Mr. Henry Di Cristofano
My name is Henry Di Cristofano (aka "Mr. D").
I was born and raised in Chicago, although both sets of my grandparents came from Italy in the early 1900's. I attended Bright Elementary School and went to St. Kevin's, my home parish, for Catechism classes. After grammar school graduation I attended St. Francis de Sales High School, then went on to the University of Illinois where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree. I worked as a Copywriter for the Montgomery Ward catalog, but I decided that what I really wanted to be was a full-time Church musician, so I quit my job and went back to school at the American Conservatory of Music. There I earned a Bachelor's degree in Organ and Church music. After four years as Organist of St. Germaine's in Oak Lawn, I worked for ten years as Music Director at St. Kevin's. While at St. Kevin's I attended Northwester University in Evanston where I received a Master's degree in Organ and Church music. I have been working at Immaculate Conception for twenty years as the Parish Musician. When Immaculate Conception School re-opened in 1999, I became the school Music teacher. I always tell everyone that at Immaculate Conception I have one foot in the church and one foot in the school!
In teaching Music, my priority is to prepare the students for musical and liturgical participation in the Mass. In addition, we study some rudiments of music: how to read rhythms and music notation using the Solfege system; a little bit of Music history, and some fun songs, especially for the lower grades, as time allows.
I really enjoy working with the faculty and students here, and I pray that God, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Patroness, and the Servant of God Jose Antonio Plancarte, will bless and prosper Immaculate Conception Church and School for years to come.