Music Staff

Rev. Matthew Schuster, SJC
Prefect of Music

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Fr. Matthew SchusterFr. Matthew Schuster has been a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius since June 2007 and was ordained a priest in May of 2019 after completing undergraduate studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell CT and acquiring a Masters of Divinity Degree through Mundelein Seminary in IL.

Fr. Matthew studied violin extensively under Alvin Score of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra throughout high-school and college, playing in a variety of small ensembles, including the Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and the Paray String Quartet.  He was awarded first place in the 2005 OYO Concerto Competition.  During high school Fr. Matthew also served as assistant organist at Sacred Heart Parish in MI, where he assisted in organizing the liturgical music program and directed the parish youth choir.

Throughout his time with the Canons, Fr. Matthew has served as assistant organist, assistant director of the Gregorian chant schola and served for several years as director of the Magnificat Youth Choir.  During his time as a student at Holy Apostles and at Mundelein Seminary Fr. Matthew played organ for various liturgies and organized and directed multiple choral groups, which were formed from the seminary body.


Kevin Allen
Music Director

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Kevin Allen has been highly regarded as a composer of opera, chamber and orchestral music. Mr. Allen has also developed a unique reputation as a composer of church music for the Roman Rite.

Mr. Allen’s works, sacred and secular, have been performed in churches and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe.

Mr. Allen is the founding director of the Collins Consort, American Composer’s Project, and the Schola Immaculata. He has also served as the choirmaster of the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago. Kevin Allen’s works »


Corrado Cavalli
Organist

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.