Meet Our New Director of Music

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United Reformed Church, the Church on Main Street, announces the appointment of Larissa Sokoloff as Director of Music.  She succeeds F. Paul Dickey, who served the church in this role for 18 years and has now retired. 

Larissa hails from Nutley, New Jersey. She has studied at Juilliard, Harvard, Manhattan School, the Peabody Conservatory, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest as a Fulbright Scholar, and received an Artist Diploma at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, rounding off her postgraduate studies at Indiana University School of Music. While classically trained on the piano, she has played the organ for 21 years at Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational, and Episcopal churches. Larissa also holds an MBA in finance from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Larissa loves music and her work within the church has been tremendously rewarding and spiritually satisfying. Although she is classically trained, she has been able to incorporate a variety of music styles in worship that highlight different aspects of a service. “We look forward to enjoying the considerable gifts that Larissa brings to our life together,” said Rev. Paul Janssen, pastor of United Reformed Church. “Her training and experience will enhance our worship as we not only continue a strong choral and congregational tradition but also work our way gently into a broader range of musical expression in worship.” Larissa’s work at URC began on May 19th and the congregation held a welcome reception for Larissa on Sunday, June 9th following worship.