Sondra Goldsmith Proctor currently serves as Musician-in-Residence in the Chaplain’s Office of St. Lawrence University. She regularly performs on the Organ Concert Series in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. In addition, she directs the Ad Hoc Singers, a Children’s Chorus for Candlelight Services, special children’s choruses for other events, and performs at University functions. She organizes and performs on the Annual Johann Sebastian Bach Marathon sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office.
She has served as President of the Eastern Division of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as Dean of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and on the National Committee on Professional Networking and Public Relations of AGO. She is currently serving as Co-Dean of the St. Lawrence River Chapter of AGO. She is a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), Ottawa Centre. Ms. Proctor was the first woman to conduct a concert in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and is remembered for her long time association with the Paul Hill Chorale and the Washington Singers, serving as associate conductor and keyboard artist. Ms. Proctor was also the first woman to present a full-length organ concert in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center.
Ms. Proctor had the honor to study organ with Albert Russell in Washington, D.C.; Claire Coci at Union Seminary and in her private studio; and Marie-Claire Alain in Paris, St. Donat and St. Germaine-en-Laye in France. Ms. Proctor served as organ instructor and conductor-in-residence for several DC universities, including The American University. She has played under many conductors, including Julius Rudel, Sir Neville Marriner, Norman Luboff, Robert Wagner, Dale Warland, Mstislav Rostropovich and Helmuth Rilling. For forty-five years she served churches in the Washington Metro Area as organist and music director, spending nearly three decades as Director of Music and Arts/Organist for Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. Her programs have included arts, drama, and music exploration for all ages, from the very young to senior citizens. In addition, Ms. Proctor founded and conducted Circle Singers, a vocal chamber ensemble, for over twenty five years. She has given numerous organ recitals and conducted various choirs, including her own Circle Singers, in Europe, the Caribbean and North America.
The Estey Organ, designed and constructed especially for Gunnison Memorial Chapel by the Estey Organ Company of Burlington, Vermont in 1926, was donated by Charles A. Coffin, co-founder and first president of the General Electric Company.