Sonya Subbayya Sutton is the Music Director of the World Bank-IMF Chorus.
her education at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati,
earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance, and a second
Masters in Arts Administration. For more than 25 years Sonya has served
as organist and choirmaster at several churches. Currently she is
Director of Music (Organist and Choir Director) for St. Alban's
Episcopal Church in Washington DC.
She was on the
music faculty of the College of Southern Maryland where she taught
piano and music history and directed the Prince George's Community
Chorus for 7 years. As an organ recitalist she has played at St. Thomas,
Fifth Avenue, St. Albans Abbey, and Washington National Cathedral among
many venues. She has led choirs on four international tours to Italy,
Austria, the Czech Republic and England. Sonya has served on the boards
of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the Royal School of Church
Music. She was invited to participate in ecumenical panels at the
Louisville Seminary and the Calvin Institute that discussed ways to
enliven worship, and writes a weekly contribution to the Daily Cup, a
St. Alban’s blog. Her husband Eugene is the Episcopal Bishop of
Maryland, and their blended family has four children.
Jenny Craley Bland, Assistant Music Director and Rehearsal Accompanist, retired from the World Bank in 1995 after working there as a translator for over three decades. During that period she started out as an alto with the World Bank-IMF Chorus, then served as the group’s accompanist for many years, and spent several more years as its conductor. She also led a madrigal group, Jenny and Friends, which performed lesser known Christmas carols in the Bank’s various lobbies during the holiday season.
Jenny is assistant music director and rehearsal accompanist for the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, has played for the Washington Savoyards for a number of years, and has worked with youth groups at the Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in England. She is also a member of the Ad Hoc Singers.