Messge from the Choir Director
The OLA Choir has been an integral part of St.Joachim's/Immaculate Conception Churches, now Our Lady of the Angels Parish from the beginning. The choir enhances the religious experience, participating in all of the Holidays and life cycle events. Much of the music that the choir performs during the Mass is from the rich traditional music of the Vatican. The choir also performs a diversity of cultural and new music as well. All are invited to sing with this group. The only experience that you need is your passion to sing and glorify our Lord.
Mr. Joseph Pucciatti, Choir Director
Trenton-born educator, conductor and lecturer, Joseph Pucciatti is co-founder with his wife Sandra, of Boheme Opera New Jersey. In his capacity as its Artistic Director and Conductor, he has conducted many of opera’s masterworks for the main stage. A graduate of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), he is a career music teacher completing 39 years with the Trenton Board of Education, directing the Trenton Central High School Orchestra which he founded 26 years ago. Joseph was Music Director of the Greater Trenton Choral Society for 19 years before retiring from that position in 2007, and continues to direct the Congregation Beth Chaim Choir of Princeton Junction, currently completing 36 years. He is host of Boheme Opera’s Pre-Curtain Talks, and creator of scripts and music adaptations of the company’s periodic Inside Opera Program. During the course of his career on the podium, he has conducted 43 opera productions and 32 oratorio presentations. In 2008, he made his debut as an opera stage director with a cutting-edge production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He has been recognized with a Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award, and has been honored by the Italian American National Hall of Fame. He and his wife Sandra were the recipients of the 2002 Italian-American Society of Monroe Township Columbus Award. The Trenton Community Music School, the Advisory Board on which they served for many years, honored both in 2005. Nine years ago, Joseph became Director of the Choir at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Trenton. Joseph is a tremendous catalyst in attracting young people to witness and participate in Boheme Opera’s main stage and outreach events, and as an urban career music teacher, has often given life-changing opportunities to inner city youth.
OLA Choir was formed as Immaculate Conception Church and Saint Joachim Church were merged in 2005. As some of the choir members from each churche left, a few faithful remained and became the foundation of the newly established choir. OLA Choir sings primarily at Mass in English on Sundays and at Bilingual/Trilingual Masses on the Feast Days at both of our churches, Immaculate Conception Church and Saint Joahim Church.Our current choir director, Mr. Joseph Pucciatti, has been directing the choir since 2007.