Dr. Sándor Szabó
Minister of Music
Phone: 413-298-3137 x13
Dr. Sándor Szabó was called to serve as our Minister of Music in June 2020. As Sándor puts it, “I can’t imagine a more beautiful and inspiring setting to minister the word of God through music. To serve in a church community is not simply a job for me, but rather an expression of my faith and fulfillment of my gifts. It is my hope that FCC’s music ministry will draw many people to the church and to Christ, and inspire them in their worship to God. I invite all those interested in participating in the music ministry, from vocalists and handbell ringers to instrumentalists and liturgical dancers, to reach out to me anytime; I not only welcome, but encourage collaboration! As Minister of Music, my hope is that our musical selections exemplify the best liturgical music of all eras and styles, from the Renaissance to the present.”
Dr. 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, North America, and Asia. 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. He subsequently 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.