David J. Cochrane, Director of Music
David J. Cochrane is the Director of Music at SJN. David directs Voces Fidei, Cantor collegium, Vox angelorum, and the new contemporary ensemble. Born in Scranton, PA to an Italian and Irish Catholic family, David has been working for the Catholic Church since age 14, when he became the first sacristan at his home parish in Pennsylvania. David received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Russian and Music from Dickinson College where he studied under Dr. Robert W. Pound. In May 2016, he completed his master's degree in choral conducting at the University of South Carolina where he studied under Dr. Larry Wyatt. In September 2014, he was invited to join The Cecelia Ensemble, a 10- voice professional vocal ensemble based in August, Georgia, as a baritone. With Cecila, David has performed the Bach B-minor Mass with the Augusta symphony, as well as other concerts for the South Carolina Music Educators Association, the Belmont Abbey concert series, International music festival in Russia, and others.
In 2013, David spent a year in Moscow, Russia, studying choral conducting at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow under Alexander Solovyev. While in Moscow he guest conducted the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir in concert, and participated in a number of performances and master classes led by conductors of the Moscow Conservatory, including People’s Artist of the USSR and recipient of the State Prize, Vladimir Minin. David also directed the early-music ensemble at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Moscow, which sang sacred Baroque and Renaissance music at one weekly Mass at the cathedral. Additionally, David founded and directed Voces Concordiae a 10-voice early-music ensemble that performed a liturgical concert in Moscow in May 2013. In Columbia, David also serves as the Director of Music at Cardinal Newman School.
For more information about the SJN Music Ministries please contact David.
Brad Cunningham, Interim Principal Organist
Brad grew up in Augusta, Ga. where he studied organ Dr. John Schaeffer. He graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. with a bachelor's degree in organ performance under Dr. Peter B. DeWitt, and earned his master of divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., though he now finds himself investigating the Catholic faith. Most recently he was organist at St. Mary in Aiken.
Mr. Cunningham has performed as recitalist and organist with organizations around the Augusta area including Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Concerts With a Cause, Westobou Festival, Aiken Masterworks Chorale, and Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta where he served eight years.
An Augusta-Richmond County history buff, Mr. Cunningham is CEO for Friends of Coleman-Leigh-Warren Cemetery in Augusta-Richmond County. In his spare time enjoys restoring a 3,900 sq. ft., 116 year old house in the Augusta Downtown Historic District, a house that came close to being lost to demolition by neglect. Brad also owns a small bungalow in the downtown Aiken area, where spends most of his time cooking, bike riding, and enjoying life.
Terra Chadwick, Spanish Choir Lead
My joy of serving my parish, stems from the fine example my Mother presented. From an early age, remembering quietly sitting in church, while my Mother along with other ladies, cleaned the church.
Originally from Panama City, Republic of Panama from an American father and Panamanian Mother, I started playing the piano at age 8. This gift from God has been with me in all periods of my life. I moved to Columbia, SC in 2004. After searching with my heart, I felt more at home with the Hispanic Ministry then under Fr. Filemon. Under his direction, we served in the choir; Secretary for Hispanic Parish Council; Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Ministry Lead, Christian Formation program Assistant to Catechist, then Catechist, then Director of our Hispanic Christian Formation.
In Fall of 2009, under a bit of nudging from Robert Belen, then music lead for Hispanic Ministry, I started playing piano in choir. Joyfully serving the community through the Flor y Canto Music selection. I believe I finally have found the place that God wants me to serve. I am now in my second year as Music Lead. My goal is to allow the music to enrich lives through prayer and worship. Carefully selecting songs that provide ample opportunity for the parishioners to express themselves and join in the universal church. Psalm 146:2 “Praise the Lord, my soul; I will praise the Lord, all my life. Sing praise to my God while I live”.
The Spanish Choir leads the sung prayer at the 2PM Spanish Liturgies on Sundays, Feast Days, and bilingual Liturgies. For more information please contact Terra.
Vince Pace, Noon Mass Ensemble
Vince leads the Sung Prayer at the Noon Mass each Sunday. For more information please contact Vince.