||John Abdenour, B. A., B. Mus., J.D., our Director of Music, sang as a boy in the choir of St. Paul's Cathedral in Detroit and began organ study at the cathedral. He subsequently received degrees in Organ Performance and American History from Oberlin College. After studying law at the University of Michigan and pursuing a brief career as an attorney, he returned to his first love, sacred music. He undertook further study of Anglican choral training in 1996, when he spent a month in St Albans, singing with and studying the Choir of St Albans Cathedral, then directed by Barry Rose.
John came to Saint Paul’s in January 2000, after having served churches in Milford and New Haven, CT. Beginning June, 2010, he will be Dean of the Fairfield-West Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served as a faculty member of the Bridgeport AGO Pipe Organ Encounter. He intends, one of these days when he can find a stamp, to submit the essays and other paperwork necessary to gain membership in the Association of Anglican Musicians.
John lives in New Haven with his wife Margaret. In his spare time, he is a big fan of the Detroit Tigers and Gustav Stickley. He studies and makes Arts & Crafts furniture in Stickley's style.
You will find John at church most weekday afternoons and evenings, when the choirs rehearse.