Director of Music
After four months of weaving together organists and choir director, we are delighted to announce that the Church Council has hired and appointed a Director of Music for Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Dr. Cristiano Rizzotto. He has played on both the organ and piano for the Council, and rehearsed with the choir. He has demonstrated his ability to lead from both the piano and organ, and bring to the church a unique blend of music, history and heritage.
Latvian Brazilian organist Dr. Cristiano Rizzotto Vidal Pessôa (Kris Rizzotto) received a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Dr. Rizzotto graduated with a degree in piano performance in 2010, Magna cum Laude and performed as a concert pianist in Brazil. He attended East Carolina University in North Carolina, as an exchange student of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Once back in Rio to graduate, he was nominated as the organist of the city’s Benedictine Abbey, which houses one of the oldest organs in South America. Dr. Rizzotto returned to Eastern Carolina University in 2011 for the Masters degree program, which is also where he met his Brazilian born wife, Dr. Clara Rizzotto. After completing his master’s degree in North Carolina, he continued his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) at The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma, where he studied under Dr. John Schwand. Interestingly, our former organist, Kenny Vigne, studied with John Schwand, as well.
For the past 3 years, Dr. Rizzotto has served as the organist and choirmaster at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley. Dr. Cristiano and Dr. Clara Rizzotto married in Alaska in 2015 and are now the proud parents of Kristian Walter, born in June 2017.