John Michniewicz, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Ensembles
Dr. Michniewicz (“Dr. J.”) has performed recitals and concerts in both Europe and America, including solo organ recitals at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and at Princeton University. In February, 2009, he performed at Cathedrals in Barcelona, Madrid and Acala de Henares, Spain. He has been featured as an organist and recitalist at conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Dr. Michniewicz has also been a recitalist and accompanist with various choirs on tour, and has performed at St. Stephen's Cathedral and the City Hall in Vienna, Austria, St. Peter's Basilica, the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome, and Galway Cathedral in Ireland among others. He accompanied the Bridgeport Diocesan Children's Choir as they sang in that city's Harbor Yard Arena celebrating the 50 year Diocesan anniversary, and was the organist and accompanist for the official diocesan rededication mass of the Bridgeport Diocese’s St. Augustine Cathedral. He performed with the Fairfield County Children’s Choir on their recent Gospel CD recording entitled This Is The Day. His children’s choir anthem, "Halle, Hallelujah" is published by the Chorister's Guild, and was one of the selections sung during the procession at the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. in April, 2008. His anthem, “Honor, Glory” was commissioned by the Connecticut Chapter of the Chorister's Guild, which performed it at their tenth anniversary Festival of Choirs.
As a member of the New York Archdiocesan Commission on Church Music, he directed the New York Archdiocesan Youth and Children's Choirs, and conducted a choir of 185 children as they sang in Central Park preceding the Mass celebrated there by Pope John Paul II. He is also the Minister of Music at the historic United Congregational Church in Bridgeport. Above all, Dr. J enjoys working with the wonderful students and singers in the choirs at Sacred Heart University and helping them to sound their best.
Degrees and Certifications
- D.M.A. (Organ) - Manhattan School of Music
- M.M. (Organ) - Manhattan School of Music
- Concert Choir
- Liturgical Choir
- 4 Heart Harmony
- Pioneer Choir