who are we?
The Reverend Nigel Massey, Rector
Nigel has been the Rector of Saint Esprit since 1994. He was born in Staffordshire, England, and grew up on the island of Cyprus. After studying Egyptology and Hieroglyphics at Birmingham University, he read theology at Oxford University and was ordained to a parish in Birmingham. Before coming to Saint Esprit, he worked for the Church of England's Board of Mission and Unity, researching relations between Christians and Muslims in France, and advised the Bishop of London on interfaith relations. He also serves as Chaplain of the Huguenot Society of America, and as a spiritual director at the General Theological Seminary.
Frédéric, Parish Administrator, Rector's Assistant
Frédéric was born and raised in Paris, France. He graduated in applied Foreign Languages from Nanterre University (Paris X) while completing his last year at San Jose State University, Frédéric is also a singer and a musician.
Cynthia, Music Director
Cynthia has been Saint Esprit's music director for twenty years. She began her formal music studies at the University of the Philippines, then came to the U.S. at the invitation of the Opera Company of Boston. She attended the Juilliard School of Music, where studied with the Metropolitan Opera’s Rose Bampton, and received a master's from the Manhattan School of Music. She conducts choirs and teaches voice at the Calhoun School and is an active performer, with groups including the American Chamber Opera Company and at the Hamptons Summer Music Festival and Bar Harbor Music Festival.
Praised for her “graceful” (The New York Times) performances, Aya Hamada has been St. Esprit's organist since 2007, and has given numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in the major venues in the North and South Americas, Europe and Asia. She has performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Promusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Sinfonietta Cracovia (Poland), Juilliard 415, Juilliard Symphony, and also appeared under conductors such as William Christie, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki
A native of Kobe, Japan, Ms. Hamada made her debut with the Kobe Chamber Orchestra at the age of seventeen. She has won many awards, including first prize in the London Music Festival Competition and second prize in the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition, and earned her master of music degree in the inaugural class of Historical Performance from the Juilliard School. She studied under Kenneth Weiss in New York and Skip Sempé in Paris. She can be heard on the Naxos, BCMF Records and Live Notes/ Nami Records.
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