We have wonderful news to share! We have a new choir director, Chaequan Anderson “Chae” (pronounced Shea, like the butter). On May 15th Chaequan directed our choir for the first time and showed us his mastery of both the piano and organ as we listened to the prelude, hymns, anthem and postlude. Many members had the opportunity to speak with Chae during coffee hour, but for those of you who would like to know more about Chae, here is a short synopsis:
Chae is currently the Associate Director, Conductor and Cantores (choir director) for the Princeton Girlchoir and the Founder and Executive Director of a professional vocal group called the Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble. It is Chae’s intention to continue these positions as he pursues his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Rutgers University which he expects to complete by 2024. Chae holds a BA in Music, Vocal Studies from Westminster Choir College. He is also the Director of the Middle School Choirs at Montclair Kimberly Academy, a position he will be leaving at the close of this semester to allow more time to pursue his master’s degree.
On a more personal note, Chae and his wife live in West Orange. Chae describes himself as an extroverted introvert which this author interprets as someone who is outgoing and friendly but inwardly thoughtful. He enjoys conversation with people of all ages and plans on attracting, teaching and engaging our youth (and adults) through playful and fun musical activities.
Most of my life I’ve been a resident in Essex County currently living in Caldwell, NJ and a 2006 graduate of Caldwell University.
After a 40+ year career as a Senior Account Manager in Group Insurance working for several major companies, I retired. Thence, I explored other opportunities where my skills would be a benefit to others. After a bout with Covid 19 in March of 2020, I began to do a job search. A true miracle; I came across a posting for First Presbyterian Church of Verona(FPCV) was hired and loving it!
This Church and all its about, the Pastor and the people of faith whom I’ve met here have made an impact on my life. I found a home and it’s not a job, it’s a Blessing!
I came to the First Presbyterian Church of Verona for the first time on June 24, 1963 and I have been here ever since! I moved to New Jersey from Quitman, Georgia when I was 11 months old and have lived in this area all my life. I have two children and two grandchildren.