Holland Jancaitis

Holland Jancaitis has been director of choirs at Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church in Maplewood, New Jersey, since September 2010, bringing a background in classical music and a developing interest in how world music adds to the eclectic ways Christians express their faith. A doctoral candidate in choral music at Yale University, Holland joined Morrow from Cornell University, where he was assistant director of choral ensembles. He holds degrees from Yale University (M.M., M.M.A., choral conducting) and Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A., piano performance).

At Yale, he was conductor of the University (Battell) Chapel Choir and a member of the Schola Cantorum for four years. With the Schola Cantorum he performed in Hungary, England, and France. He was also principal assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata. Prior to attending Yale, Holland was assistant music director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. There he sang with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, maintained a studio of private students, and was active in musical theater, directing music for productions at Carnegie Mellon, West Virginia Public Theater, and Canterbury Dinner Theater. In 2001, he directed the music for the first Malaysian production of Nunsense in Kuala Lumpur. He was born and raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

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