Music Staff

Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
Director of Liturgy and Music
The Resurrection Choir & Orchestra, St. John Cantius Choir of Saint Cecilia Choir, Cantate Domino Choir,St. Cecilia Choir and Orchestra, Healey Willan Singers, Choirs of St. John Cantius, and Choirs and Orchestra of St. John Cantius

As an organ and choral scholar at Washington’s National Cathedral from 1994-98, Fr. Haynes studied under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Major, Organist and Choirmaster.  Fr. Haynes completed choral conducting studies at the University of Alabama under Dr. Sandra Willets, complimented by post-graduate studies with Dr. James Jordan at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.  Having studied composition under Dr. Frederic Goosen, he won the American Society of Composers and Arrangers’ Raymond Hubbell Award for orchestral composition in 1992.  Today, he actively composes liturgical music for the choirs of St. John Cantius.  Ordained in 2007 for the Archdiocese of Chicago as a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Fr. Haynes serves as Associate Pastor of St. John Cantius Church.

Corrado Cavalli

Corrado Cavalli, a native of Turin, Italy, is the organist of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago since June, 2015. He studied at the National Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin where he was awarded two Master’s Degrees, one in organ (summa cum laude), and another in Choral Conducting and Choral Composition (summa). He attended master-classes held by the notable professors at the “Haarlem International Academy for organists” in the Netherlands. Among his several honors and prizes he won the 12th National Organ Competition “Città di Viterbo” (Pinchi Prize) and he has been recently awarded the Brownson Fellowship for his Doctoral Studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. As organ soloist he has performed in many international festivals, cathedrals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, U.K, Poland, Principauté de Monaco, Slovakia and in the U.S.A. He has also played with such orchestras as the Italian National Symphonic Orchestra of Rai, the French “Ensemble Orchestral des Alpes et de la Mer,” and the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. He has recorded for Biretta Books, De Montfort, AimHigher, Sony Classical, Elegia Records, and ElleDiCi music labels, and he has published for Biretta Books in Chicago and for the Italian edition, “Armeiln musica.” As a musicologist and a professor of music, he has given master-classes and lectures on Italian organ music literature, with a focus on the repertoire of the Romantic and Contemporary periods, with a particular emphasis on the music of Torino. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Jan Jarvis, Chironomer
Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius

Equally at home in opera, oratorio, and liturgical music, Jan Jarvis has delighted Chicago audiences and congregants for over 40 years. He joins the music department at St. John Cantius following a position that he held at Chicago’s Church of the Ascension since 1985, where he learned to sing and conduct Gregorian chant under Thomas Wikman, music director there and founder of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. “I’m thrilled to have been welcomed so warmly by this dedicated community of faith, and look forward to being a part of its commitment to glorifying God through music”. Mr. Jarvis’ performance credits include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Joseph Urbaszewski, Chironomer
St. Gregory The Great Schola Cantorum

Joseph F. Urbaszewski is a retired Architect and Civil Engineer, who has been involved at St. John Cantius since about 1988, serving in the capacity of chironomer of the Schola Cantorum of St. Gregory the Great at the pleasure of Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.

In 1959-60, he taught Gregorian chant to the troops at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, while serving in the U.S. Army. He was an occasional substitute organist at St. John Cantius, St. Mary of the Angels, and some forty other churches, over the years. His brother, Gene Urbaszewski, strongly encouraged him to assist at St. John Cantius.

Mr. Urbaszewski’s initial policy was that all the gentlemen of the Schola, under the patronage of St. Gregory the Great, were required to learn, by doing, all the propers of the Mass, unabbreviated. The policy continues in force with the evolution of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. The current blend of twenty plus members includes both laymen and religious.

The Schola presents Holy Scripture in a unisonic musical chant setting of the Mass, which in turn, encourages the faithful to pray. Very often, each member is asked, on a moment’s notice, to select the opening pitch, to intone, or to direct the Schola. As of this date, ten members are proven able to direct.  Not only does the Schola work to achieve melodic delivery, accuracy of pitch, and clarity of text, but more importantly, spiritual excellence.

Mr. Thomas Zeman
Music Associate

Thomas Edward Zeman studied piano and music theory with Mildred Adaska and Ada Gregor.  Afterwards he studied violin with George Metskas.  At the Sherwood School of Music he studied piano under Leo Podolsky.  While completing his high school studies he began coursework in music at Morton Junior College.  At DePaul University he studied piano with Thaddeus Kozack, villing with David Moll, chamber music, orchestra and orchestral conducting with Paul Stassevitch, and composition with Donald Jenni and John Downey.  He obtained the Bachelor of Music degree at DePaul with a major in composition and a minor in piano.  At Indiana University in Bloomington he studied piano with Frederick Baldwin, and composition with Bernhard Heiden and Juan Orrego-Salas.  He has studied organ with Arthur C. Becker, Sr. and Herdon Spillman.  He holds the Master of Music degree from Indiana University with a major in composition and a minor in piano.  He, furthermore, completed the coursework toward the Doctorate of Music degree with a major in composition and with minors in piano and theory.  He has studied semiology and chironomy at the Gregorian Chant Institute at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.  He performs in concerts and recitals as soloist and chamber musician.

He is vice president of the Chicago Camerata, and organization of several chamber music groups.  As a member of the Chicago Camerata Trio he has performed on “Live from WFMT.”  He has also performed on the Chicago Symphony Chamber Music Series.  With the Betty Haag Academy of Music, he plays piano for student and guest violin soloists and for the violin ensemble, for local concerts and on tour.  At St. John Cantius Church he frequently plays organ as soloist and accompanist with the Sine Nomine Ensemble and the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra.

In order to expand both classicism and romanticism, he has developed a highly ordered system of composition, employing a large number of pitches related through the ratios of integers.  He has composed solo works, orchestral works, choral works and chamber works.  He believes music, whether it be for concert or for worship, should have a positive influence on the listener.  His specific purpose in life is to compose music that will help people better to appreciate true peace, joy and the glory of God.

Jennifer Haworth
St. Nicholas Boys’ Choir and St. Hildegard Girls’ Choir

Soprano Jennifer Macfarlane Haworth is a regular chorister and frequent soloist at St. John Cantius Church. She is also an active performer in the Chicago area. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University where she studied with Kurt Hansen.


Br. Matthew Schuster, SJC
Magnificat High School Choir

Br. Matthew Schuster, is a fully professed brother with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and is currently studying for the priesthood.  He studied violin under Alvin Score of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for seven years and was a long standing member of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, which in 2006 awarded him first prize in the symphony level solo competition.  For a number of years he was also a member in the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. Presently he is engaged in continuing violin studies under Henry Criz, former concertmaster of Chicago’s Lyric Opera.