Our Musicians
 Dr. Christopher Petit, Minister of Music
Christopher Petit received his Doctoral Degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with David Higgs as his primary instructor.  Originally 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 in Finland, and was a recipient of Eastman’s Barnes Award for pipe organ performance.
Currently Chris is the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pittsford.  In addition, he is the organist for the University of Rochester’s Protestant Community Chapel, a member of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum and Director for the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus.  He also directs the choirs for the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Holley Haynes, Children’s Choir Director

Holley Haynes has been devoted to teaching music to young children for 15 years. At St. Paul’s, Holley teaches the Family Music Making Group, helps run Vacation Bible School, and organizes the Christmas Pageant.  Holley is  in the process of organizing a St. Paul’s children’s choir (grades 1-5) to begin in September 2017.  

Outside of St. Paul’s, Holley teaches preschool at Mendon Community Nursery School  (MCNS) in Mendon, New York where she is the lead teacher for their three year class and Music and Literature classes. She also supervises and mentors music education student teachers at SUNY Fredonia. Prior to moving to the Rochester area in 2009, she taught at Temple University’s early childhood music program and in the public schools in New Jersey.  Recently, several of Holley’s songs and lesson plans have been accepted for publication in the upcoming book
Music Play II: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum.

Holley Haynes has a Bachelor of Music Education from Rutgers University and a Master of Music Education from Temple University. She is a faculty member for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning in early childhood music. Holley has shared her expertise with parents, undergraduate students, teachers, and music educators in the United States and China through presentations and workshops. 


Brad Batz, Assistant Musician
Rebecca Boyd, Assistant Musician
Janneke Hoogland, Assistant Musician

Yvonne Trobe, Assistant Musician