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Chapter Officers 2016-2017

Eugene Harper              email       bio
Fr. Donald Rooney        email       bio
Diocesan Music Coordinator
Richard Gibala              email       bio
Past Director
David Mathers               email       bio
Treasurer, Webmaster
Bob Malinowski            email       bio
Secretary, Membership Database
Anne Shingler               email       bio
Newsletter Editor
Tim Lewicki                 email       bio
EJ Cochran                   email       bio
Events Calendar
Claire Schweppe            email       bio

Eugene Harper
NPM Arlington Chapter Director Eugene Harper, Jr. has been organist, pianist and director for numerous sacred and community choral organizations spanning nearly six decades. He has been Director/Accompanist of the St. Joseph Gospel Choir at his parish of St. Joseph in Alexandria, Va., since 1994, where he also serves as Director of Music.

A cradle Catholic, he completed his early education at Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and Portsmouth Catholic High School in his hometown of Portsmouth, Va. Beginning his music ministry as OLV parish organist at the age of 10, when OLV’s school and church closed in 1964, he continued as assistant organist at nearby St. Paul’s parish until high school graduation.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Departmental Honors, in music with organ as his major instrument. At HU, he was organist for the chapel, college and concert choirs. He did further graduate-level studies in Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and Norfolk (Va.) State University. He is also an alumnus of the Federal Executive Institute and the Defense Information School.

He held many positions in the U.S. Department of Defense during 35 years as a career civilian federal employee and manager.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Archbishop James P. Lyke Foundation, which cultivates, celebrates, and commissions leadership to develop powerful and effective Black Catholic worship.

He is former Chairperson for Black Catholic Ministries in the Diocese of Arlington, Va.

He is a recipient of the Servant of Christ Award, sponsored by National Black Catholic Congress, and given to bishops, priests, religious and lay men and women representing a broad spectrum of both clerical and lay leadership and service in the Church.

He and his spouse, Cora, reside in Herndon, Va., where they receive frequent visits from their eight grandchildren.

Father Donald Rooney
Father Don Rooney, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, is pastor of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield, VA, a parish family of about 11,000.  Originally from Kansas City, MO, he received his Master of Divinity/Master of Arts degree in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia following a number of years as creative director and owner of an advertising design firm.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from the University of Dallas in 1979.

Fr. Rooney was ordained in 1994.  For sixteen years he has served as director of the diocesan Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, as well as a number of related organizations:  formerly, two terms as president of CADEIO (the national Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers) working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; treasurer of the Virginia State LARCUM Committee (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and United Methodists); and a member of the Coordinating Cabinet and chair of the Faith and Order Commission for the Virginia Council of Churches.  He is an active participant in the national dialogue of the USCCB and United Methodists, and has twice participated in the Vatican dialogue with Buddhists.

He also serves on a number of boards whose work is ecumenical and philanthropic in nature, including Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington and as a founding member of the Holy Land Christians Society, whose goal is to promote Christian education and peace in Israel/Palestine.

Richard Gibala
Richard P. Gibala currently is Director of Music at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, and serves as Artistic Director of Cathedral Concerts. He is the Music Coordinator for the Diocese of Arlington, and is a charter member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Council.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he served as music coordinator for the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1978 - 1986, where he founded the Diocesan Choir and the local chapter of the NPM. Rick served as chairperson for the NPM regional conventions in Pittsburgh in 1982 and in Washington, DC in 1990. He chaired the national NPM convention held in Washington, DC, July, 2001. In 1999 Rick was honored at the national NPM convention as Pastoral Musician of the Year. In September, 2000, he received an honorary doctorate from the Leonine Institute.

He also served as chair for the 2003 regional convention of the American Guild of Organists held in Northern Virginia, and chair for the Millennial Gathering of The Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians held in Washington, DC in 1999.Rick was dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 1998-2000, and served as chair of the Tri Chapter of the AGO from 2004 - 2006. He has also served as Chapter Director for the Arlington Chapter of NPM.

Rick has conducted workshops and retreats, and has served as guest choral conductor in various locations throughout the United States. He has been organ consultant to over 30 churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

He has written articles for The American Organist, Pastoral Music, Today's Parish, Church, and The Liturgical Singer, and is the author of With Harp, Lyre, and Spatula, a cookbook for church musicians, published by NPM. Rick’s compositions have been published by GIA and Morning Star Publication.

