Jim has participated in Music Ministry since the age of 12 and has been a Music Director since 1994 in the Diocese of Miami, Newark, Albany and New York. The ability to share his ministry with the people of St. Francis has been an amazing blessing. The incredible diversity in this parish community opens up many great opportunities to worship with multiple styles of music that enhance prayer and inspire the Liturgy. Jim is currently a Campus Minister at Xavier High School in NYC where he coordinates Liturgy and Spiritual Life. Also, he is the Music Director of the
Harmony Singers of Wayne, a community based 50 voice Chorus. Throughout his musical career, he has worked in the Music Performance, Production, Education, Administration and Composition fields. As an educator at the elementary, high school and college level, Jim has directed and conducted state and nationally recognized and award winning instrumental and choral ensembles. Jim has performed in and conducted choirs at the National Association for Music Educator’s conference and has lectured on “Choral Performance in the Church” and Music Curriculum at the American Choral Directors Association conference. He is also a member of the National Pastoral Musicians Association as well as the American Guild of Organists.
Mr. Stayton is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he holds a B.A. in Choral Conducting and an M.A. in Composition. While at FAU, Mr. Stayton was awarded the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Graduate Scholarship where he worked as the Associate Director of the Florida Atlantic University Women’s Chorus and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Jim’s compositions include classical choral music, contemporary Christian, congregational music and band and orchestra arrangements. His album
“Looking Up” was released in 2003 followed by his contributions to the compilation CD “
ProJect Life”. His music has been spotlighted on TV’s History Channel documentaries and his “Mass of Joyful Hope” is being performed nationally as well as in Canada and Germany.