Thomas DeLessio joined the NJYC in September 2015 as an accompanist. He has been Director of Liturgical Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen and the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi since February 2001. Under his direction are the Cathedral Choir, three Parish choirs for children in grades K-12, the Diocesan Festival Choir and the Diocesan Chamber Choir, of which he is the founding director. He coordinates and directs combined choirs for major Diocesan Liturgies, and has conducted choirs on pilgrimage to St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome and the Basilica of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC.
Mr. DeLessio is organist and pianist for nearly 400 liturgies each year. He is an occasional organ recitalist, has given two organ dedication recitals, and has performed “Symphony No. 3” (Organ) by Camille Saint-Saëns on three occasions with the Tim Keyes Consort and the Young Players Philharmonic.
Mr. DeLessio has his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Organ from Westminster Choir College, and his graduate degree in Liturgical Studies from LaSalle University. He maintains a private piano and organ studio in Whitehouse and is also accompanist for the Somerset Hills School District.