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.”