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John D. Nowik, M.M.

Director of Music/Organist and Adjunct Professor of Liturgy and Music

School of Theology


Director of Music and Organist for Seton Hall University and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

From 1983-2001, John Nowik was Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Francis, Diocese of Metuchen. While there, he created the entire graded choir program from Kindergarten through High School to Adult Choir, Handbell Choir and the Gregorian Chant Schola. He also founded the award-winning Cathedral Concert Series, which won the Middlesex County "Excellence in Achievement Award." Nowik earned his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance at Emory University, Atlanta, GA and his Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. He and his wife, Martha, also are co-directors of music and liturgy at St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Plainfield, NJ.

In 1993 and in 2001, Nowik directed his choirs at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome at the Sunday High Mass. The choirs also sang in the presence of Pope John Paul II at the weekly papal audience.

Recently, Nowik was commissioned to arrange and orchestrate a large scale orchestral work by Helmuth Fuch, called Chicago Suite. This work was given its premier at Illinois State University in September 2010 to much critical acclaim.


  • M.M., Emory University
  • B. Mus., Westminster Choir College

Office Phone
(973) 761-9069


Office Location
Room 110
Boland Hall


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