David Mathers
David is Director of Sacred Music at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, VA, where, in addition to directing the Adult, Children’s and Youth Choirs, and playing the organ and piano for parish liturgies, oversees the entire music ministry of one of the largest parishes in the Arlington Diocese. David is a member of the national board of directors of NPM’s Directors of Music Ministries Division (DMMD). David has completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music with concentration in Choral Music at the Catholic University of America where he studies choral conducting with Dr. Leo Nestor. David also holds a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from CUA. David and his wife Kathy live in Prince William County and are members of All Saints Parish in Manassas.

We, Church, have come to a pivotal point in the ongoing renewal of our liturgical practice. It’s a point where we have to decide whether to remain satisfied with what has been achieved or whether to continue move forward with a vision that includes real participation by all, rites that are meaning-full and a Eucharist that is the source of our action “for the life of the world.” I believe NPM is and will be a major force in this vision. It has to be. In my work in my parish of St. Mary in Fredericksburg, VA and in our diocese of Arlington through our NPM Chapter, this is the vision of liturgy that motivates me, and which I try to carry forward. There’s plenty of work to be done – let’s do it!

Bob Malinowski
Bob Malinowski is a liturgist, pianist, organist and guitarist. He has served his home parish, Saint Bernadette in Springfield, Virginia, since 1982. He and his wife, Sylvia, lead a contemporary ensemble of 40 choir members and 10 instrumentalists on Sundays, plus special liturgies, concerts and community events.

Bob holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence, Numerical Methods, and Simulation. He spent 20 years in private industry as a scientist, engineer, and technologist before starting his own software company providing web-based sales and analysis for the radio, tv and cable industries. After selling the company and working for the newly formed venture for seven years, he started a new business and currently works as a financial investor, commodity futures trader, and instructor. He serves the church through music ministry as his primary avocation.

Anne Shingler
Anne Shingler became the Director of Liturgy and Music at Good Shepherd parish in 2007. Anne holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. She has been involved in Music Ministry for most of her life. She has a passion for singing and has held positions with various churches over the years. Her roles have included being cantor or soloist and directing choirs for adults, teens, children and handbells. She has also enjoyed involvement in various choral groups and currently sings with our Diocesan Choir. To quote: “I feel so very blessed to be able to work in Music Ministry, where I have the joy of sharing the gift of music in offering praise and thanks to God!”

Tim Lewicki
Timothy Lewicki is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, earning a master’s degree in sacred music in October 2013. As a student at Westminster Choir College, he had the opportunity to perform with major conductors and orchestras, including Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony and Daniel Harding and the Dresden Staakstapelle. As a member of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Mr. Lewicki performed with Josh Groban at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, and toured with the choir through the mid-West. He studied organ with Ken Cowan and Alan Morrison. After receiving his Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, magna cum laude, in May 2011 from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Mr. Lewicki began graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. As a graduate student he studied choral and sacred music with Leo Nestor, DMA and pursued liturgical and theological studies with Rev. Dominic Serra and Rev. Michael Witczak.

An active member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Mr. Lewicki current serves as Newsletter Editor on the Arlington Chapter Board, and has served on the Advisory Board of the Trenton, NJ, local chapter. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Northern Virginia Chapter.

Mr. Lewicki is the recipient of scholarship awards from academic and professional organizations, including the MAGI Foundation at the Catholic University of America (2011), the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ Koinonia Scholarship (2010) and the Steven Warner Scholarship (2012). He has held church music positions in New Jersey and Virginia. Tim currently serves as Director of Music and Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA, where he oversees a vibrant music program including several singing ensembles and one handbell choir involving parishioners of all ages. He and his wife reside in Alexandria, VA.

EJ Cochran
I have a BA degree with a major in English from George Mason University. I was employed throughout college as a church organist. From that point on, I have continuously been involved in church music. I was confirmed into the the Catholic Church in 1998. I have served as Director of Music at Sacred Heart Church in Manassas for twenty years as of October, 2015. I am married to Steve Cochran. We have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Claire Schweppe
Hailing originally from Valley Springs, California, Claire Schweppe currently serves as Music Director at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling, Virginia. There, she directs the Children’s Choir, Adult Choir, and a select voice ensemble. Previous positions include music ministry at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, and St. Bernadine’s Catholic Church in California, as well as St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and the historical St. John the Evangelist Catholic church in downtown Indianapolis.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Music (B. M.) degree in Organ Performance from the University of Redlands, where she studied with Dr. Frederick Swann, and a Masters of Music (M.M.) degree in Organ and Sacred Music from Indiana University, where she studied with Bruce Neswick. She is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. Claire was honored to be the recipient of the 2013 GIA Pastoral Musician Scholarship. Recent engagements include joint and solo recitals in Terra Haute, Indianapolis, and Bloomington, Indiana, as well as McLean, Virginia.







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