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  • 00:51

    Musician John Fischer joins this week's pocast

    in Lifestyle

    We're away this week, so enjoy this show from January, 2013. Listen in as co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose welcome John Fischer to this episode of  our weekly ‘Aged to Perfection’ podcast. John has been the Director of Music at MCCNY since late 2001. A classically trained pianist, John grew up in a Midwestern Catholic church with a large music program, and made his debut in the children’s choir there at age 7. Formerly the music director for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chicago, he led the St. Joseph Children’s Choir (which he founded) to national prominence with their 3rd-place prize in the Quaker Oats Gospel Choir Competition A composer and performer, John writes and arranges music for MCCNY and for several New York area indie bands. John has presented lectures on inclusive language at the two most recent UFMCC general conferences.
    The recipient of honors from The Songwriters Hall of Fame and The Independent Music Awards, John’s music has been featured on MTV (US and UK), PBS and VH-1. He holds a BFA in Piano Performance from DePaul University, where he studied with Mary Sauer, principal keyboardist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While living in Chicago, he was lured into the wacky world of improv comedy, and became a musical director at ImprovOlympic. Here, he improvised regularly with such future luminaries as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Recently John and writing partner Ruthe Ponturo created the off-Broadway musical review “Divorce The Musical – Better Mad Than Sad”, which just completed a successful run at the Triad Theater in NYC.

  • 00:43

    Rev. Pat Bumgardner of MCC New York joins the show

    in Lifestyle

    Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we welcome Reverand Pat Bumgardner of MCC New York. Rev. Bumgardner is the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York, where she has served in multiple capacities for the past 30 years. Rev. Pat is also the Executive Director of MCC’s newly formed Global Justice Institute, coordinating and overseeing the global justice work of MCC, and Chairs the denomination’s Public Policy Team. She represents MCC on the Council for Global Equality. She has been an active and vocal proponent for LGBT rights as human rights, traveling, writing and speaking on behalf of MCC world-wide, addressing a range of social justice issues.