Music Ministry

Music Director/Organist
Kyle Sheppard
kshep2193@gmail.com
Kyle was introduced to St. Mary's at a reception in his honor following his Concert Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm.
Link to the concert
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Introducing Kyle Sheppard, Music Director and Organist
 

I was raised in Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey where I attended Schalick High School. After high school, I attended the former Cumberland County College, now Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland, as well as Rowan University where I earned my Associate and Bachelor's degrees in Music. This coming Fall I will earn my Master's in Organ Performance from Rowan. I have had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Gordon Turk who is the organist at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove as well as St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA. I have formerly served Central United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church, both of Bridgeton, New Jersey. In 2017 I accepted the Director of Music position at the First United Methodist Church of Avalon which I currently serve. In addition to working in Avalon, I am the Choral Director of the Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland Choir which is a volunteer chorus of about 25-30 community members and students.

I have always had a deep connection with sacred music and the way in which we connect with it. Music in combination with sacred texts and literature can create moments of peace, understanding, inspiration, and dedication, all of which combine with the spoken word to create a unified, uplifting, and inspiring service. I like to use a variety of organ literature, hymn arrangements, and choral repertoire to expose listeners and participants to new music as well as music that is familiar and beloved.  
 

I am extremely grateful for the abundance of support from both the Avalon Methodist Church and St. Mary's as we look forward to working together in co-ministry on Seven-Mile Island. I am eager to learn the traditions of St. Mary's in music and service and hopefully work together to create new ones as well. I am excited to meet more members of the St. Mary's congregation and to be working with Mother Allison as we navigate these waters together.  
 

Kyle