New Organist at St. John’s: Maestro Corrado Cavalli

Our souls are nourished by the beauty of sacred music. Such music reveals the glory and grandeur of God and helps our souls soar heavenward. As Catholics we see sacred music as a part of our rich patrimony, something we must revitalize in order to ‘restore the sacred’ in our modern world.

Casavant Pipe Organ in Chicago


With the installation of our Organ, “Tina Mae,” (Op. 1130, Casavant) in 2013, we began a search for a renowned concert organist to join our music staff, so that this world-class organ might be played to its fullest potential. With thanksgiving on our lips for the generosity of our benefactors, and with joy in our hearts for many answered prayers, we heartily welcome Maestro Corrado Cavalli as our new organist. He joins the music staff, Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, Mr. Daniel Robinson, Mr. Thomas Zeman, Mr. Joseph Urbaszewski, and Br. Matthew Schuster, SJC, to serve at St. John Cantius for the greater glory of God and for the edification of all who listen.

Corrado Cavalli, a native of Turin, Italy, studied at the National Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin and the Turin National Conservatory, graduating with the highest degrees in organ, choral conducting and choral composition. Among his many honors, Maestro Cavalli was the winner of the 12th National Organ Competition “Città di Viterbo” (Pinchi Prize).  He has performed with the Italian National Symphonic Orchestra of Rai, the French “Ensemble Orchestral des Alpes et de la Mer,” the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino and many others. He recorded CD’s for the Effatà and Elledici and Elegia Records music labels and published for Italian editions “Armeiln musica” and “Musica Practica.”

In coming to St. John Cantius, Corrado leaves his position as music theory professor at the “Corsi di formazione musicale della città di Torino,” and his positions as organist at S.Giulia and San Filippo in Turin, and his position on the Commission for Sacred Music for the Archdiocese of Turin.

Benvenuto al nostro nuovo organista—Maestro Corrado Cavalli.”


Come and hear ‘Tina Mae’, St. John’s newly restored Casavant organ and its almost 4,000 pipes in the baroque splendor of St. John Cantius Church