Sing unto the Lord a new song…worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. from Psalm 96
Since our founding in 1960, All Saints’ Church has considered music to be of vital importance to our liturgy, and to our identity as Episcopalians. The primary aim of our music program is to offer praise, thanksgiving, penance, and supplication to God through sung worship. In so doing, we also hope to offer spiritual nourishment, healing, and enrichment to our congregation and community. Our congregation and choir have rich opportunities to lend their voices to the singing of hymns, psalms, anthems, and other music in worship. In addition, those members of our parish who are skilled musicians often have opportunities to offer music of their own to complement the liturgy.
Director of Music and Organist
Kevin J. O’Malia, a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, holds a Bachelor Degree, summa cum laude, and a Master’s Degree, with distinction, from Westminster Choir College, the school of music of Rider University. His concentrations of study were in organ, choral conducting and church music history; his principal teachers were Mark Laubach, Mark Anderson, Diane Meredith Belcher and Tom Whittemore.
Mr. O’Malia is the Director of Music and Organist at All Saints Church in Princeton, boasting a mixed adult chancel choir and a children’s choir. He accompanies Sunday services, and he manages a concert series. These concerts feature musical offerings ranging from the church’s own choirs to visiting ensembles from tri state area and beyond. In addition to his duties at All Saints, Kevin serves as organist at Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick, NJ, where he accompanies services and assists in directing the temple choirs.
Mr. O’Malia is also extremely active as an instructor. He was an adjunct professor, serving on the faculty of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, where he directed the campus choir, the Hill Singers. He also serves as frequent clinician for the American Guild of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music in America and the American Choral Director’s Association. Kevin has also holds a private organ and piano studio. A winner of multiple organ competitions, Kevin has concertized in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa. Many of his performances have been featured on regional radio broadcasts. More prominently, Mr. O’Malia has appeared on National Public Radio production Pipedreams several times, and on Radio South Africa, ClassicFM, and its program ‘People of Note.’
Distinguished performances have been featured cathedral residencies at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Lincoln Cathedral, Christ Church, Oxford; recitals at Notre-Dame in Paris, St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, Washington National Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Princeton University Chapel, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
An avid follower of American history and the Philadelphia Phillies, Kevin finds himself at home in Lawrenceville, where he lives with his spouse, Tom, and dogs Jack and Brian.
The Choir of All Saints’ Church plays a large and active role in the life of the parish, and offers singers many opportunities to use their gifts to the glory of God. Its primary role is to provide choral leadership at the 10:15 AM service each Sunday during the academic year, as well as major feasts such as Ash Wednesday and the Holy Week services. In addition, the Choir offers sung evening prayer several times each season, as well as presenting major works in concert, often in collaboration with other area ensembles. The Choir is comprised of 12-15 parishioners, augmented by a professional octet. The repertoire consists of classical sacred music of all periods and styles, from the Renaissance to new music written by living composers, with special emphasis on the music of the standard Anglican repertory. Preparing more than 60 pieces of substantial choral repertoire each season, the Choir is a fantastic way for singers to gain exposure to a wide variety of choral literature, composers, and styles. Membership is open to all singers of high school age or older, and rehearsals are each Thursday evening from 7:30 until 9:15, during the academic year.
In February, 2014, members of the All Saints’ Choir traveled to Ireland and Italy, where they made history by having the honor to be the first American Choir to present a private concert in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome. The choir also performed in St. Francis of Assisi Basilica, Assisi, Italy and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, among many other prestigious venues.
Want to see what the choir will be singing this season? Click here –> Choral Repertoire Spring 2019
Music and the Church
The Church has always understood the transformative power of music, and we can trace a rich musical heritage all the way back to the singing of the Psalter in the great Temple of Jerusalem in the days before Christ. Music isn’t simply meant to ‘accompany’ worship, or make it more entertaining; rather, music is itself an act of worship – whether in singing, playing an instrument, or even through active, meditative listening. Music is a way of encountering and understanding the nature of God beyond the limiting factor of words, and can lift us up and bring us together in quite a singular way.
We’re glad you’re interested in the Music Program at All Saints, and we hope you’ll consider participating, whether by worshipping with us, singing with our Choir, or through our many concert and recital offerings throughout the year. We’re humbled by the opportunity to offer our gifts, resources, and our sacred space to the glory of God, and the spiritual enrichment of his people.