Who We Are

We invite you to stop by sometime and get to know us. Or feel free to contact us to learn more about our church. 

The Rev. Canon Alan Dennis
Rector

Contact info: 

Parish office: 914 238-8751

 

in September 2021 we bid a fond farewell to the Rev. Canon Alan Godfrey Dennis and his wife Jennie.

 

We are now searching for an Interim Rector for the short term. Once we secure an Interim, the parish will formulate plans for the rest of the calendar year and determine whether to hire a full- or a part-time Rector.

Please be patient as we more forward!

 

Mr. Peter Frost
Music Director

Contact info:  

Email: peterfrostmusic@gmail.com

Phone: 914 747-0927

St. Mary's is thrilled that Mr. Peter Frost joined our staff on September 1, 2017.

 

Peter was a theater/choral teacher in both public and independent schools for 16 years. For five years, he was Director of Music for the Children’s Aid Society Chorus program where he administered 18 choruses (K-12) and directed five in New York City. Peter’s two select choirs from the Children’s Aid Society performed at Carnegie Hall with Mandy Patinkin, the Rainbow Room with Donna Murphy, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Waldorf Astoria, and Radio City Music Hall. The Children’s Aid Senior (HS) Chorus received a “superior” rating and first place overall in April 2008 in Maryland.

He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and Master of Music degree in Music Education from Lehman College, CUNY. He has performed with the Hartt Touring Opera in Connecticut and the California Opera Center. As an actor-singer, he has appeared in musicals in summer stock, dinner theaters, and regional theaters, as well as many dramatic plays with the Bluestone Actors Project, a professional repertory company based in Westchester County. Peter has been an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and will teach a course this fall entitled: The Power of Sacred Music. He began his career as a church musician in college, and most recently has been Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac since leaving full-time classroom teaching in 2014. He also has a studio for voice and piano students where he lives in Hawthorne.

 

Peter has been commissioned to write choral compositions by the Briarcliff Congregational Church, the Children’s Aid Society, and the Great Neck North High School Jazz Choir. In 2013, he was commissioned to write five new arrangements for Colgate University for the 21st-Century Colgate Songbook. Peter’s choral pieces have been published by GIA Publications and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. His newest publication, Stephen Foster Dreams, was recorded in 2015 by the Varsity Ensemble at St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo, under the direction of Randy Stenson. For further information about his composition, please go to peterfrostmusic.com.

Peter has lived with his wife Hui-Mei Lin (a pianist) in Hawthorne since 1992. Their sons Connor and Liam are now in their twenties and actively pursuing careers in music.
 

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Joanne Tiebout Douglas

Interim Christian Education Director

Contact info:

Text: 203 448-0881

Email: josiebabette@gmail.com

My name is Joanne Tiebout Douglas. As Interim Christian Education Director, I will teach Sunday School until a new rector is called. Due to Covid-19, Sunday School will be organized as it was last year. A single class, pre-K through 8th grade, will meet in the Parish Hall, each family at one table, each table socially distant from the others and each with its own supplies. Participants are asked to wear masks.

I am grateful to be called to this position. Some of you may know me as the mother of Ludovica Douglas. I recently moved to Pleasantville and am a communicant of St. Mary the Virgin. My Sunday School teaching experience is varied. In Boston I taught grade school students at St. Stephen's and later taught teens at the Church of the Advent. At the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston I began a one-class Sunday School, pre-K through high school.

Ms. Laurane Carnevale
Parish Administrator
 

Contact info:  

Email: parish-office@smtv.org

 


 

Ms. Laurane Carnevale is a native New Yorker. She studied English literature at Hunter College, comparative literature at Harvard University, and drawing at The Art Student’s League. To merge her inter-disciplinary passions for the arts, she pursued a career designing multi-media presentations in the days when “multi media” meant live, theatrical productions for corporations and non-profit institutions. After designing several exhibits for the National Gallery of Art, in 1992 she was honored by Carter Brown, the departing director, to design his last gift to the American People, an exhibit of the Sculpture of the Golden Age of Greece.

 

While raising her son, Thomas Christian, Laurane volunteered at the Hastings-on-Hudson public schools, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and was a founding member of the H-O-H Farmers Market. In 1998 she dispelled the Hastings Library Guild’s future-shock-resistance to a video library by suggesting they feature Shakespeare, arguing that plays are meant to be seen, not read. The Hastings Library became the first in Westchester to carry the complete plays of William Shakespeare on video!


Laurane studied botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and served as president of the Greater NY Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, organizing exhibits throughout the tri-state area. She taught drawing for Rivertowns Adult Education and gave private lessons in her studio.
 
In 2003 a life-altering event occurred: a fellow art student invited Laurane to sing with Westchester Choral Arts, where she was astonished to see Tim Vernon, with whom she was acquainted through mutual friends and regular attendance at Ars Antiqua concerts at SMTV. When she learned that Tim was SMTV’s music director, she began to attend services and found the homilies as compelling as the music was exquisite.
 
In Joel, St. Mary's former rector, Laurane discovered shared interests in early church history, philosophy, and the poetic and spiritual aspects of scripture that inform our daily lives. When Joel offered her the job as parish administrator in 2006 she seized the opportunity to work in a magnificent setting in the service of exceptional people, whose dedication to outreach and education has enriched her quest for beauty in all things.

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Vestry Members:                                                                                  

 

Rector: VACANT

Stewardship Warden: John Priscantelli

Building & Grounds Warden: Andrew Tustian

Treasurer: David Aplin

Adult Education & Spiritual Formation: Janet Priscantelli

Clerk: Rich Juzumas

Christian Education: Amanda Fesco

Communications: VACANT

Member-at-Large: Cindy Forrest

Newcomers & Membership: Lisa & Sean Fitzgerald

Outreach: Tirza Santilli

Worship & Music: Durrie Golding

 

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