Music Department Staff

Christopher Petit

Minister of Music

(585) 315.4777

Christopher Petit recently earned his doctoral degree in organ performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music with David Higgs as his primary instructor.  From Akron, Ohio, he earned a BA in Art History from the College of Wooster. At Wooster, he was awarded a grant to travel to France for his thesis on the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. 

 After working as a tennis instructor in Ohio, Chris enrolled at Eastman for his master's degree in organ performance.  He was awarded third prize in the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition, was a finalist in the 2009 Kotka International Organ Competition, Finland, and was a recipient of Eastman's Barnes Award for pipe organ performance. Currently he is Director of Music at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Pittsford, organist for the University of Rochester’s Protestant Community Chapel, and is a member of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum.


Robert Laird

Assistant & Youth Music Director


(585) 752-7576

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo in 2001, Robert continued to the Eastman School of Music and completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory Pedagogy (2004) and again completed Master of Arts Degree in Music Education (2012). 

He has a thriving private piano studio in Brighton, NY with a base of forty students. The culmination of his experience as a pianist, church musician, and teaching assistant at the Eastman School has led to his unique pedagogical style.

As Assistant & Youth Music Director of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, he attempts to provide the members of the youth music ensembles a unique opportunity: to play an integral role in worship, while sharing the gift of music and developing their musicianship skills in a vibrant and supportive environment.

Robert happily resides in Brighton with his wife, Tiffany, and two beautiful children, Logan and Kathryn, with whom he enjoys playing superheroes with every free moment he has.


Rebecca Boyd

Music Scholar

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Sophie Goluses

Choral Scholar

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