Samuel P. Clemence, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Hendricks ChapelPhone: (315) 443-2902
Samuel P. Clemence, who agreed to serve has interim dean, starting August 1, 2015, has more than 37 years of teaching experience at Syracuse University in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. His academic work focuses on geotechnical engineering, soils and foundation design, and history of technology. Selected as a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence in 1996, Clemence has received several teaching and professional honors, and has numerous publications.
In addition to his extensive teaching experience at Syracuse University, Clemence has served as a spiritual life group advisor for more than a decade and has been an active member of the University’s Spiritual Life Council. He is well known on campus and at the Chapel and has cultivated positive relationships with all constituents, both staff and students.
Director, Office of Engagement ProgramsPhone: (315) 443-1254
Syeisha Byrd is a native to the City of Syracuse. She earned her associates degree in Human Services at Onondaga Community College and a Bachelors of Science at Keuka College. She earned her Master’s Degree is Social from Syracuse University. Syeisha has over 16 years of experience working with youth and youth organizations in Syracuse. Syeisha is the Director of the Office of Engagement programs where she is able to connect the students with the community that she loves. She provides students the opportunity to engage in different programs that focus of social justices issues all while building sustainable long lasting relationships. She enjoys spending time with family, Zumba, and fishing.
Jose "Peppie" Calvar, DMA
Director of Choral Activities & Hendricks Chapel Choir, Artistic DirectorPhone: (315) 443-4911
Dr. Peppie Calvar is Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. His duties include directing the Hendricks Chapel Choir, teaching freshman music theory, and graduate and upper-class choral literature. His first performance of Holidays at Hendricks was broadcast on WCNY and its radio and television affiliates throughout the region. Calvar holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina.
He performs frequently as a baritone both as a soloist and as a chorister. Recent highlights include singing for high Mass at The Vatican, the Society for New Music, and Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood CA. A frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has worked most recently with the Music Educators Associations in New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, as well as middle and high schools across the East Coast.
An accomplished composer, he has also been commissioned to compose for various organizations including the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, the Charlotte Symphony, The Choir School at St. Peter’s (Charlotte), St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia, The Firebird Arts Alliance, and others. Many of his choral compositions are published by Colla Voce Publications and performed internationally. His recording of his Mass of Reconciliation for chorus, soloists and jazz orchestra is currently available on CDBaby. He annually serves as reader for the AP exam in Music Theory.
Dean's Secretary and Wedding AdministratorPhone: (315) 443-2902
Elizabeth Cronk is a native to the Syracuse area growing up in Liverpool, NY. She earned her associates degree from SUNY Morrisville in 1988 in Secretarial Science. Elizabeth has been employed with the chapel since August 2008. She is the Dean’s Assistant and Wedding/Commitment Ceremony Administrator for Hendricks Chapel. Elizabeth loves helping couples plan their ceremonies at the Chapel ~ give her a call if you’re planning to get married!
She resides in Cicero, NY with her husband Mark and three children - Morgan, Jacob and Charlie.
Scheduling SecretaryPhone: (315) 443-2903
Michelle Larrabee is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Human Services. She has worked at the University for 15 years joining the staff at Hendricks Chapel in 2009 as the Event Coordinator. She enjoys working with people and being busy, and this job certainly incorporates both. She lives in Syracuse with her husband Mark and two daughters Brooke and Jenna.
University OrganistPhone: (315)-443-5043
Annie Laver recently joined the faculty of Syracuse University as Assistant Professor of Organ and University Organist. She comes to the position from Rochester, NY, where she has served as Instructor of Healthy Keyboard Technique and Organ Repertoire, and Coordinator of Organ Outreach Programs at the Eastman School of Music. She has over twelve years of experience in church music, leading volunteer and professional choir programs in a variety of parishes. At Syracuse, Annie teaches organ lessons and classes, coaches the Baroque Chamber Ensemble with Professor Janet Brown, accompanies the Hendricks Chapel Choir, and plays for the Methodist Ecumenical chapel services and special events.
Annie performs frequently in the U. S. and Europe, and has been a featured recitalist and clinician at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music, and the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival. In 2010, she was awarded second prize in the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP).
Annie Laver studied organ with Mark Steinbach as an undergraduate student at Brown University, and spent a year in The Netherlands studying with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. While pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at the Eastman School of Music, she studied with Hans Davidsson, William Porter, and David Higgs.
Business ManagerPhone: (315) 443-5047
Melissa Wike graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics. She has 20 years experience working in both the public and private accounting sectors. She is married with five children and serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Salt City Little League in Liverpool, New York. She enjoys watching her children participate in sports and is actively involved in their academics.
Administrative Assistant / Event CoordinatorPhone: (315) 443-5044
Ginny Yerdon has worked at Syracuse University for the past 19 years at Hendricks Chapel. She has served in a variety of positions from scheduling events to working as administrative assistant and special events coordinator.Ginny has two sons, Michael and Scott, and lives in Liverpool with her husband Elwin.