Church announces new music director

Wendy Hummel
Wendy Hummel

PROSPECT — St. Anthony Church announced the hire of a new director of music.

Wendy Hummel, who works as a senior managing consultant for IBM, will start the job on Nov. 29.

“I feel that this is my calling, I’m looking forward to joining in song with everyone at St. Anthony in a way that continues to strengthen our faith,” said Hummel, an East Haddam resident, in a press release.

Hummel has played the piano since she was 5 years old and began playing the organ at her home parish, Notre Dame Church in Durham, at the age of 13, the release stated.

Rev. Mark Suslenko said in the release he is excited about Hummel’s plans to enhance the church’s Contemporary Ensemble and Children’s Choir.

“I feel that it is incredibly important to engage our youth and young families in parish life. The beauty of song is a wonderful way to make this connection.” Suslenko said in the release.