As a liturgical minister, the cantor primarily serves to proclaim the Word of God through the Psalm.  At St. Peter’s, our cantors also serve as leaders of song, helping the congregation to find its voice. This page will give you an opportunity to meet our cantors.

Julie DeFilippo

I have been a cantor at St. Peter's since September 2007. My degree is in Music Education and I studied voice at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University here in New Brunswick. I met Fr. Peter, Fr. Tom, Fr. Jeff, and Fr. Kevin in 2001 as a member of the Catholic Center at Rutgers. Before college, I sang in church choirs and first began as a cantor when I was twelve years old. I love to travel and have been lucky enough to tour with various choirs to Michigan, Canada, and Italy, in addition to performing with the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir at Carnegie Hall. The most memorable moment was when my choir sang during a beatification Mass at the Vatican presided over by Saint John Paul II. In addition to cantoring, I am a Music Teacher for students in grades PreK-5 and an American Red Cross volunteer. My husband, Matt, and I were married at St. Peter's in October 2009; we share our home in Edison with our dog Penny. I feel tremendously blessed to be a part of the St. Peter's community, and I hope I am able to help the congregation attain a closer relationship with God through the beauty of song.