My name is Dan Hrach (pronounced ‘rock’) and I have been pastor of Summit since July 10, 2012. I am truly excited to be ministering with this wonderful church family – and we would love to have you come and see what God is doing at Summit! As a part of being in God’s great church family we continue to walk in – shine out – and live as the light of Jesus Christ to not only our church family, but throughout the community and in the world around us. I believe you will discover this as you visit us at Summit. Come and be blessed! See you soon!
Dr. Mihai-Zoeter stands out as a premiere voice teacher, soprano, and choir director. Her musical journeys have taken her around the world to halls in Europe, South America and North America and venues large and small such as the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, The State Symphonic Orchestra at Sala “Sao Paulo”, Amazonas Opera House, The Opera House “Teatro da Paz” in Brazil, the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, and National Operetta “Ion Dacian” in Romania. As an educator she has held teaching positions at universities in Brazil and the United States as well as teaching privately students of all ages.
A remarkably versatile artist, Mariana sings in many genres of music from renaissance music to lied, from opera to sacred music, from chamber ensemble to contemporary music.
Described by her students and her colleagues as being passionate, supportive, creative, inspired, dedicated, knowledgeable, and an outstanding leader in May of 2016 she won the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award at the 2015-16 Leadership Awards Reception at Frostburg State University. In 2012, Mariana received a Diploma and Medal of Excellence from her native city of Braila, Romania for artistic and pedagogic contributions to the vocal arts.
As a clinician Dr. Mihai-Zoeter is frequently invited to teach master classes and summer courses at different universities, high schools, and festivals.
Dr. Mihai-Zoeter graduated from the Bucharest University of Music with a BM in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy, and she received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Dr. Mihai-Zoeter is also a certified voice teacher of the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music, Vocal Pedagogy Somatic VoiceworkTM, The LoVetri Method. (Musical Theater, Pop, Rock), and in 2014 she received a certification in A Practical Approach to Directing from the Yale University, School of Drama where she worked with Evan Yionoulis.
Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter is extremely happy to be part of the Summit Presbyterian Church family directing the wonderful singers from the Chancel Choir and working with all of the other performance groups that are part of Summit’s Music Ministry. Mariana says that “music makes us better people; it elevates our soul and keeps our spirit young.”
Additionally Dr. Mihai-Zoeter is the teaching artist of the National Cathedral Choral Society while in the same time she maintains a private studio at Mariana’s Vocal Arts-Sing. Soar. Succeed (www.MarianasVocalArts.com ) where she teaches voice to singers of all ages.
For more info please visit: www.MarianaMihaiZoeter.com
Larisa Felt graduated from the Music College and Pedagogical University in Latvia. Larisa’s first job since arriving in the United States in 2000, was with Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She has been serving as a pianist at Summit since 2003, along with working as a piano instructor at Stafford Music. Her husband is retired from the Air Force. Larisa has a step-daughter who is a graduate of George Mason University and a son who is a Navy veteran.
Our Office Administrative Assistant is a significant key staff member to the functioning aspects here at Summit – who not only supports the Pastor, but the entire church family. Stop by the church or call (540-659-2306) if you have any questions. If you’d like to email, please do so at: [email protected]mmitpresbyterianchurch.org. Our office staff member is someone whom we greatly appreciate for their valuable work within the church.
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:11
Moderator: Rev. Daniel Hrach
Clark Leming (Clerk of Session)
David Engle (Finance)
Leslie Moody (Worship)
Leona Fox (Adult Discipleship)
Terri Somers (Property)
Jane Springer (Children Discipleship)
Pam Yandle (Youth Discipleship)
Joan Alday (CAP)
Betty Miller (Outreach)
David Thomen (Missions)
Tom Stribbling (Fellowship)
Greg Talley (Floating Elder)
Pat Rossell, Ellen Foster, Andy Brown, Catherine Miller, Heidi Boyd-Rice, Candy Mountjoy, Larry Nelson, Debra Barrow, Ron Fox, Wendy Roy