August 22, 2018
From: The Rev. Mark K. J. Robinson
RE: Saint Ann’s Parish Appoints Hector B. Migliacci as Organist & Choirmaster
It is with great pleasure that I announce, on behalf of the Music Search Committee (Mary Matthews, Alden Rockwell Murphy, Beverly Costello, Sam Quigley, David W. Dangremond, and The Rector, The Rev Mark K J Robinson) that Hector Babcock Migliacci, an Old Lyme and New York, NY, resident, will serve as Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ann’s starting in September.
Hector is a native of Cornwall, CT, and began his service in church music as a fourth grader, playing piano at the Sunday evening church services of his childhood church in Litchfield, CT. While in high school, he became the organist at the Lakeville United Methodist Church and studied piano and organ with Annette Hunt at the Hotchkiss School.
At the Virginia Military Institute, where Hector earned a B.S. in Biology, he was the Cadet Chapel Organist and Glee Club accompanist. He continued studying organ and piano with Timothy Gaylord at Washington & Lee University, and with Marjorie Mitchell in Charlottesville, VA. From 1998 to 2010, Hector was the Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church in Greenwich, CT, where he worked to develop the music ministry, growing the adult choir and adding cherub, chorister and teen choirs to the program. From 2010 to 2013, he was the organist at St. Benedict Church in Bronx, NY; and for the past five years, he has been the organist at Church of the Resurrection in Rye, NY. He is an active resident member of the St. Wilfrid Club for Organists in Manhattan, and a member of the NYC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Hector is a Senior Agency Producer at Avrett Free Ginsberg, one of Interpublic Group’s advertising agencies in New York City. He resides Monday thru Thursday in New York City and is back in Old Lyme with his two young children, Liliana and Noah Migliacci, for the weekends.
After an extensive search, and numerous interviews, the committee concluded that Hector would be the best person to serve at Saint Ann's at this time in its history. The remarkable Search Committee--under the able and wise leadership of Mary Matthews, the scheduling clarity of Bev Costello (just following her hip surgery), the counsel of musician David Dangremond, the ear and voice of Alden Rockwell Murphy, and the international ethnomusicologist mind of Sam Quigley--had a wonderful time in the search process, allowing for a great beginning, middle, and end of the process over these last ten weeks.
Hector will join Saint Ann’s in September and will be in touch with all of us as we begin our recruitment of new singers, schedule our choir rehearsals, re-engage our section leaders, and prepare for this year ahead.
Greetings in Christ,
The Word of God reverberates with the importance of lifting our praises to God, and the Psalms are well noted for giving us many references to the priority of Worship and Praise as we read in Psalm 150:3-6,
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet:
praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance:
praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals:
praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord.
I believe musical worship should be as much a part of the Christian's life as breath is to us as human beings. We find our fulfillment and joy in worshipping the Lord, and great blessings are bestowed upon a people that will together lift Him up and glorify Him.
I am grateful for all the ways God has led me in the areas of Music, and particularly in the way He has led me to Saint Ann's in Old Lyme. As we continue in the great traditions of Anglican and classical music, while also introducing some less traditional musical offerings, I know that there are greater heights to climb, and new horizons to explore, all with the goal of bringing us into God's loving presence.
With these goals in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for selecting me as your new Organist and Choir Director. I am excited to welcome returning choir members, as well as those interested in joining the choir, to lead us in song in our service throughout the Liturgical year. Additionally, my experience and enjoyment in working with youth and children's choirs will guide me in developing programs for our next generation of musicians, as we seek to include our young parishioners and include others from organizations within our community.
I am grateful to the Music Search Committee for their tireless work, and to my new family at Saint Ann's for their prayers and encouragement. With your support I pray that I will be a wonderful blessing to Saint Ann's, and an instrument of Musical service to God, our Parish, and our community.
Hector Babcock Migliacci