On behalf of The Director of Music Search Committee and First Presbyterian Session,
please welcome Dr. Ivanka Driankova as our new Director of Music.
Ivanka has 25 years experience in church music – in Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Catholic and Unitarian faith communities. She had been involved in church music in Bulgaria, Arkansas and New York.
Born in Bulgaria, Ivanka moved to The United States to attend the University of Central Arkansas where she earned a BM Piano Performance, summa cum laude. Ivanka ultimately moved to New York to attend the Eastman School of Music, where she obtained an MM Piano Performace, A Masters Degree in Theory Pedagogy, and a DMA Piano Performance and Literature.
We invite you to meet Ivanka on Sunday, July 10, her first Sunday playing for our services. Plan to attend our fellowship hour (hosted by our Worship and Music Committee) following our 10 am service.
Music is a powerful way of expressing our faith. Hymns, responses, choral and organ music connect us with centuries of faith tradition and carry us through our joys and sorrows, as individuals and as a community. Music from many sources, both sacred and secular, lifts hearts, touches souls, connects people to one another and provides solace in personal meditation.
Our music draws on the resources of congregation, choirs, organs, and instruments including piano, handbells, recorders, Orff percussion, and other instruments. Guest musicians frequently join us for special times such as All Saints Day, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. We invite all ages, and of all abilities, to participate in our music-making, to share talents and the joy of music. As the number of young people in our church is increasing, so are the opportunities for them to share their music.
We encourage musical development at any stage of life. This could include older adults learning to play the recorder, young people playing instrumental solos in a worship service, or the family choir learning a song that they will sing in church later that morning. The church makes available a scholarship of $1000 for an outstanding high school student who has been accepted to study music in college. See below for the more recent application instructions and download.
Through our music, we invite people to be engaged as a community tuning in with the Divine. We also offer concerts and informal times throughout the year for music to speak in many different ways. Please join us in our musical journeys.