Theodore Cheng is named the Peter B. Knock Intern in Sacred Music at Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, New York, for the 2021–2022 year. He will work with Jason Charneski, the church’s director of music and organist, and Lisa Rawson, the church’s director of choirs for children and youth, to gain practical experience in aspects of music selection, rehearsal, and conducting, along with service playing. He is a student in the master’s program at the Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, Connecticut.
Cheng is a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he majored in organ performance and music composition. His principal teachers there were Anne Lam and Victor Chan. In addition to his native Hong Kong, Cheng has performed in Canada, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. His duties at Yale, where he studies organ with Craig Cramer and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart, include serving as co-organist for Berkeley Divinity School.
The Peter B. Knock Intern in Sacred Music at Rye Presbyterian Church is an outgrowth of the Peter B. Knock Scholarship, an award that was given from 1991 to 2016 to organists who look to work in the fields of sacred music.
For information: ryepc.com.
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