With unanimous support of our Vestry and Fr. Noah, our music director Kevin Kwan has been granted a 10-week sabbatical from August 1 through October 15 in anticipation of his 10th anniversary at Christ and St. Luke’s, which falls on October 16, 2022. Kevin has been a constant and faithful presence to the parish, especially though Covid, and provided operational support between Fr. Win’s retirement and Fr. Noah’s arrival.
While his sabbatical was initially planned for 2020 and subsequently delayed because of Covid, we are pleased to offer this respite now so that he may come back refreshed and energized for many more years of service to our parish. While he is away, our music program will be under the capable leadership of Assistant Organist Marj Setnicky.
A special performance in Keven’s honor, Sunday, May 1
To honor his anniversary, the church has commissioned composer Carl Haywood to write a celebratory five-movement Organ Suite, which will receive its world premiere at Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 5:30pm. Please plan on attending this service and hearing this amazing piece of music written by our own distinguished parishioner.
The next three months will be busy for our music program, including hosting the Association of Anglican Musicians on June 22 for a service of Choral Matins, and the Choir’s two-week residency at Lincoln Cathedral and York Minister in July.
How you can support Kevin
A fund has been set up if you would like to contribute in honor of Kevin. Go here to donate now and select “Kevin’s Purse” to give directly to this fund, or you may send a check to the Church (PO Box 11499, Norfolk, VA 23517) and write “Kevin’s Purse” in the memo line.
A note from Kevin
I have been honored to serve at this amazing Parish for (almost) a decade now, and I am thankful to the Vestry and Fr. Noah for their unconditional support. As for my plans during this time, I will be using some of it to visit my family out west whom I haven’t seen since pre-Covid. Other travel plans aren’t finalized yet, but I will end my time at an organist retreat where I will have unlimited access to an organ and piano for a full week to practice and reflect. When I return, I look forward to a new season of music making as we enter into our new facilities and look forward to another decade (or more!) of music making.