St. Matthew Lutheran Church

224 Lovely Street

Avon, CT 06001

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Richard Silbereis

Director of Music

Richard Silbereis has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati).  In addition, Dick has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the Athenaeum of Ohio, and a Masters Degree in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (in Berkeley, CA).  Along with his work as a musician, he has a “day job” teaching Latin at Mooreland Hill School in Kensington.  

 

Dick has served various schools and churches in Ohio, California, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as a pastor, social worker, teacher, and musician.  While he is classically trained as a concert organist and choral conductor, Dick enjoys leading worship with diverse music from many cultures and times.

Dick lives with his wife Elaine, also a musician, in West Hartford.  In addition to two cats, they have two adult children: John, a neuroscientist in Boston; and Katie, a high school English teacher in New York City.  They are the adoring”Nonna” and “Pampa” of two grandchildren, Magnolia and Rocky.

The inspiration for Dick’s work at Saint Matthew is a saying attributed to Martin Luther:  “Music is Liturgy’s handmaid.”