Background

Hello Oaklands,

I am very excited to be joining this community as the Music Ministry Leader.  I have been involved in church music since I learned to play the piano as a child.  Over the years, I've been fortunate to experience and play all different genres of music - from traditional hymns to praise and worship to gospel and a lot of styles in between.  I am also an active cabaret artist and musical theatre performer.  The music from that part of my life also informs my choices in music.  I love to incorporate all of those styles in the worshipping life of the congregation.  I believe sacred music exists in many places beyond our hymnals.

I live in Glenarden, MD with my husband Jason. We've been together for over 13 years. We are the proud parents of two canine children - a French bulldog named Phoebe and a pug named Bruce.   During the day I work as a web developer for a government contractor.  However, my passion is in making music and that is where I find my deepest fulfillment.  Music, for me, is transcendent.  I sing when I have no words - sometimes that is from overwhelming joy and sometimes that is from a broken heart.  Music seems to cover it all.

I'm looking forward to journeying and growing together and to getting to know you in the days ahead. Let's make some music together and lift our voices in song!  This world is in need of our "joyful noise".  

Best blessings to you,

Justin