John Romagna

John Romagna, Rehearsal Accompanist for VOICES XXI, fell in love with the organ while singing in the Children's Choir at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Md. He was nurtured in his musical interest by his parents, both of whom were accomplished pianists, and by Dorothy Quenzel, Marvin's organist; he served for several years as the rehearsal accompanist for several of Marvin's choirs. He began serious organ study with Lewis Atwater, a student of French organist/composers Louis Vierne (Notre-Dame) and Marcel Dupré (St.-Sulpice) at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC, and also studied with Alfred Neuman, Music Director of Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring, MD. He accepted the position of Organist at the Bethany Baptist Church, DC, in 1964 and eight years later became that church's Director of Music. He joined the staff of First Baptist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, as Organist in 1986. Mr. Romagna was employed by Citizens Savings Bank FSB in Silver Spring for almost 40 years, serving in various executive management positions in his years with the bank.

 

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