Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in the heart of Plainfield continues its rich musical tradition with the hiring of Cameron J.S. Kuzepski as its musical director.

Kuzepski is an 18-year-old wunderkind who attends the Juilliard School on Saturdays. He is a rising senior in high school in his native Delaware where he attends the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington.

Kuzepski will perform in a welcome concert at Crescent at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. A reception will follow. The concert will give the community an opportunity to hear his musical talents and meet him in person. The concert is free (there will be a free will offering that supports the music program here at CAPC). Everyone is welcome.

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 “I don’t like to be called a prodigy. I work very hard at it,” Kuzepski said while discussing his musical studies, which began when he was 7 years old.

He said he started playing the piano as a toddler – at 3 years old – when he attended a preschool in a Presbyterian church in Wilmington where the music director allowed him to play the organ.

“I fell in love with it and have been playing ever since,” he said.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Pastor Lynn Santulli said, “We are very excited to see what God has in store for us here as we launch a whole new program of music that builds on our traditions and opens us to fresh voices and new ways of bringing incredible music to our church and our community."

In addition to the piano and organ, Kuzepski is also accomplished at playing the cello and harpsichord.

Kuzepski said classical music is his favorite genre, although he has “a strong connection with spirituals.”

Kuzepski will serve as organist at Crescent as well as director of the choir. He begins his musical leadership on Sunday, Sept. 8.

“There is a great music program here (at Crescent.) I am interested in the choir not only singing the notes on the page. I am more interested in making music and shaping it.”

Prior to coming to Crescent, Kuzepski was the organist and choirmaster at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington and also at St. James Episcopal Church in Newport, Delaware.

The tradition of offering quality music during worship and to the community in concert runs deep.  It is one of many ways the congregation reaches out to the community.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church members and local volunteers actively serve the Plainfield  community through its weekly Soup Kitchen funded in large part by the Tim Keyes Consort and donations by Costco, the Unitarian Society of Friends, and others seeking to make a true difference in the lives of those in need. This Tuesday meal supplies food for more than 100 attendees each week. Lunch is served at noon. In addition, lunch bags are distributed on weekdays at 10 am when a hot lunch is not served.

In addition, CAPC supports the StarFish food program in Plainfield, and regularly collects and distributes clothing and some housing items to families in need in the community.

The building is regularly home to a number of outreach and support groups (NA, AA, ESL and a family support group) that offer support.

Representatives of organizations seeking space for charity work may contact the facilities director or church administrator for additional information.  (908-756-2468 or capc716@gmail.com)