The Rev. Robert (Bob) Francis Solon, Jr., was elected Priest-in-Charge in September in 2020, after serving with us as supply clergy since May. He began his duties on October 1, 2020. Fr. Solon was ordained deacon in June of 2006 and priest on the Feast of the Presentation in 2007. He has served as Vicar of St. Thomas Vernon (now closed) and Rector of Church of the Advent in Baltimore, and as Interim Pastor at the diocesan Cathedral of Trinity and St. Phillip, and at St. Andrew's Staten Island. He holds a B.A. in political science and computer science from Capital University, the MBA degree from Anderson University, and the M.Div., and S.T.M. degrees from the General Theological Seminary in New York. He was sponsored for ordination by Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, where he indulged his love of choral music and reverent liturgy.
In his prior career in Information Technology, Fr. Solon has worked on IBM 370 machines for the U.S. Department of Defense and the State of Indiana. He was a project manager for Keane Inc., during the Year 2000 (Y2K) remediation, and was a Research Director at Gartner Group, leading a team of analysts in the area of Application Development and Maintenance Benchmarking. He enjoys exploring Passaic County and New Jersey in his spare time, and also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of The House of the Good Shepherd, as Treasurer of The Society of Scholar Priests, and on the Diocesan Commission on Liturgy and Music.
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.