JOACHIM PARRELLA MEMORIAL ORGAN FUND
Joachim (Jo) Parrella passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Jo was the Logistics Coordinator for our Sacred Music in a Sacred Space and Christmas concerts from 1995-2013, and was the husband of Nancianne Parrella, Associate Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Possessing the skills of an aircraft engineer with the heart and soul of a musician, it was Jo who crafted detailed schematics and precise timelines for each concert. The concertgoing community of St. Ignatius was the beneficiary of his logistical knowledge and experience, which was honed while working with Robert Shaw at Shaw’s Choral Workshops at Westminster Choir College, and with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in later years.
Jo worked closely with Sacristan Julio Aguilar and facilities members Jose Garcia, Naldo Santos and Edgar Camay, and enjoyed a great relationship with them. Jo was well-known as the behind-the-scenes “go-to guy” during SMSS performances. Musicians remember his warm and welcoming manner, and how he treated them both as professionals and as members of the St. Ignatius family.
We will miss Jo’s wonderful and vibrant spirit and extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to Nancianne and daughters Lisa and Amy.
Donations to the Joachim Parrella Memorial Organ Fund will be used for the tuning, maintenance and improvements to the N.P. Mander Organ at St. Ignatius Loyola.
We are deeply grateful for your generosity.