Sophia Donforth has a wealth of administrative and teaching experience. Her work experience includes managing administrative aspects of Young Tradition Vermont, tutoring and classroom teaching (specializing in science and writing instruction). She manages the church office and ensures everything is running smoothly.
Her hobbies include folk music and dance – she sings, plays the fiddle and guitar and is a member of Burlington’s Social Band and the dance coordinator for the Mad Robin Caller's Collective. Sophia lives in Burlington with her husband and two daughters.
Lisa Raatikainen is a pianist, singer and music teacher living in Burlington, VT. She studied music at Middlebury College and has performed with several musical groups around Vermont. In addition to running a private music lesson studio in her home, Lisa enjoys singing with the Vermont Choral Union and continuing her lifelong study of classical piano works.
I have played and studied piano since childhood in a rich and wide-ranging music career. From fancy country clubs to jazz clubs and society soirees, from dusty dives and rowdy saloons, from concert halls with symphony orchestras to recording studios, to exciting years playing ragtime on steamboats up and down the Mississippi River system. It is an amazing experience.
Through my life there has rarely been a time I haven’t played in church on a regular basis. How awesome are the great and powerful ways that music brings us closer to God. To play before the Lord has always been a delight and a spiritual fulfillment beyond words. Having recently moved to Vermont from Maine, I am thrilled to have found the opportunity to play for Christ Church Presbyterian.
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