Creating sacred spaces where all are welcome through song, story, liturgy and collaborative art...

 

Education

Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York, NY May 2017
Master of Divinity Candidate / Focus: Theology and the Arts
University of Vienna, Austria Religious Studies, Fall 2016
Auburn Seminary Media Training, New York September 2015
The City University of New York, 2005 – 2008
Manya Lugova Stepanskaya Scholarship for Musical Studies
One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, New York, NY Ordained Interfaith Minister, 2004
Concentration: Interfaith Ritual & Development
Howard University, Washington, DC Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Journalism, 1996


Ritual, Liturgy & Ministry

Artist in Residence, Jazz Vespers at Saint Peter’s Church, New York, NY – 2016
       Creation of liturgy and song sermons for Lent 2016
       Invited to return May/June 2017

Chapel Minister, James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary, NYC – 2015, 2016
       Create and lead campus chapels
       Curate student-led worship
       Develop on-line identity and campus presence through social media

Alternative / Emergent Church Ministry, Not So Churchy, Brooklyn, NY – 2015, 2016
       Developed & led community prayer groups that incorporated the arts, music, and              liturgy
Salzburg International Church (Intern) Song & worship leader, Salzburg, Austria – 2013
Ritual Leader & Vocalist, Circle of Soul (COS), NYC – 2000 to present
       Create and lead participatory ceremonies, ritual and celebrations, and community              song circles


Select Events & Performances

Outstanding Preacher Series, Sermons, Union Theological Seminary, NYC – 2015
International Buddhist Christian Conference, Union Theological Seminary, NYC – 2013
Blurring the Lines, Faith Dialogue through the Arts (Curator), James Chapel, NY – 2013
Jazz at Minsk City Hall, Minsk, Belarus – 2013
Harlem Stage, New York, NY – 2013
Outreach Orchestra Festival, SZentrum Schwaz, Schwaz, AT – 2012 to the present
Feeling Good, Tribute to Nina Simone, Brucknerhaus, Linz, AT and Odessa, UA – 2011
Crescendo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York and Russia (various cities) – 2009, 2010
Listening to Roots & Voicing Branches, Apollo Sound Stage, Lincoln Center & Joe's Pub NYC – 2008 - 2011
The Blue Note, New York, NY – 2008
Kaliningrad Jazz Festival By the Sea, Kaliningrad, Russia – 2007
St. Petersburg State Philharmonic, St. Petersburg, Russia – 2007
True Fictions (Digital Performance Art), Filmed in NYC– 2007
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia – 2007, 2009, 2010
Peace Jam: MLK Weekend, Harold Washington Center, Chicago, IL – 2005
Clarice Smith Center, University of Maryland at College Park – 2004


Workshops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not So Churchy: Emergent Worship, Song leader, CT – 2016
Music that Makes Community, Song leader and Facilitator
          Slate Project, Diocese of Maryland and Cathedral of the Incarnation, MD – 2015
          Union Theological Seminary, NY, NY – 2015
          Saint Peter's Church, NY, NY – 2014

Rise Up Vocal Workshop & Choir, Director
          NYCMusikMarathon, Mattighofen, Austria – 2012 to the present
          One Spirit Interfaith, New York, NY – 2012
          Outreach Academy, Schwaz, Austria – 2011 to the present
          Sacred Center NY Gospel Choir, 2008
          Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 2008

Wade in the Water: African American Musical History of Gospel Music in America
          The Esoteric Quest Conference, Phoenicia, NY - 2009
          Dweck Auditorium at the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY - 2007 & 2009
          New York Open Center, New York, NY - 2007
          One Spirit Learning Alliance, New York, NY - 2006

Golden Gospel Singers Gospel Music Workshop
          Gospel Forum Stuttgart, Germany 2003
          Gospel Connection, Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna, Italy 2003


Song Leading

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Lydia’s Dinner Church, New York, NY – 2016
Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY 2013 to 2016
Not So Churchy, Brooklyn, NY – 2015 to 2016
Global Praise, United Methodist Church, New York, NY – 2015
Valparaiso University, (Association of Lutheran Church Musicians) Indiana – 2013
First Presbyterian Church, New York, NY – 2011
Jazz Vespers at St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY – 2008 to the present
Trinity Episcopal Church, Cliffside Park, NJ – 2008
CAMBA - Park Slope Women’s Shelter, Brooklyn, NY – 2007
St. Martin de Porres Transitional Residence (Sequoia Initiatives), Brooklyn, NY – 2006
Centers for Spiritual Living (NY, NJ, GA, CA) – 2006 to 2016


Grants & Awards

 

 

Hudnut Award (preaching), Union Theological Seminary
Hough Scholarship, (full tuition) Union Theological Seminary
Apollo Salon Series, Featured New Works (Listening to Roots & Voicing Branches)
Harlem Stage Fund for New Works (I Too Speak of a River Concert/Workshop)
Manya Lugova Stepanskaya Scholarship for Musical Studies
Brooklyn Library Jazz Performance Grant
Howard University National Merit Scholarship


References

Excellent references available upon request. Music, video and writing samples along with upcoming events at www.chandarule.com