Meet the Staff
Rector, retired on March 31, 2022
Mark Johnson, Music Director
Mark’s choral leadership experience goes back to 1976. He led the music program at Grace Church in Providence, RI, from 1989 to 2014. During that time, he also worked with community choirs to help build a variety of new music programs. After leaving Providence, he and his wife Jennifer found work with smaller, remote churches to semi-retire, but he was still sought after in New England.
Amy Vinisko, Organist
Amy Vinisko is a versatile musician, frequently performing as pianist, organist, accompanist or musical director. Ms. Vinisko earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Hastings College (Hastings, NE), an experience which began in her home state of Nebraska and culminated in a tour of Japan. Continued study led her to the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO), the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (New Haven, CT), the Taubman Institute (New York, NY), Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO) and the Britten-Pears Music Festival (Aldeburgh, England).
Working with Artistic Director, Alecia Evans, Ms. Vinisko is the principal accompanist and collaborative arranger for Sing Out! CT, a premiere glee choir for ages 8-18 that performs regularly. She was a member of the Canterbury School (New Milford, CT) Music Faculty for 12 years and has directed music programs at several churches throughout the region. She is currently the Organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (Litchfield, CT).
Ms. Vinisko is passionate about educating the next generation of musicians and currently offers private and group piano classes at her home studio in Bantam, CT. Find out more at viniskopianostudio.com.
Karen Ackerman,Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper
Karen Ackerman has lived in Kent for over 30 years, as wife and mother of 3 girls. She has worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business for over 20 years and as a Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant for 4 years. Karen is currently bookkeeping for St. Michael’s in Litchfield, Trinity Church in Torrington, as well as her husband’s business.