VICTORIA R. SIROTA, Episcopal priest, musician and author, holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston University and Harvard Divinity School. She has taught at Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and Boston University. Former National Chaplain for the American Guild of Organists and Coordinator of the 1990 National AGO Convention in Boston, she is the author of articles, reviews and texts for hymns, cantatas and song cycles. Collaborations with her husband, composer Robert Sirota, include the hymn “Angelic Hosts, now join us” (The Dallas Hymnary, 2023) and “Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel” for soprano, chorus, piano and strings premiered in 2015 at the Concert for Peace at Saint John the Divine She is recorded on Northeastern, Gasparo and Albany Records and her book Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician is available from Church Publishing. Honors include awards and grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, The Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
The Rev. Canon Sirota is currently Chaplain for the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has preached, given keynote addresses, and led workshops at conferences and conventions for the American Guild of Organists, The Association of Anglican Musicians, The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, The East Carolina Arts Festival, The Hymn Society, The Monuments Conservancy and The United Church of Christ Musicians’ Association, among others. Prior to her nine years as Canon Pastor and Vicar at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, she was Vicar of The Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore. Recently retired as Rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Getty Square, Yonkers, NY, she is currently living in Searsmont, Maine.