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Chief Musician Susan Lewis Kavinski,


MUC Susan Lewis Kavinski

Chief Musician Susan Lewis Kavinski, originally from Elkton, Md., joined the Navy Band in January 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999.  A highly acclaimed soloist, she has won several local competitions including the Maryland Opera Society's, Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition, and she was a finalist in the Annapolis Opera Competition. She is a featured soprano soloist on the 2007 live recording of Handel’s Messiah at Washington National Cathedral, and she has performed in Rome, Italy at Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of St. Mary Major in conjunction with the International Festival of Sacred Art and Music.  Kavinski also sang as part of an octet in the United States premiere of Malcom Bruno’s reconstructed version of Bach’s St. Mark Passion at Washington National Cathedral in March 2010.  Her teachers include Serafina DiGiacomo, Regina McConnell and Kathleen Wilson.


In addition to her duties as a vocalist with the Sea Chanters, Kavinski has worked as a church musician in the National Capital Region metropolitan area for over ten years. She currently serves as cantor, soloist and recording artist for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and is regularly broadcast throughout the world on XM Satellite Radio and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).   She has also had the honor of being the soloist for the private funeral mass for Robert Anthony “Tony” Snow, former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush.