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Dr. Nadezhda (Nadia) Christova-Carmichael
Minister of Music

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Dr. Nadezhda Christova-Carmichael has been studying and performing piano since the age of six. She attended the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria majoring in piano performance and pedagogy. In 2002 she graduated with a Bachelors of Music with honors in piano performance from the National Academy of Music in Sofia. After relocating to the United States in 2006 Dr. Christova-Carmichael obtained her Masters in chamber music and piano performance from the University of South Florida in Tampa where she studied with Dr. Svetozar Ivanov. She recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, College Park under the tutelage of the renowned pianist and pedagogue Rita Sloan.

Dr. Christova-Carmichael has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a collaborative pianist with both the instrumental fellowship (2011) and the prestigious New Horizons fellowship (2012, 2014). Additionally, she has participated in the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy as the official concerto accompanist of the program. She has performed extensively as a chamber recitalist and a vocal collaborator throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Christova-Carmichael has a deep appreciation for large ensemble chamber works with piano. Her doctoral dissertation, Pairings: Quintets and Duos from the Collaborative Piano Repertoire explores the various complexities and subtleties of several iconic piano quintets that have helped to establish the genre as a cornerstone of piano chamber music repertoire. This project was performed at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as a series of three recitals in collaboration with invoke string quartet.

A devotee of choral music, Dr. Christova-Carmichael had the chance to accompany the University of Maryland Concert Choir, singing Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Additionally, she was the accompanist for the Washington Sängerbund, the oldest German singing society in the Washington DC area, from 2011 to 2016. Prior to joining Zion Lutheran Church in Maywood, NJ as the Minister of Music, Dr. Christova-Carmichael served as a pianist at Burke Presbyterian Church in Burke, VA and Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD.

Also a dedicated teacher, Dr. Christova-Carmichael held a faculty position at the International School of Music in Bethesda from 2012 to 2016. She recently relocated from the greater D.C. Metropolitan area to New York City, where she is currently on the faculty of the Jubilee Enrichment Program in Manhattan's Chinatown and works as an accompanist for Education Through Music. In addition, Dr. Christova-Carmichael and her husband - pianist Sean Carmichael recently opened a private teaching studio in the Upper West Side. More information can be found at www.upperwestsidepianostudio.com.


Congregational Officers

President - 
John Blume
Vice President -  Howard Acker
Recording Secretary -  Linda Arzinger .
Financial Secretary -  John Keil
Treasurer - 
Lorraine Winters

Board of Elders

Head Elder - Howard Acker

John Blume
Rev. Oscar Casachahua
Scott Davidson
Lee Decker
Marion Decker
Rev. Edward Lazarchak
Harvey Murphy
Rev. Dennis Rockett
Roland Weigel
Jeanette Wooten