Sean joined the staff of St. James in March 2012. In addition to serving as organist of our Parish, he conducts the 15-voice Choir of Men and Women.
Before coming to St. James, Sean served as Director of Music and Organist at Old First Presbyterian Church in Newark. During his tenure there, he oversaw the all-professional choir and the 130-rank Austin organ. In addition, he ministered to the greater Newark community through both his gift of music and his talent as a chef, cooking for those who came to the midweek service.
In addition to his harpsichord studies at The Julliard School in New York City with Lionel Party, Sean holds both a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in Composition, Sacred Music, and Organ from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. His teachers include concert organists Ken Cowan, Matthew Lewis, and Diane Meredith Belcher as well as harpsichordists Kathleen Scheide and Eugene Roan. During Sean's time at Westminster, he became a master of handbell ringing by performing in the world-renowned Westminster Concert Bell Choir, which toured annually around the country under the direction of Kathleen Ebling-Shaw.
At St. James, Sean enjoys teaching the art of choral singing as well as practicing historic chant pedagogy. He plans to continue the long history of excellent music-making and further develop the already visible concert series. At home in Glen Ridge, Sean values his hobbies of house painting, oil painting, wine tasting, and cooking. Aside from his ministry at St. James, Sean is a concert harpsichordist and active real estate agent specializing in homes in Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield.
For more information about Sean, visit http://www.sean-price.com