Music and the arts are highly valued and integral to the Grace community.
Music at Grace
Under the leadership of our Director of Music we offer a program in the hope that it will help people deepen their experience and knowledge of God, as well as be the heartbeat of celebration and inspire and uplift our spirits.
The repertoire spans five centuries, and many languages and musical forms. See below for further details about our growing Music Programs, and see where you fit in!
Grace Church Choir
This semi-professional choir represents all voice parts and leads the 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist, all major feasts, and special concerts during the academic year from September to June. We welcome any and all who wish to join us.
We rehearse Wednesday Evenings from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the choir room, and meet again on Sunday morning at 9:45 AM in the Chancel to warm up for the 10:30 AM Eucharist.
New members are welcome to join us at any time! For more information please contact Andrew Kilkenny via email, telephone, or during church hours, he will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Grace Youth Choir
The Grace Youth Choir rehearses Sundays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.
Grace Episcopal Church is blessed to have one of four carillons in the state of New Jersey. The Grace Carillon was dedicated as a two octave carillon in March 1923. Click here for details.
Grace Church Organ
The Grace Church Organ is a wonderful instrument to lead the liturgical and musical life of our congregation. Click here for details.
Our Music Director has been working diligently with outside musicians as well as working with our choirs in order to start a concert series.
Director of Music
Andrew Kilkenny is the Director of Music & Organist at Grace Church in the city of Plainfield, NJ. Andrew grew up attending services at Christ Church located in New Brunswick, NJ. This parish played a big role in his life, as well as nurtured his passion and familiarity for music and its involvement in the Episcopal Church. He is at ease with both its classical and contemporary expressions as well as blending more creative elements into the music program.
Andrew has also worked with several musicians, including The Manhattan Brass Quartet. He has given numerous solo recitals on organ and piano, as well as accompanied choirs and soloists. During his studies, he had an opportunity to tour Canada with the “Chorale Schola” and was part of the performing chamber orchestras playing continuo. Most notable was the opportunity to play the famous “Widor Toccata” on the Great Organ at St John the Divine Cathedral in New York City.
As Director of Music, Mr. Kilkenny will continue to develop and expand our parish music program for all ages, seeking to actively engage our neighborhood and the wider community as he works to involve additional voices, create new outlets for outreach, and involve other instruments in our everyday parish life. As our primary musician, he will be the Organist and play for all liturgical events in the parish.
He attended Kean University and his major concentration was Music Education with his secondary being performance. Andrew’s continued passion and love for the organ, got him accepted in to Rutgers where he further studied Organ under the direction of Professor Mark Trautman, the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood. Andrew has been faithful to sacred music for more than a decade, and continues to pass on his knowledge to his pupils.
Mr. Kilkenny comes to us after serving as the Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church in East Orange, NJ. Prior to that, he severed as Choirmaster and Organist at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains, NJ.
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Contact Number: (732) 991-6548
Tiffany and Stained Glass Windows
The Tiffany and Stained Glass Windows are yet another blessing at Grace Church. Click here for details.
Grace Episcopal Church is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.