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Rev. Scott A. Ressman, Pastor
Pastor Scott began his pastorate with us in August 2014. Prior to coming to Long Island, he served for eight years as the Minister for Worship, Music, and Liturgical Arts at the national setting of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the editor of Sing! Prayer and Praise the praise and worship song book of the UCC. He was also the producer of The New Century Hymnal on CD a 16-CD set of live organ recordings of all 617 hymns in the denominational hymnal. His previous pastorate was at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Andover, Ohio.
Victor V. Bobetsky, Director of Music
Victor V. Bobetsky, is Professor of Music, Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music at Hunter College, and Associate Professor in the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center’s Program in Urban Education. A former music teacher in the New York City Schools, Victor also worked as a school district music and art education administrator and supervisor for over twelve years in Columbus, Ohio, West Hartford, Connecticut, and East Meadow, New York before coming to Hunter College. His areas of specialization and interest include supervision of student teachers, curriculum development and arranging music of diverse cultures for school age voices. Victor is the author of two books: The Magic of Middle School Musicals: Inspire Your Students to Learn, Grow and Succeed and We Shall Overcome: Essays on a Great American Song (both published by Rowman and Littlefield). His choral arrangements are published by six different publishing houses and his articles have been published in several prestigious peer-refereed journals. He has presented numerous workshops for a variety of professional organizations and has appeared as guest conductor and clinician for All-County elementary and middle school choruses in New York City and in Putnam County (NY). Victor received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Miami (Florida) School of Music in 1983 and has performed as a soloist at Town Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Norton Gallery of Art (West Palm Beach, Florida), the Ohio State University's Weigel Hall, the Columbus (Ohio) Cultural Arts Center, and on WNYC and WQXR FM. Victor now teaches piano privately, with a specialty in helping music teachers acquire the piano skills they need to be successful in the classroom. Victor received his B.A in Music from Brooklyn College and his M.A. in music from Hunter College.