Wilton Congregational welcomes new music director

Wilton Congregational Church has found a new music director, and his name is Eugene Sirotkine.

“He is a fantastic musician,” said the Rev. Anne Coffman. “We are very excited to have him at our church.”

Sirotkine, who started his new position in August, said Wilton Congregational Church has been “an extremely supportive and caring community.”

“I feel fortunate to have become a part of the church,” he said, “and I hope to contribute to its musical talents and establish it as a musical hub in the Wilton community.”

As the music director, Sirotkine said, he has many responsibilities, including leading the congregation in song and designing creative worship services. He is also responsible for all music ensembles.

Sirotkine was born in Russia and made his debut as a conductor with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1989.

From 1999 to 2008, Sirotkine served as assistant conductor and chorus master with the New York Metropolitan Opera.

He has conducted orchestras and choruses worldwide, including those in China, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa, and Brazil, and has been the conductor and musical director of the Hudson Valley Singers, a nonprofit community chorus based in Westchester County, N.Y., for 18 years.

“Music helps people to discover the best in themselves and it allows us to share love, compassion, gentleness, and goodness with those around us,” said Sirotkine, who lives in New York City.

“I conduct, perform and teach because I love music, and I cherish the ability to express oneself through an instrument or the voice.”

Prior to joining Wilton Congregational Church, Sirotkine was the music director at the Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, N.Y.

To learn more about Sirotkine, visit sirotkine.com.

To learn more about Wilton Congregational Church, visit wiltoncongregational.org.