I am very pleased to announce that Susanna Valleau has accepted our offer to serve as Music Director for St. Dunstan’s Church. Susanna is a recent graduate of the University of Washington Masters in Organ Performance program and has been serving as Music Director for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton since 2010.
I encourage you to visit Susanna’s web site, http://susannavalleau.com, where you can read about Susanna’s experience and education, see her upcoming recital schedule, and even listen to recordings of her performances.
We had several very strong candidates for this position. Susanna not only impressed us with her excellent organ and piano playing, she completely won over the choir and music committee as she taught us a portion of an anthem. The experience was fun, encouraging, and successful. Susanna has a reputation for passing along a love and passion for classical music to her students, and I believe that she will be able to build a wonderful music program that compliments the musical hopes and loves of our congregation.
Susanna will begin the week of June 1st, so her first Sunday with us will be June 7th. On June 14th at 3:00PM, Susanna is giving a recital at Greenlake Church of Seventh Day Adventists. I would like to put together a group of people from St. Dunstan’s Church to attend this recital, both as a way to get to know Susanna and as a way of welcoming her.
In the next month we will celebrate the contributions of Jonathan Hanneman and David Lepse. Their leadership of our music will conclude on Trinity Sunday, May 31st.
Yours in Christ,