Dr. Virginia Palmer-Fuechsel
Organist at the 10 AM
The easiest way to describe how I hope to serve your congregation is by the name which a former German Christian theater director still calls me, “his Levite” (1 Chron 15:16). By this, he means someone who leads praise, worship, enhances biblical truths and communicates with passion through the gift of music. I see this calling more as the intuitive way I tend to see and hear the world around me, process, and share my faith. My professional strengths are as a singer, pianist, and composer. But I have also studied and performed as an organist and humble, but serviceable guitarist.
I can hardly remember a time when I was not involved in church music, whether in the choir, as a soloist, or as accompanist. While finishing my doctorate, working as a professional singer and musicologist, and raising our family in Berlin, Germany, I contributed my skills and passion to serving an Evangelische church (substitute organist), an elderly Free Evangelical (church rebuilding and worship music), and a small, but pathbreaking Christian theater company (singer/actress/composer). After moving back to the States, I spent two years as director of music for a Methodist church. Another family move to Virginia followed in 2001, where, alongside teaching full-time in The New School of Northern Virginia, I volunteered for longer periods with Bethel UMC (youth music), Grace Episcopal in Casanova (original worship compositions and pinch-hitting as needed), and Warrenton Baptist (praise band keyboardist and singer). I am happiest when, in addition to enhancing worship with beloved traditional hymns and liturgical music, some leeway is given for new songs and occasional compositions inspired by sermons and poetic Biblical texts, particularly the Psalms.
I am looking forward to serving, getting to know you, and growing as a Christian in your congregation.