that the Parish Choir has grown in number and has made substantial steps forward in providing a musical beauty that enhances the liturgies of our parish; a Children’s Choir has begun to serve at select Masses; we have hosted a diocesan concert; and the musical forces of the parish have on numerous occasions joined with those of the Catholic Center and the Oratory for combined celebrations.
The many experiences of musical excellence at the parish have been sources of great enjoyment and fulfillment for me. It has been humbling to then allow this music to help others enter into worship, and for the music, in itself, to praise God. In addition to this, one of the greatest joys of this ministry is the opportunity that I have had to meet and serve with so many parishioners of such diverse walks of life.