At the present time we do not have a permanent priest in residence. Several priests have been coming to us to celebrate Mass on Sundays and holy days. They have also provided coverage for other sacraments and pastoral care as needed. Please call the Parish Office for any pastoral emergency (973-779-0966) and we will return your call as soon as possible. The telephone messages are monitored daily.
Our Music Director
Recognized for her sense of style and musicality, Mun-Tzung Wong is a multi-faceted musician, leading a professional career as a pianist, conductor, mezzo-soprano, vocal and instrumental coach, and teaching artist. She has appeared on WQXR and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, and Lincoln Center. She has been on staff at the Manhattan School of Music since 2008.
A Hong Kong native, Ms. Wong started piano at the age of 4. She studied organ and harpsichord intensively and, at the age of 14, she performed on one of the largest tracker organs in Southeast Asia (Rieger Orgelbau, Hong Kong Cultural Centre).
Featured in an article on music entrepreneurship in Forbes Magazine, Ms. Wong is the founder and executive director of the New York Conducting Institute.
Ms. Wong has been serving in the music ministry at Saint John’s since 2009 and is currently sharing the duties of music directorship with her husband, David Štech. She currently resides in New York City with David and their two wonderful kitties, Cleo and Niles. She enjoys cooking in her free time.
Our Organist and Choirmaster
Organist and Choirmaster DAVID ŠTECH has served St. John’s since 2009. He and his wife MunTzung Wong share in the leadership of our church’s music program. David has been a professional organist and/or choirmaster in churches since 1991 and is currently the artistic director of the New York Conducting Institute, which he and MunTzung established in 2016. He is also the assistant conductor of the Missouri Symphony and a frequent collaborator with opera singers in New York, where he has an active vocal coaching studio.
He has also worked as a professional choral singer for many years and was music director of Chicago Choral Artists, 2005-2009. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Florida Orchestra, the North Shore Choral Society (Evanston, IL), Bella Voce (Chicago), and on tour with the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter’s-in-the-loop (Chicago). He has served as music director of American Opera Group, Chicago Choral Artists, and the Astoria Symphony, and associate conductor at New York Lyric Opera. He works frequently with opera companies throughout the country, including Sarasota Opera, Opera Southwest, St. Petersburg Opera, Williamsburg Opera, and Charlottesville Opera. David has served on the faculties of DePaul and Roosevelt Universities, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where he conducted premieres of student works, played dozens of recitals, and coached singers.
In addition to the traditional classical canon, David’s diverse tastes lead him to learn Eastern European folk music and dance, early music, and music of a wide variety of church traditions.