Music Director

Tim Keyes (Music Director) is a graduate in Music Composition and Theory from The University of Notre Dame, studying with composers Paul Johnson, Ethan Haimo, and Calvin Bower. He also studied with Charles Jones, Leonard Bernstein, and Bright Sheng at the Aspen Music Festival. Tim Keyes, a New Jersey-based composer, songwriter, conductor, vocalist, producer, audio engineer, cinematographer, film editor, liturgist, and pastoral musician, is currently the Pastoral Assistant for Music and Liturgy at The Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, NJ.

An accomplished church musician, symphonic and choral director, he has composed sacred music oratorios: Resurrexi (1996), Nativitas (1999), Crucifixus (2000), Meditation on the Passion of Christ (2005), St. Patrick’s Breastplate (2006) and Requiem (2008), as well as a Psalter, In Psalmis Davidis (1997-2004). Among his many other compositions are a Violin Concerto ‘Colorado’ which received its premiere by the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra in 2004, a Horn Concerto ‘The Battle’ which received its premiere by the Hunterdon Symphony in 1997, a Clarinet Concerto ‘One Fine Summer Day In America’ premiered at the Concert of Remembrance in 2003, a Suite for Flute ‘Now Until Twilight’ featured on Keyes’ CD release, Now Until Twilight (2005) a cello concerto, 'Mighty Mississippi' (2007), a chamber work 'Small Town Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano' (2008) a piano concerto 'American Coastlines' (2008), a Symphony 'Symphony in C-The Earth Whispers: A Song of Native North American Peoples' (2010), an oboe concerto 'New England Tapestry' (2011), a setting of 'Te Deum' (2012), 2 feature films UNREPENTANT (2012) and PEEPERS (2013) and an oratorio The Lost Horse (2014).

Tim Keyes lectures at music industry seminars and consults churches, schools and symphony orchestras about their sound systems, acoustic environments, organs, and music programs. He often serves as guest conductor for New Jersey choruses and orchestras, and is in demand as a vocalist throughout the state, currently singing regularly with the Metuchen Diocese Chamber Choir.

Tim Keyes is considered the ‘Composer in Residence’ for the Metuchen Diocese. He recently served on the committee for the Synod Topical Commission on ‘Liturgy and Worship’ for the Diocese of Metuchen and is currently serving on the board for ‘Art and Environment’ with his wife Meg for the Worship Office at the Archdiocese of Newark. ....


Assistant Music Director
Eliza Rush (Assistant Music Director) is from London, Ontario and received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.

Mrs. Rush has served as director of music at Queenship of Mary in Plainsboro, NJ, the Head of Music Programing at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and is currently a professor of vocal music at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts (LVPA). Mrs. Rush has sung under the baton of many world class conductors and has performed with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony and the Royal Concergebauw Orchestra.

Mrs. Rush has served as the Assistant Choral Director of the Metuchen Diocesan Festival Choir, the Director of the Metuchen Diocesan Chamber Choir and is currently the Assistant Music Director of the Tim Keyes Consort.