Staff

Rev.

Claire Hojung Wu, Pastor

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Rev. Claire Hojung Wu

Claire Hojung Wu was born in Seoul, South-Korea and immigrated to the United State of America. Claire earned her B.A in Accounting and Information System at Queens College, City University of New York, and a Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School. Her call to the ordained ministry came while she was helping to plant small group ministries. She devoted herself to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ and was involved with spiritual disciplines, discipleship, evangelism, small group fellowship and church planting ministries in the church. God provided her with the special gift of building and designing websites and she has been assisting churches to be more relevant to today's culture utilizing IT skills. She also served as a Chaplain resident at North Shore University Hospital, providing pastoral care to people who are in distress and in need of a compassionate touch.

Rev. Claire is married to Philip, and they have two children, Bryan and Kristy.

Claire is a woman of faith and lives with the assurance of Romans 8:35-39.




Music Director

Dr. Wonsun Clara Bae

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Dr. Wonsun Clara Bae is a world-class soloist and collaborative pianist with an extensive career performing in solo concerts and collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, orchestras, ensembles, and dance performers. She coaches vocal, opera, Broadway musical theater, and instrumental students, and she plays for masterclasses, competitions, and juries in colleges, conservatories, and music festivals. Additionally, Dr. Bae’s tri-lingual proficiency includes English, German, and Korean.

Her recital appearances include performances at Wiener Konzerthaus, Graz Stefaniensaal, Seoul Sejong Arts Center, KBS Concert Hall, Tokyo Shinjuku Concert Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the InterHarmony International Music Festival, and the Soesterberg International Music Festival. Dr. Bae has also premiered works by Andreas Weixler, Jose Luis Greco, Gregg Rosetti, Becky Turro, Michael Zavorskas, and Colin Williams.

Her teaching background includes both private and secondary piano, chamber music, music history and theory, sight-singing, ear training, chorus, musical, and general musicianship studies. She demonstrates strong personal charisma and can quickly develop a rapport with students and help them advance their technical abilities, musicality, and the nuances of working in a collaborative environment.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University with completed coursework in the History of Musical Style, Pro-Seminar of Performance Practice before 18th-Century Music, Opera Workshop, Special Topics of Music Theory, Vocal and Instrumental Literature, Introduction of Musical Research, Tonality since 1900, Independent Study in Instrumental and Vocal accompaniment, Chamber Music, Choral Conducting, and Performance Study DMA.

Her dissertation, “Franz Liszt's Weimar Lieder Revisions” was completed in 2022 under the supervision of Dr. George B. Stauffer.

Influential teachers include the legendary pianists John Perry, Warren Jones, Daniel Epstein, Alexander Satz, Chung Lee, and Nak-ho Baik, and her complete masterclasses include those taught by John Browning and Karl- Heinz Kämmering.

 




Administration

Linda Rugolo

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