Richard A.A. Larraga
In addition to being a choral conductor, I’m also a lawyer, a web designer, and am a hat collector. 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.
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, and at many of their other activities. Our dog, bunnies, and horses also keep me on my toes! For me, music has become critically interwoven with my heartbeat, my breathing, and my faith. I am so blessed to be involved with the people in Exsultet.
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.
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!
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 am enjoying watching my boys find their love of music (percussion, trumpet and guitar!). I am also 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.
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.
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!
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 can be found playing video games, collecting fountain pens, or working part-time as a tax preparer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A native of Connecticut, I now reside in Medway with my husband and two children. I hold a BS in Music Education with an emphasis in voice from Plymouth State University, and have been teaching music and theater to a variety of age levels for over 20 years. I am currently the General Music and Chorus teacher at the B.H. Wood School in Plainville, where I get to spend my days making music with our talented students. I am thrilled to be back this season singing with this very talented group of women, and want to dedicate it to my dad, who always supported my musical endeavors.
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.
Originally from Bristol, RI, I had the pleasure of living in Holliston, MA briefly 5 years ago which is when I first discovered Exsultet! I enjoyed multiple seasons with the group prior to my departure. After working tireless hours as a Restaurant Manager, I decided to change my career path to focus on Project Management, which has brought me back to the area. I currently work at North Hill in Needham, MA as the Facilities Coordinator with a goal to obtain the role of Project Manager in the future. I live in Providence, RI and enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my cat, Lily. I am looking forward to many seasons ahead!
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.