Music Festival

2017 Interfaith Music Festival

We hope you will join us for another inspiring program and lend your talent as a singer.  We will be singing "Day by Day" by the English composer Martin How directed by Maris Kristapsons, an interfaith anthem "What God Hears" composed and directed by Kevin Becker, and a dynamic Gospel song called "Rejoice!" directed by Tamara Bond Williams, of "All Souls United."   We are pleased to announce that we will be honoring Gretchen Gould for her many years as choir director, composer, and arranger of pieces for the Interfaith Music Festival.

Our Interfaith Choir rehearsal schedule will be:

Sunday, October 8th- 6:30 to 8 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 161 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie.
Sunday, October 22nd7:00 to 8:30 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 161 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie. *Please note later start time for this week.

Sunday, October 29th- 6:30 to 8 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 161 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie.
Sunday, November 5th- 6:30 - 8:30 pm Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, 2381 New Hackensack Rd., Poughkeepsie.

Sunday, November 12th- 42nd Annual Interfaith Music Festival, 2 pm arrival at Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, 2381 New Hackensack Rd., Poughkeepsie.

Become a Music Festival Builder

You can be a part of the Interfaith Music Festival by becoming a
Music Festival Builder.  We still have lots of planning to do, and we can use your help.  Whether you are near or far, whether you plan to attend for the first time or attended long ago, please consider contributing to DCIC to support the Interfaith Music Festival, our largest annual fund raiser.

The 41st Annual Interfaith Music Festival: Many Faiths, Many Voices

Interfaith Music Festival 2016The Interfaith Music Festival, chaired by Carol Becker, is hard at work planning, gathering performers and organizing the rehearsal dates for the Interfaith Choir. 

The Interfaith Music Festival is DCIC's largest annual fundraiser, want to be a sponsor?  Become a Festival Builder!

Interfaith Music Festival Choir: Call for Singers

The Interfaith Music Festival is about bringing people of all different faiths together to share music, what better reason for coming together than singing in a choir? Once again we are reaching out to local choirs and singers to join our Interfaith Choir.

The Interfaith Choir is a combined chorus of individual singers and choirs from various houses of worship that come together for 2-4 songs during the Music Festival.  Songs of various traditions are chosen for the Interfaith Choir to sing, and each piece has it's own director. 

All ranges of singers are needed to round out the choir, Basses and Tenors especially. 

This year we will be performing works composed and directed by Gretchen Gould and Maris Kristapsons, and a Gospel selection directed by Melinda Aaron.

2016 Music Festival Builders: Mary Biasotti, Doris Brown, Alice & Fred Bunnell, Rev. Gail & Emerson Burger, Andrea & Paul Ciminello, Doris Cohen, Barbara Davis, Sarluta Anderson Davis, Kathleen Hall, Muriel Horowitz, Davis Kaplan, Mary Louise & Edward Koziol, Muriel & Matthew Lampell, Lou Lewis, Elaine Lipshutz, Cora Mallory-Davis, Joyce & Joseph Norman, Therese O'Connor, Lilli Zimet

The 2015 Interfaith Music Festival

2015 Interfaith Music FestThe 2015 DCIC Interfaith Music Festival committee, led by co-chairs Ed Koziol and Mary Ann Bahansen, celebrated 40 years of interfaith music festivals.  

The Music Festival was held the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 22nd; typically the date we choose to hold our Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  Instead, we were joining the diverse performances of the music festival and prayerful words of thanks into one program expressing our gratitude to the community for supporting the interfaith music festival for the past 40 years.  It is annually the largest fund raising event for DCIC, the suggested donation per person was $15.  You can also contribute to the Festival by becoming a Music Festival Builder.

The program will included a wonderful sampling of music and performances from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Native American traditions. 

Amy and Andy Huber directed and accompanied the Interfaith Children's Choir (also a special treat) performing the song Sing When the Spirit Says Sing.


Rev. Gail & Emerson Burger
Clare Chapman
Sue Doyle

Alice & Fred Bunnell
MaryLouise & Edward Koziol
Lewis & Greer, PC
Margaret Miller
Therese O'Connor


Miriam Zimet-Aaron
Barbara Davis
Theresa & Steven Giovanniello
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi
Muriel Horowitz
Muriel & Matthew Lampell

Kathleen Hall
Elaine Lipschutz
Ilda Zukowski

2013 Interfaith Music Festival: Let All God's Children Sing at St. Mary's Church, Wappingers Falls

Liturgical DancersShalom Singers
St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Liturgical Dance Ministry, Daughters of Zion Shalom Singers and director Cantor Rena Shapiro

Classical Indian Dancer
Interfaith Youth Choir

Monica Nishtha Sobrin performs a classical Indian dance.


Interfaith Youth Choir directed by Amy Huber
Hindu Samaj SingersInterfaith Choir
Hindu Samaj Singers with guest singers Ed Koziol, Executive Director DCIC, and Music Festival Co-Chair Rev. Gail BurgerInterfaith Choir singing Holy Holy Holy directed by Barbara Davis