Music Staff

Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
Prefect 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.

Jonathan Rudy
Director of Musical Arts and Administration, Magnificat Choir

Jonathan Rudy, a native of Batavia, IL, is proud to follow a sacred music vocation. He has recently performed in locations across the United States, including an appearance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston. Rudy appears frequently in performance competitions, recently winning First and Audience Prizes in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. He has also been a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, IN, and received Second Prize in the Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2011. Mr. Rudy is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, studying organ with Janette Fishell and improvisation/sacred music with Bruce Neswick. His prior degrees are from I.U. and Valparaiso University (studying with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert), and studied in High School with Karl Bruhn and his mother, Melinda J. Rudy. He is Director of Musical Arts and Administration at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Chicago, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Katie.

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.

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.

Rachel Bain
Holy Innocents Choir

Rachel (Rauwolf) Bain has been involved with music from childhood, singing in choir and studying piano, including formal study of voice under the tutelage of Suzanne Bernard Wood. She has sung with the San Jose Symphonic Choir where she performed the Bach St. Matthew Passionn, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and many other great works. She sang onstage with Barbra Streisand during her ‘Back to Brooklyn’ tour of 2012. She was also a member of the St. Ann Choir of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Palo Alto, CA under Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University, and has also studied composition and theory under Naoki Taniguchi of West Valley College, CA. With her passion for music, Rachel has been teaching, directing choirs, organizing music camps, and the like over the past decade.