Music Program

MUSIC Director & Organist:  Jim Douglas

May 14th, 2017: CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM DOUGLAS! WE REJOICE TO PARTNER WITH JIM IN GOD’S MISSION THROUGH MUSIC AS HE TAKES ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIRECTOR OF MUSIC (FROM INTERIM DIRECTOR). ALLELUIA, PRAISE THE LORD!

James Douglas (Jim) enjoys an active career as a church musician, professional singer, keyboardist, conductor, composer, teacher and arranger.  Prior to coming to St. Matthew’s, Jim was Director of Music and Organist at St. James’ Church, Long Branch, NJ.

A New Jersey native, Jim received his initial musical training at Saint Thomas Choir School in New York City, where he became head treble chorister in the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.  He performed with the likes of Carly Simon and Jessye Norman and can be heard as a treble soloist on the choir’s recording "Christ The Fair Glory".  He attended Saint James School, Hagerstown, MD, an Episcopal boarding school founded during the Oxford Movement, where he studied piano, organ, voice, trumpet, and often played for chapel services and conducted the school's Chapel Choir.  He attended Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, where he studied sacred music, piano, organ, voice and conducting, and was a tenor/baritone and soloist in the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Choir.

He has sung under the world's leading orchestral and choral conductors and has performed and recorded with such ensembles as the Saint Thomas Choir, Trinity Church Wall Street Choir, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Westminster Choir and Kinnara Ensemble.  He has also performed in American premieres of choral compositions by Sir John Tavener and Tarik O'Regan.

Involved in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, Jim has served on the Bishop's Advisory Commission on Music and was organist for two recent diocesan conventions.  He is also a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCM America) and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).  Since 2010, he has served on the music faculty of the RSCM America’s King’s College Summer Training Course in Wilkes-Barre, PA, working alongside leading American and British church musicians, including Barry Rose, Richard Tanner, David Briggs, Walden Moore and Scott Hanoian.

Jim and his wife Abbie reside in Robbinsville, NJ. 


JIM'S WORK AT ST. MATTHEW'S

  • Working together with the Rector and Director of Children’s/Family Ministry to enhance the varied worship services offered at St. Matthew’s.
  • Helping us experiment with new models of music ministry, with an eye for the development of a missional approach, including collaboration in the local community and the fostering of fellowship and formation with youth.
  • Modifying aspects of the current program to be able to champion missional initiatives.
  • Continuing our traditional excellence in all three choirs: adult, children’s, and handbell.

We have a variety of opportunities to participate in the leadership of worship at St. Matthew's. One of these opportunities is participating in our music ministry. We welcome people who have a passion for music at any age. Please find the opportunity for which you have passion in our children’s choir, handbell choir, or senior choir. 

We have a variety of choirs you can participate in; if interested, please contact Jim
at (609) 737-0985, Ext 4.