Meet the Snark


Grandfather of one (Anthony James, aka "AJ")
Father of four (two sons and two daughters, all grown now!)
Husband of one (Ann)

1964 - (July 1) A snark is born, and five months later adopted by Bob and Terry Page!  Yes, Bob (1933-1981) and Terry (1932-2016) are the ones I've called (and still call) Dad and Mom, respectively.
1972 - Started taking guitar lessons (go figure)
1975 - Sang in first choir
1981 - Played my first piano at Mass
1982 - Played my first organ at Mass
1983 - First music director position held at age 19, in the same parish that C. Alexander Peloquin started at, also at 19 (Sacred Heart, Woonsocket, Rhode Island).  Leo Fontaine, then 14, was the folk group leader at the time.  He later switched to organ (YAY!) and remained Sacred Heart's organist until the parish's closing in 2018, and even had a stint as Mayor of Woonsocket!  Good for him!
1984 - First Mass setting written (not to mention, first liturgical composition of any kind).  All later scrapped except the Agnus Dei, which later became part of another Mass setting - one of higher quality.
1985 - Motet-style Ave Maria written by yours truly, in illo tempore just barely old enough to drink!
1986 - Wrote my own tune for the hymn Around the Throne, a Glorious Band, which was published roughly two decades later by CanticaNOVA Publications.
1989 - Appointed music director at Precious Blood Church, also in Woonsocket - also once served by Peloquin (In 1950, Peloquin left Precious Blood to go to the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence, Rhode Island.  I haven't gotten there yet.)
1991 - Mass of the Precious Blood composed, which included the Agnus Dei from the 1984 Mass setting that was scrapped.
1995 - First collection of Responsorial Psalms written, affectionately dubbed Psalm 151.  Later on in life, some were kept, some were replaced.
1997 - Providence Mass composed, as a tribute to Alexander Peloquin, and influenced by his styles.  Also completed a smaller compilation called Acclamations for Advent, based on the Mode IV chant Conditor Alme Siderum
1999 - First experience with playing the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Providence, Rhode Island.  While there, wrote my own Christus Vincit (Fall 1999) and Missa Christus Vincit (Spring 2000).
2005 - Started blog: Christus Vincit, and podcast: Christus Vincit Podcasting
2006 - Christus Vincit Podcasting later became Christus Vincit ANYWHERE!
2008 - Became a contributing composer to the Chabanel Psalm Project.
2010 - Christus Vincit ANYWHERE! resurfaces as iSNARK!  First Mass setting of the forthcoming new translation composed, Holy Angels Mass, melodically based on Missa de Angelis and the Mortem Tuam Annuntiamus, Domine from Jubilate Deo, rhythmically influenced by Mass for Christian Unity by Jan Vermulst.
2011 - Accepted appointment as organist at Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick, RI, where I happily remain!
2018 - Most recent incarnation of Psalm 151 completed!
2020 - Still diligently expanding Psalm 151 into the Christus Vincit Gradual.  Stay tuned for updates!