MS. DEB DEGORICIA
TEACHER: MUSIC & TECHNOLOGY
Hello! I have been the Music Director/organist at St. John the Baptist Church
since 2011. My duties include preparing the music for all masses, directing the adult
choir, cantors, servers, Eucharistic ministers, and children’s choir. Within a few months,
I was hired to teach classroom music, instrumental music, choir, computers, and
religion. In 2021 I took on the role of PSR director. My life is here!
I was born and raised in Johnston City, started playing piano at 10 years old,
began playing the clarinet a short time later. Attended all the music festivals from 6 th
grade on through high school, including the annual band festivals at Murray State
University in Murray, Kentucky. I loved it so much and learned so much there that I
enrolled there as a Freshman in the fall of 1981 as music education major. I cherish
both the education and the friendships from that time of my life.
I have worked in the retail music business, medical claims, photography, sales,
as full-time jobs and all the while had part time jobs doing music.
I feel that God gave me the talent so I must pass it on to the next generations.
Music and extra-curricular activities bring variety to education. If a student is being
bullied unmercifully, music can become their ‘out’. That’s my experience anyway. God
and music saved me as a teenager.
I just want to pass it on!
Come and join us at St. John’s!