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Dr. Victoria Sirota will perform in an evening program of music for organ, brass and choir and will lead two workshops based on her new book,
Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of the Sacred Musician.

Victoria Sirota Victoria Ressmeyer Sirota holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.), Boston University (M.Mus., D.M.A.), and Harvard Divinity School (M.Div.), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Her organ professors include Garth Peacock, George Faxon, André Marchal (Paris) and Gustav Leonhardt (Amsterdam). A former member of the organ faculty at Boston University, Dr. Sirota has performed concerts and recitals in the United States and Europe, including at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Oberlin, Peabody and Boston University. She is recorded on Northeastern and Gasparo Records, and has been heard on national radio broadcasts here (including Pipedreams) and in Germany.

The Rev. Dr. Sirota is currently an assistant minister and consultant to the liturgical ministry of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. Previous positions include Vicar of Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore, and faculty member at Yale Divinity School, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. A member of the Executive Board of the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Professional Concerns Committee for the Association of Anglican Musicians, she is also former National Chaplain of the AGO, and served as Coordinator of the 1990 Boston National AGO Convention and Consultant to the 1996 New York National AGO Convention.

Awards include the Bishop’s Award for Outstanding Ordained Ministry, the Ecumenical Service Award from the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer Award at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology. Dr. Sirota has published articles and reviews and has preached, lectured or performed at numerous conferences and conventions, including AGO, AAM, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She was most recently heard in Lincoln in 2002 as the soloist for husband Robert Sirota’s organ concerto In the Fullness of Time performed with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Edward Polochick. Her book Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician, is available from Church Publishing (2006).
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