|Susan Ricci Rogel, Director of Music|
My husband of 27 years, John, and I live in the Highbridge Park section of Bowie. We have two daughters, Sara (22) and Amanda (16). We also have a chow-retriever mix dog named Cindy and two cats named Figaro and Carmen. We take the meaning of "fur-niture" very literally in our house!
I came to CCPC in June 2006 after having been director of music at Good Samaritan Lutheran in Greenbelt for 17 years. I grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where my mother is still a member.
What is your role at CCPC? I am the music director and organist/pianist for CCPC, which means that I coordinate the musical activities for the Celebration Choir and Clinquent Handbell Choir for weekly and special services. I also provide service music on the piano and organ. We have a wealth of gifted musicians at the church, and it is fantastic to be able to share their musical gifts with the congregation. I also love to get the youth involved in the musical forces at CCPC--and we welcome their talent. Our CCPC Youth Orchestra, directed by Kevin Clemence, is excellent.
What's the best part of your role? The best part of my role at CCPC is being able to work with SO MANY wonderful people who love music and love the Lord. The congregation is very appreciative and enjoys our varied musical "menus" for the services. Working with exemplary musicians like Kevin is also a blessing and an honor.
I have a serious affinity for chocolate (okay, addiction . . .) as well as a passion for movies (romantic comedies, dramas, and sci-f\i), and Jungian psychology background. I also like to bake, travel, and read--but I usually only get to do that during the summer. I am an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and teach piano and coach singers out of my home studio.