Koordynator inicjatyw muzycznych
tel. 0048 12 423 16 13 int. 239
Dawid Kusz is a Dominican friar. Born in 1979 in Rzeszów, Poland, he joined the Order of Preachers in 1998 and was ordained a priest in 2005.
He graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow, from the Department of the Creation and Interpretation of Music and of Music Education. His specialization was the conducting of vocal and vocal-instrumental ensembles as well as instruction in music and music theory. In 2014, he defended with honors his doctoral thesis at the Academy of Music in Krakow, in the discipline of conducting. In 2012, he began studying composition, at first with Professor Zbigniew Bujarski and currently with Professor Joseph Rychlik.
He lectures in musical theory at the Inter-university Institute for Church Music in Krakow.
North American Representative
mobile (718) 928-8157
Lukasz grew up in Przemysl, Poland. Since his early years he studied piano and organ performance. As a member of an early music ensemble he came across pieces by the Krakow Dominicans and this encounter revolutionized his view of liturgical music. Attracted by the way the Dominicans pray and sing, Lukasz entered religious life in 2000.
In the Order he served as cantor and conductor, he also participated in several recording sessions with the DLC, Gregorian chant seminars, festivals of early music, etc.. In 2007 he graduated from the Pontifical John Paul II University in Krakow with a degree in patristic theology. After two years of ministry in Jaroslaw, Poland, Lukasz was sent to join the Dominican campus ministry team at Columbia University in the City of New York. Ever since then his focus has been to form people through their conscious participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and the music developed in the Dominican environment in Poland lent itself exceptionally well to this purpose. In collaboration with Christopher Mueller he translated and arranged many of those compositions, introducing them into liturgical life of the ministry sites he has served: Columbia University in NYC, Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, AK, University of Washington Newman Center in Seattle, WA, and St. Catherine's Newman Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
During World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Lukasz served as the co-director of liturgy and music at the English-speaking site, the Mercy Center, leading music for 18,000 pilgrims at Tauron Arena. One of the fruits of this project was an invitation to direct music at the USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, FL, in July 2017.
Lukasz loves walking the Way of St. James in Spain, working with college students, and theological conversations involving good wine.