Dot Brittain, who, yes is really Dorothy from Kansas (still looking for the ruby slippers), started playing piano at age 7 and then took up organ at age 12, after hearing Virgil Fox in concert.
She studied Music and Russian at Bucknell University and as the Student Assistant Organist there, had the opportunity to play for the Rooke Chapel Christmas Candlelight services, and to play the organ in some cathedrals in Switzerland, Austria, and England while on choir tour. She also participated in the Oundle International Organ Festival, where she played the organ by day and the piano in the local pub by night. (She is an incurable Scott Joplin fan!)
She has been providing music in various Protestant churches for the past 33 years, and has probably done sing-alongs in nursing homes for just as long. For the past 16 + years she has been serving at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in East Brunswick, NJ where she led a fundraiser to purchase handbells, formed a bell choir called the JuBELLation Ringers, introduced the practice of doing Christmas Cantatas, performed with choir, bell ringers and instrumentalists at Brunswick Square Mall, took 6 choir members to perform with a 250-voice choir at Carnegie Hall for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, held a Cabaret Night, and debuted a Palm Sunday Pageant featuring adults and children. She has also been singing with the Shrewsbury Chorale for 2 seasons.
She is excited to start a new chapter in her professional and spiritual life and looks forward to serving in a congregation with so much talent and enthusiasm for music. In her spare time (if there is any!), she likes to dabble in arts and crafts and loves any and all kinds of dance.