We, in GVOC, are excited about the new season we will have with our new conductor, Christopher Petit. Chris recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. He earned his BA in Art History and his Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
In 2008 he took third prize in the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition, was a finalist in the 2009 Kotka International Organ Competition in Finland, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Westfield International Organ Competition and was the first recipient of Eastman’s Barnes Award for pipe organ performance. While at Eastman, he was part of the team responsible for the installation of two of Rochester’s most wonderful pipe organs: the Italian Baroque Organ in the Memorial Art Gallery and the Craighead-Saunders Organ at Christ Church.
In addition to being GVOC’s new conductor, Chris is also Director of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsford, the organist for the University of Rochester’s Protestant Chapel Community, a member of Christ Church Episcopal’s Schola Cantorum, and is director of workshops for People in Concert (www.peopleinconcert.com), a company that brings the benefits of the arts to businesses and organizations.
Presently, GVOC is in the midst of developing concert programs for the upcoming season and selecting dates and places. As soon as we have made final plans, we will post them on this website. Please check back in the next few weeks.
We are also looking for singers and instrumentalists to share this exciting inaugural season with Chris. Please call 585-223-9006 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition.
Mary Anne Guariglia, President
GVOC Board of Directors