Happy new year! November and December seemed like a blur, thanks in a large part to several amazing opportunities I had to perform in New York City. Pat Gardner, my amazing teacher at Rutgers, is also the director of Riverside Choral Society. He graciously invites his doctoral students to perform with this talented ensemble, and so within the span of a month I got to sing at not one but two of the fabulous venues at Lincoln Center: The David H. Koch Theater (for a performance of Handel’s L’Allegro, Il Penseroso, ed il Moderato with Mark Morris Dance Group) and Alice Tully Hall (for a performance of Messiah with Riverside).
In other exciting news, I’m especially thrilled and honored to have begun a new and exciting job as director of music for Grace Church Van Vorst, an Episcopal church in the heart of downtown Jersey City. This dynamic and progressive church ministers to an incredibly diverse and vibrant congregation, ranging from artists, lawyers, and students to homeless and underprivileged community members. I started my work on the second Sunday of a seven-week Advent season, so I literally hit the ground running and didn’t stop until Christmas! I am absolutely overjoyed to work with the talented and enthusiastic priest, worship committee, and musical staff at this church, and I am excited by the energy and creativity shared by everyone here.
I will soon post recordings from several concerts in the fall, including a fabulous performance by the Rutgers University Choir. In the meantime, have a happy and healthy new year – welcome to 2014!