James J. Chepponis
James J. Chepponis is a
priest of the Pittsburgh Diocese, ordained in 1985. He
received his B.A. in music from St. Fidelis College/Slippery
Rock University, with a major in organ and a minor in voice.
Fr. Jim received an M.Div. and M.A. in systematic theology
from Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD.
1996, Fr. Jim has served the Pittsburgh Diocese as Director
of the Office for Music Ministry, and his work includes providing
music for all Diocesan liturgies, directing the Diocesan Choir
and Schola Cantorum, and serving as music resource
person for parishes throughout the Pittsburgh Diocese. In July
of 2003, Fr. Chepponis was also appointed as pastor of St.
John Capistran Parish in the Upper St. Clair suburb of Pittsburgh.
has led workshops on pastoral music throughout the country,
and was a participant in the creation of the document The
Milwaukee Symposia for Church Composers: A Ten-Year Report .
His published articles on liturgy and music have appeared in Pastoral
Music, The Hymn, and GIA Quarterly. Fr. Jim
has over 75 published compositions. His publishers include
MorningStar, GIA Publications and World Library Publications.
music by James J. Chepponis