Our Musicians and Actors

Richard A.A. Larraga

Richard A.A. Larraga

Artistic Director

In addition to being a choral conductor, I’m also a lawyer, a web designer, a hat collector, and am completing my doctorate in Education at Northeastern University.  I majored in Musicology and Voice at Boston University, studied for a number of years at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria, and received my Master’s in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory under Simon Carrington.  I am the Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, Holliston.

Jennifer Bihuniak

Jennifer Bihuniak

Board President

My husband PJ and I are the very proud parents of three girls. I left a career in marketing to become a (too busy!) stay-at-home Mom. I spend most of my time supporting the girls at school, equestrian events, on the soccer field, or at many of their other activities. Whenever possible, I fill my life with music. Our dog, three bunnies, and the girls’ horse also keep me on my toes!

Alyssa Palladino

Alyssa Palladino

I am currently a senior at Medway High School. Outside of Exsultet!, I love getting involved in singing opportunities. I sing in chorus at school, church choir, my school’s women’s ensemble, and sometimes I sing the National Anthem at Medway games. I hope to pursue music in my further education. Outside of music, I like eating Annie’s bunny snacks and avoiding route 109 construction.

Becki Abalutzk

Becki Abalutzk

I received my BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and my Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. I’m on the faculty of Dean College, where I teach both voice and piano, run a studio in Millis, and teach at Encore Music Academy. When I’m not enlightening young minds, I usually have my nose buried in the latest Stephen King novel.

Becki is also our Vocal and Language Coach.

Carrie Klimeczko

Carrie Klimeczko

Originally an Ohio girl, after I finished my undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance and English Literature from Heidelberg University, I came to Boston to attend The Boston Conservatory for my graduate studies. I graduated with a Masters of Music with an emphasis on Musical Theatre. I have been actively singing, dancing, teaching and performing for many years, and currently teach music and movement, theatre and acro dance to children at the Wellesley Tree House and Linx. I am also equally busy keeping up with my kids and husband here in beautiful Holliston!

Cathy Godfrey

Cathy Godfrey

I live in Holliston with my husband, Jason, and our twin boys, Zach and Griffin. I currently work as a Wealth Strategy Associate at a financial services company. I enjoy spending time with my family, and can usually be found watching the boys playing soccer. I am a member of the Chancel Choir at the First Congregational Church in Holliston. I have been with Exsultet since September 2014 and have found great joy and friendship in singing with this immensely talented group.

Chrissy Petersen

Chrissy Petersen

My husband Rob and I are Medway natives, raising two spunky young adults, Charlie and Meredith. My weekdays are filled with my other 650 children teaching general music at the Holliston elementary schools. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2001, and a Master’s degree in Music Teaching from Kent State University, 2015. Outside of work, I really like to read, go for walks, snuggle with my cat, and rearrange furniture. I enjoy making people smile, and having meaningful conversations with family, friends, and colleagues.

Cynthia Listewnik

Cynthia Listewnik

I moved to Holliston with my husband, Mark, and our 3 smart and sassy children in 2010. I am an active member of FCC where I serve as the Youth Group Director and regularly teach Sunday School. I am also a proud member of the Holliston School Committee. When not attending meetings, drafting policy or harmonizing to every song I hear, you will find me shuttling my kids to their various activities, roasting coffee, tending my backyard flock of chickens or reading. I truly enjoy being a member of this dedicated group of musicians.iston!

Dee Phair

Dee Phair

Originally from New York, I moved to Massachusetts with my family in 2014. Music has always been an important part of my life, whether it was in the form of playing violin and piano as a child, singing at community non-profits and 9/11 memorial events around New York City, or making up songs to sing with my two young children. When I’m not chasing said children, I talk on a weekly podcast about parenting and video games.

 Emily Bilodeau

Emily Bilodeau

When I’m not being mom to my fabulous 2 year old son, I am a music teacher and woodwind player. I received my Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College, and my Master’s in Music Education from Kent State University. I teach band, chorus, and general music in the Medway public schools.  I also maintain a private flute studio and play in pit orchestras with my husband: a whole family of musicians! In my free time, I read vast amounts of literature, and dress up as a fife player to reenact the Revolutionary War.

