BATASTINI, Robert J.. b. 1 January 1942. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Batastini received his training in instrumental music education and church music at DePaul University in Chicago. He held his first position as a church musician while still in high school, and in 1965 became music director at St Barbara Roman Catholic Church in Brookfield, Illinois, where for over twenty years he led an exemplary music program until his retirement in 1987. He returned to parish ministry from 1991-1998 as director of music at St Joseph Church in Downers Grove, Illinois.
In 1967, he became editor at GIA Publications, Inc., in Chicago, retiring as Vice President and Senior Editor in 2002. From...
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