We have been blessed with the contribution of
more than 130 donors over time and many volunteers
who join us and make it possible to help others
glorify The Lord at Mass
and spread beauty to lift hearts!

 

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Agnes Bayer, director: CPNP from Yale University, a Pediatric Urology Nurse at Scott & White Hospital and prior to that at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Agnes is a convert to Catholicism from German Lutheranism. She is a volunteer singer and the happy mother of three: a Cistercian priest, a doctor and an architect; also a loving mother-in-law and grandmother. She enjoys spending time with her large extended family, as well as swimming and gardening. Agnes is also a Fertility Care Practitioner and a marriage prep teacher.

Father Gustavo A. Falla, director: B.A. Philosophy Seminario Juan Pablo II, Colombia.  St.  John Fisher Seminary Residence, Stamford, CT.  Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Ordained by Bishop Edward Egan on May 25, 1996 at St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport, CT.  He has served at St. Charles Borromeo,  as chaplain of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, as columnist for Fairfield County Catholic, administrator St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, vicar of Hispanics,  pastor of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Montserrat Parish, and St. Mary’s Church in Stamford, CT.  He is now director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Bridgeport. He has served English-speaking, Slovak and Spanish-speaking communities and is devoted to the spiritual formation for people of all ages and backgrounds.  Fr. Falla is convinced that sacred music is the most important gift we can offer to add reverence to the liturgy in honor of Our Eucharistic Lord.

David Moran, advisor: J.D. (Law) from University of Virginia, A.B. Classics Cum Laude Harvard University. He led the Dow Jones Indexes/Ventures from 1997 to 2008. David is Director of the Monastic Renewal Program Office at Plymouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. He gives generously to youth as Latin teacher at Wooster School, Danbury and is a fine volunteer singer of polyphony and chant.  He likes golf and being with his lovely wife and family.

David Hayes, advisor: PostDoc in Biophysics from Boston Biomedical Research Institute, PhD University of New Hampshire. He is a biophysical protein chemist, Principal Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim. He is in the science of producing safe and effective biotherapeutic molecules by advancing the understanding of the hydrodynamic, thermodynamic, and structural qualities of proteins. David was Tutor and Academic Dean at Magdalen College, teaching a Catholic classical education. He enjoys reading Socrates, Plato, and many other classics, as well as computer games. His lovely wife and three teenaged children are fond of polyphony and chant, science, prayerful devotion, Irish step dance and Minecraft.

Jane Hubbard, advisor: Ph.D., Genetics and Development, Columbia University, is Professor of Cell Biology and Pathology at the NYU School of Medicine. Jane runs a lab with research in developmental genetics and stem cell biology, among other themes. She has sung polyphony and chant for more than 20 years as a volunteer and professional. Her husband is also a professor, who works in structural biology and molecular pharmacology. He is an avocational singer and a cycling  enthusiast.

Alyssa Stachowiak, advisor: MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. Alyssa began studying choral singing at the tender age of five and has sung both as a volunteer and professional since that time. She currently sings with the Early Music Singers at Case Western Reserve University and with a variety of ad hoc ensembles alongside her husband, Matthew, who is an enthusiastic new singer. Alyssa also enjoys jogging, spending time with her two small children, and decorating and renovating her one hundred year old home. 

Peter Kwasniewski, advisor: serves as a professor and choirmaster at Wyoming Catholic College, a scholar of The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine, and a fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies. He has published four books, including a volume of his own sacred choral works, and over 500 articles on a wide variety of subjects, especially Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church.

Christopher Mueller, president: B.Mus. Classical Piano, Jazz Theory/Composition from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music; Masters studies from the Institute of Religious Studies, St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie. He estimates that his choirs have sung around 1,300 different Renaissance motets at Mass over the years; he has also composed more than 200 choral works for the Mass. He was organist & choirmaster at the Basilica of St. John the Evaneglist in Stamford, CT; prior to that, he was Director of Music at the Church of Notre Dame and for the Columbia University Catholic Ministry, in New York, NY. He has worked with volunteer, professional, and children's choirs, with an emphasis on polyphony and chant. He was also Coordinator of Marriage Preparation Programs for the Archdiocese of New York for seven and a-half years, teaching pre-Cana classes as a public speaker to thousands of engaged couples. He likes the novels of Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton and blogs at Corpus Christi Watershed. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children. 

Constanza Mueller, vicepresident & treasurer: Ph.D. studies Economic Anthropology Teachers College Columbia University, Masters Sociocultural Anthropology Columbia University, Linguistics Newfield, Education University of Barcelona, B.S. Music University of Oregon, Engineering ITESM.  Constanza worked in the non-profit sector for several years, was also Media and Publications Director of the National Council for Educational Development, Mexico and Academic Extension Director at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. She is a convert from scientific agnosticism, devoted to the Rosary and prays 4 to many more times daily, some with her husband and children.  Constanza sang lieder and orchestral song professionally for 12 years. She is now a devoted wife and mother, who teaches the Socratic method, Rhetoric, Logic, and other such matters in small groups.  She has been a public speaker teaching marriage preparation courses to more than 6,000 people with her husband, Christopher Mueller and is a shy person turned gregarious by love of neighbor.

 

Our Staff

Sarah Rodeo, fundraising, radio and social media: student at Yale Divinity School, pursuing a Master’s in Religion & the Arts (Music track) and a Certificate from Yale's Institute of Sacred Music. Currently serves on the ISM Student Council. Has served and continues to serve as organist, choir director, cantor and chorister in numerous churches and monasteries both on and off campus. Completed a B.A. in Music at Vassar College, where she studied organ, piano and voice. Worked at Vassar as a Music Department Choir Librarian, Ford Scholar and Research Assistant and Religion Department Research Assistant. Served as President of Vassar’s Choir Council and Faculty Liaison of the Music Majors Committee. Sang in the mixed Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus, & select Madrigal Singers. Received grants from Vassar’s Academic Enrichment Fund and June Ross Marks ‘49 Travel Fund, received twice the Music Department’s Kate Chittenden Memorial Scholarship (all of which funded extra music study). Also received the History Department’s John B. Schwartz Traveling Fellowship (which funded her to study Byzantine art and architecture in Greece) and a Senior College Life Recognition Award (for her contributions to on-campus religious life). Served as Assistant to the Board of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and taught keyboard to numerous young children.

Rosemary Williams, fundraising, radio and social media: scholar and musician whose interests are the intersections between liturgy and music within the Anglican tradition. Currently studying at Yale Divinity School in collaboration with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music for a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Liturgical Studies. In her undergraduate studies at James Madison University, Rosemary completed a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and a B.M. in Clarinet Performance, both summa cum laude. She holds professional memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Theta Alpha Kappa, and Phi Sigma Tau; and has studied clarinet under the tutelage of Dr. Janice Minor, Dr. Anastasia Christofakis, and Dr. Sarunas Jankauskas.