Zack Stachowski

I have known Zack for many years, ever since he was a young prodigy violinist in the greater Detroit, Michigan area, where he began playing as part of the music ministry at St. Blaise parish in Sterling Heights.  Holding degrees in violin performance from Butler University in Indiana and the University of Maryland, Zack has chosen to dedicate and engage his talents in the vocation of liturgical music, not only as a violinist – but as a cantor, guitarist, parish music director and in recent years, as a liturgical composer.  Presently he serves as Director of Music at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville, Maryland, and now has several titles published with GIA Publications that cover a wide variety of styles and genres.  A former participant and in recent years, an important member of the team and faculty of Music Ministry Alive, Zack and I collaborated together on a recorded collection of music entitled God Never Tires (GIA).  But his ministry in pastoral music does not end there – together with his friend Matt Reichert, he is the co-host of an already popular podcast series, Open Your Hymnal (; and the two of them have embarked on a new effort toward the formation of young liturgical musicians, the One Call Institute ( with their mutual friend, Jes Garceau.  Suffice it to say, it gives me great hope to know that there are people like Zack who have taken up the call to serve – and his music, his dedication to mentoring young people, and his love of God – makes for an already growing corpus of work that is already serving the sung prayer for Christians of all traditions.  And he has only just begun.  DH

All of the titles below include recordings (CD or as MP3’s),as well as printed music editions, either in a collection and also as individual editions, from GIA Publications (

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Zack Stachowski Song Videos

Song Video: Panis Angelicus by Zack Stachowski