The organ at Christ’s Church is, in reality, two organs, one located in the Chancel and other in the Gallery. Both are controlled from an all-electric console near the Chapel. The Chancel organ is primarily designed for accompaniment and contained two divisions- the unenclosed Great and the Choir under expression. The Gallery organ is for congregational singing, preludes and postludes and recital playing. It contains an unenclosed Great as well as Swell and Choir divisions under expression.
The tonal design of the instrument is on neo-baroque lines, beloved of the era, but also includes sounds appropriate for a wider variety of repertoire. The organ was built in 1964 by Austin Organs of Hartford, Connecticut, designed by long-serving organist, Felix McGuire and given by Mr. and Mrs. John Ellis Knowles.
Sándor Szabó is actively engaged as conductor, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, vocal coach, arranger and adjudicator. Choirs and orchestras under his leadership have toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, and he has performed in major concert halls and cathedrals in Europe and North America. Dr. Szabó began his musical education in Yugoslavia. He graduated from the University of Novi Sad in 1984 with the diploma “Academic Musician in the Piano Art” and received a Master’s degree from the University of Music Arts, Belgrade.
From 1983 until his immigration to Canada in 1988, Dr. Szabó carried on a performing career while teaching piano at the University of Music Arts, Novi Sad, and working as Assistant Conductor/Accompanist at the Serbian National Opera. Dr. Szabó has studied with many distinguished musicians, including conducting with Stanko Šepić, Ann Howard Jones and Joseph Flummerfelt; piano with Bordás Lajos, Jokuthon Mihajlović, Nevena Popović, Anthony di Bonaventura and Tong Il Han; organ with Max Miller, Eugene Roan and McNeil Robinson; and harpsichord with Mark Kroll.
Dr. Szabó holds Master’s degrees in organ performance and sacred music from Westminster Choir College, where he was awarded the full-tuition Currin scholarship,and earned a DMA in piano performance at Boston University. He also holds the Fellowship Certificate (FAGO) from the American Guild of Organists and is a member of Phi Beta Delta, an honor society for international scholars, as well as Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. Dr. Szabo has held the post of Music Director in prominent churches in Ontario, Canada, MA, NJ and NY.
Dr. Szabó is the interim Choir Master and Organist at Christ's Church, Rye NY, Music Director and Conductor of the Oratorio Society of New Jersey and Organist/Choir Director at Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, NJ.