Jennifer Bihuniak

Jennifer Bihuniak

I am very blessed to be a full-time Mom to three girls. Supporting them in their many activities takes most of my time (and energy!). Whenever possible, I try to fill my life with music. My lifelong love of music and experience in business have combined beautifully in my role as the president of Exsultet. Our dog, three bunnies, and the girls’ horses also keep me on my toes

Kiki Lansdale

Kiki Lansdale

I currently work as a Reading Specialist in an elementary school. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, and spend most evenings creating silly songs with my three children, Charlie, Jane and Ben. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, and volunteering in the community.

Kristen Hafford

Kristen Hafford

I have a BA in Music/Religion from Principia College in Illinois. I’ve worked in small business as a graphic/web designer, including working with our family business, E-Motion Computer Services Inc. in Holliston.

Maureen Meyers

Maureen Meyers

A New York state native, my husband, Rich, and I have lived in MA for 25 years, 20 of them in Holliston. We have 2 almost grown-up children, Lanie and Jeffrey. The kids and I are just 3 in a long line of singers in my family. Rich enthusiastically supports us! By day, I teach vocal and general music in grades 2 through 8 at the Edith C. Baker School in Brookline. By night, I enjoy family time, reading, Zentangling, hiking, skiing, and traveling. I hold a B.S. in Music Education from Hartwick College and an M.S. in Music Education from Long Island University, C.W.Post campus.

Meghan Olynciw

Meghan Olynciw

A native of Connecticut, I have recently moved to Medway with my husband and 2 children Matthew (9) and Olivia (7).  I hold a BS in Music Education with an emphasis in voice from Plymouth State University. I have spent the past 19 years teaching music and theater to a variety of age levels in Connecticut. I am thrilled to be back performing vocally with this talented group of women.

Stacey Balardini

Stacey Balardini

My husband, Darren, and I live in Holliston with our two children, Ryan and Alyssa. I am an educator within the Medfield Public Schools. Growing up, my house was filled with music whether it be my dad playing his saxophone, the kids playing the piano or simply singing our favorite songs. In college, I sang in the choir and took several music courses. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and getting together with family and friends.

Actors

Lynn Robson

Lynn Robson

Over the past 11 years, I have worked across all age ranges in the primary range teaching the youngest to the oldest children in primary schools in the North East of England.  This gives me an excellent perspective of whole school progression and enables me to understand in more depth how children develop knowledge, skills and understanding. My hobbies include performing arts and I have been fortunate to work with very talented actors and musicians in the UK.  I have performed in a variety of plays and musicals and I have performed in prestigious theatres in the North of England in both amateur and professional roles.

Jason Dawson

Jason Dawson

I am from Coventry, England and was a member of the Criterion Theater in Coventry. Since moving to Boston in 2006, I have been a member of The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain, running the theater box office and operating sound for many shows. I have also worked at the Hovey Players, Arlington Friends of Drama Theater and Image Theater in Lowell. My regular job is a 3rd grade teacher at the British International School of Boston.

Carla Eigen

Carla Eigen

I began my flair for the dramatics at age four and continued singing and acting through high school and college. At UMass, Amherst while singing Opera, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Upon moving to Boston and working with adults with cognitive disorders, I fronted a popular Boston rock band, earning a nomination from the Boston Music Awards for Outstanding Local Singer. I continued studying Communication Disorders from MGH Institute of Health Professions and currently work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a local elementary school.

Linda Gernes

Linda Gernes

A Holliston native, my love of acting grew from many local theater productions and led to a B.A. in Theater Arts from UMass Amherst and an M.A. in teaching from Rhode Island College.  I work in educational technology by day and indulge the deep joy of singing through the Chancel Choir of the First Congregational Church. My work with Exsultet marks a return to theatrical performance following a long motherhood-inspired hiatus.

Accompanists

Chris Carson

Chris Carson

Pianist

A native of Houston, Texas, I moved to Boston to study at the Longy School of Music, where I received my undergraduate and Master of Music degrees, in piano.  I have been fortunate to perform throughout the United States and Europe, most recently performing in Austria in 2014.  I currently play in a duo with a clarinetist, along with maintaining my music business, Chris Carson Music, and leading the music ministry at St. Edward Parish, in Medfield.

In my few moments of spare time, I enjoy family time with my wife, Christy, and two kids.  You may also find me reading a good thriller, playing basketball, cooking, and occasionally enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the golf course.