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Christ Church appoints Dr. Justin Bischof as new director of music and organist

Dr. Justin Bischof is Christ Church’s new director of music and organist. (Photo courtesy Christ Church)

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by Christ Church. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases in the form received as a service to the community.

Christ Church is pleased to announce that Dr. Justin Bischof has accepted the call as our new Director of Music and Organist. Justin’s first Sunday at Christ Church will be June 23.

Justin has a deep appreciation for the sacred choral tradition that is cherished at Christ Church. He is a gifted liturgical organist who knows and loves Episcopal hymnody and whose playing and choral leadership inspires congregational singing. He is an accomplished choir director who enjoys working with children, volunteer, and professional choristers so they can provide excellent and approachable music for the liturgy. He has a wealth of experience working with young people, he is committed to rebuilding our children’s music ministry, and he will take an active role at our Vacation Bible School in August and help to plan and program our Christmas Pageant.

Additionally, Justin is a renowned concert organist who performs organ concerts and improvisation recitals around the world, a treat we will get to experience regularly at Christ Church. He is also Artistic Director, Conductor, and Founder of the Modus Operandi Orchestra which provides the opportunity for some of the finest freelance musicians in New York City to perform the staples of the great symphonic and operatic repertory as well as contemporary works and world premieres with their colleagues.

Justin comes to Pelham from Saint Mary’s Church (Long Island City) where he served as Director of Music and Organist. He has also served at the Church of the Epiphany (Gramercy Park, NY), the Church of Saint James the Less (Scarsdale), the Church of the Resurrection (NYC), and the Church of the Heavenly Rest (NYC). He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Learn more about Justin at his web site:, and please take a moment to view and listen to two pieces that Justin played and two hymns he accompanied when he visited a few weeks ago as a finalist in our search:

On Sunday, June 23, Justin will play organ and lead the music at the 10am Mass at Christ Church.  A special reception welcoming Justin will be held in Hoag Hall following Mass.  Please join us! 

Christ Church is the Episcopal Church in Pelham and is located at 1415 Pelhamdale Avenue, Pelham Manor – at the corner of Pelhamdale Avenue and Shore Road. 


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