GLBT Acceptance at the Zion Lutheran Church

I am honored and proud to announce, that through my endeavors and hard work, the Zion Lutheran Church, on June 17, 2012, made a decision to open their doors to the GLBT Community!
At a luncheon which I attended, Reverend Marcia Thompson, and the President of their, ten member Council, voted unanimously to open their doors to the GLBT, especially the Transgendered individuals in September of this year!
You must understand that previously this Church was not GLBT orientated. Which, makes this, a Ground Breaking decision, for Diversity.
I have been invited to sit before the Church Council, to make a presentation concerning the needs of our Community; T
This is sensational! I made them believe in us…………………….!
(I will provide an up-dated story on my profile concerning how this came about which is rather unique)
One more step for us!

I am proud to announce that a personal friend of mine, Christopher Wickham, a Professional bassoonist, will be performing at the GLBT Church event, September 9, 2012.You can view his site at the following link or at

As an active bassoonist, Wickham has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hawaii as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Native of Portland, Oregon, Wickham holds a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, Masters of Music degree from Temple University, Bachelors of Music degree from Portland State University, and has participated in such festivals as the National Repertory Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival. In 2004

Wickham was selected as a guest Artist/Teacher in Residence at the Crane School of Music in New York as part of the VH-1 Teach Music in NYC program.

Christopher’s primary teachers have included Patricia Rogers, Principal Bassoon, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and member of the Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music faculties, Bernard Garfield, long-time Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra and member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty, Ann Crandall, Principal Bassoon, Portland Opera Orchestra, and Angela Smith, member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As an educator and conductor Wickham held the positions of Band Director/Music Director at the Konawaena Schools in Kona, Hawaii (2005-06), Band Director for Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy (2005-06, 2010), and Music Director and Conductor o the Kona Ohana Orchestra (2006). Christopher has been a faculty member at the Esquela de Artes de Musicales and Esquela de Musica y Danza, in Monterrey Mexico in 2006-07. Currently he is the Woodwind Musical Director of the youth Orchestra of Central Jersey and on faculty at the Lawrenceville Schools.

In Fall 2009 Christopher began his Doctorate of Musical Arts in bassoon performance at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he is a part-time lecturer. Wickham resides in New Hope, PA and is the proprietor of CW Reeds, a bassoon reed making company established in 2007. In addition to performing music and reed making, Wickham is an active choreographer and drill designer for marching bands and color guards throughout Texas, Hawaii, and the North East.

“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Steve Jobs

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