Fr. Thomas Jean-Pierre Pellaton
I was born in New York City of Swiss and Italian American parents. Having shown musical interest and some talent from an early age, I studied with and received degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory (European Intellectual History and voice performance), Carnegie Mellon University (Opera performance and vocal repertoire), Mozarteum Salzburg (performance diploma in German Lieder), the Yale/Berkeley Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music (MDiv).
I was ordained Deacon and Priest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1991 and served St. Michael's Church in New York as Curate and Associate Rector. In 1997 I became Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Munich, Germany. After 11 years I returned to the United States to become the Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Rockville Center, New York, retiring in 2011.
As a trained Interim I have worked four times as an interim both in the Diocese of Long Island and the Diocese of New York. My work as a Priest has included community organizing, AIDS Support group, work in hunger and homeless ministries, work with refugees, incarcerated people and most recently re-entry programs for the formerly incarcerated. I have also worked on spiritual formation and have a passion for Bible Study. I am a member of the Order of Urban Missioners which incorporates many of the things that have been central to my ministry as a Priest.
Outside of my life as a Priest I have been the Maitre d'Hotel at the famed Carlyle Hotel in New York, head of the vocal Roster and European manager for Shaw Concerts and managed such artists as Hermann Prey, Helen Donath, Janet Baker, Jard VanNess, Jon Vickers and Jessye Norman. I still sing myself and have a chamber music ensemble, The Ensemble von Paradis, named in honor of Maria Theresia von Paradis, the blind pianist, singer and composer, who worked with both Salieri and Mozart.
And finally, I am President of the Board of the Harlem Chamber Players and multi-ethnic co-operative dedicated to bringing the best of the classical music tradition to under exposed communities.
I have a passion for music, social justice, the beautiful diversity of creation and spiritual formation grounded in our Biblical tradition - as you might have figured out by now.
And, by the way, I am a good cook.