DR. VALENTIN RADU - ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER

 Maestro Radu at the console of the grand organ of the Bucharest Philharmonic Hall

Maestro Radu at the console of the grand organ of the Bucharest Philharmonic Hall

Dr. Valentin Radu has been Organist and Choirmaster of All Saints’ parish since 2012. Born and raised in Communist Romania, he experienced first-hand the repression of his fellow Christians at the hands of the state. His mother, who taught him to love Christ, also taught him to love music, giving him his first lessons before beginning his formal training at the age of three. At six he made his concert debut on the stage of the Bucharest Philharmonic Hall (as a piano recitalist) and at the age of nine as a concert soloist with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1973 he won the prestigious Rome Piano Competition and in 1979 the Saarbrucken Organ Competition. In 1980 he won the silver medal (gold was not awarded!) at the Bach International Competition in Leipzig. Having graduated Bachelor of Music from the Bucharest Academy of Music, he came to America in 1979 and earned Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. He has founded several musical ensembles in Europe and America and appears regularly on the European stage as both conductor and soloist, with a repertoire ranging from early music to Jazz. Locally he is best known as the founder and conductor of VoxAmaDeus (comprised of Vox Renaissance Consort, the Ama Deus Ensemble, and Camerata Ama Deus), now in its 28th season.  He conducts his three groups in a variety of programs ranging from Renaissance Motets and Madrigals to full scale vocal and orchestral masterworks of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi and Gershwin (including seasonal concerts of Christmas, Holy Week, Easter & beyond!). An extensive library of recordings attests to their considerable output and its quality (www.voxamadeus.org). Dr. Radu is also Director of Music at Devon Preparatory School and has served formerly as Organist and Choirmaster of Gladwyne Presbyterian Church and Philadelphia’s Arch Street Methodist Church (as well as St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Bucharest and Holy Cross Church in New York). Amongst his numerous awards and honors he has been knighted as a Grand Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Romania and was made an Honorary Citizen of the cities of New York and Bucharest!

MRS. CELESTINE SCIBLO - PARISH SECRETARY

Celestine M. Sciblo was born and raised in Philadelphia, the oldest of three children. She attended parochial grade and high schools and St. Joseph’s University where she graduated with a B.S. in Management/Marketing Science. She held several positions in industry which included Inventory Supervisor, Production Coordinator and Treasury Supervisor.

Celly and her husband, Bob, were married in 1983. They have an adult son and daughter. When her family was young, she volunteered at the children’s elementary school as an Office Aide. She also served on the Home and School Board as Public Relations Officer. Her duties included publishing a quarterly newsletter and the annual Handbook/Directory.

Celly accepted the position of Parish Secretary at a local parish in September 2000. That church has since closed and Celly joined All Saints’ Church as Parish Secretary in June 2012.  Now that her son is married and her daughter is attending medical school, Celly enjoys working at All Saints’ Wynnewood and she is looking forward to traveling with her husband.

MR. STEPHEN PARRILLO - SEXTON AND VERGER

A Philadelphia native, Stephen came to All Saints' in 2013 with many years of experience as Church Sexton, Property Manager, Horticulturalist, General Contractor, and Private Chef. As Sexton, you can see him working quietly about the property, keeping everything in tip-top shape.  At worship on Sundays or weekdays you will find him faithfully fulfilling the ancient duties of Verger by ringing the bell, leading processions and caring for our small burial ground.  He and his wife, Gina, have two children and two grandchildren.  Stephen is an avid outdoorsman and  mechanic.

MS. CHRISTINE KONDO - BOOKKEEPER

All Saints' is very fortunate to have our accounts kept by Christine Kondo, founder and president of Straight Forward Bookkeeping Services, LLC (www.straightforwardbookkeeping.org). Having recently moved to our area from the West Coast, she brings years of experience working with churches and other non-profits.  Upon beginning her work with us in early 2014, she was amazed and pleased to find that our parish still uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer,  with which she had been raised and Confirmed as an Episcopalian in her youth! Christine works in the parish office weekly on Wednesday morning.