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New Director of Music Ministry
Allow me to introduce our new Director of Music Ministry.
Mr. Gusti Daija has over 30 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, performer, recording musician, author and composer/arranger.
He has worked with adult (both amateur and professional) and children’s choirs, handbell choirs, small and large instrumental ensembles, and theater companies. As a choral conductor, he has presented dozens of concerts of sacred and secular music.
Passion for the liturgy, for music and for teaching children have given him numerous opportunities and experiences serving the Catholic Church. He has taught at both Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Mercy Schools in the Bronx.
A native of Albania, Mr. Daija was raised in a family with many musical influences. His father Tish Daija was an Albanian composer, who composed the first Albanian Ballet, Halili dhe Hajiria, and was an alumnus of the Moscow Conservatory.
He began playing the piano at the age of five and the oboe at the age of eleven. He holds degrees in Music Composition and a Masters in Music Education from CUNY.
Mr. Daija has been Director of Music and Principal Organist at Saint Jude Church in Manhattan since 2006. Prior to his appointment at Saint Jude, he served as Organist and Choirmaster at Holy Apostles Catholic Church Athens, Greece, and Redeemer Church and St. John’s Evangelical Church Jersey City, NJ.
Also, Mr. Daija has been acclaimed music instructor at Menconi School of Music, in Clifton, NJ, for the last three years. His dedication to his students, and their achievements in music, are highly recognized.
Let us welcome Mr. Daija to our staff and to our parish.