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Meet Brielle Ocot


Clifton, NJ


Home Church & Denomination
Bethany Church (Wyckoff, NJ) - Assemblies of God

B.A. Music Performance and Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year
M.A. Music Ministry, 2nd year

Background Information
I grew up 10 miles outside of my favorite city in the world: New York. With a mother who is a teacher and a father who loves good food, I was bound to spend the majority of my childhood traipsing up and down Manhattan in search of the new and exciting - and traipse I did! Growing up next to the city that never sleeps cultivated in me a love of diversity, a taste for adventure, and, of course, a passion for good pizza.

I started playing the piano at age 8 and somehow never stopped. Music, like God, seemed to me as natural as breathing. As I grew in my musicality and my faith, church became one of the main forums in which I developed my skills: I was always accompanying choirs, playing for worship bands, and doing offertories. When it came time to apply for college, the path of the collegiate musician seemed overwhelming and I wondered if my passion could really be a career or if it was only meant to be hobby. Halfway through college, after some significant encounters with the Lord and the bewildered realization that I was still very much a musician even though I wasn’t a music major, I began to understand that my passion was not meant to be a career or a hobby - it was meant to be a calling. My heart had always been committed to God, and I became aware that my music would be as well.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
After college, I spent a year looking at various M.A. Sacred Music programs around the country. In my search, I found that most programs fell into one of two camps: either musically-oriented with little-to-no ministerial training or ministry-oriented with little-to-no musical training. I was looking for a program that had both. In a divine moment that I can only attribute to God and Google, I stumbled upon Garrett-Evangelical’s website and noticed the Music Ministry program; a glance at the degree outline showed a well-balanced program that seemed too good to be true. After a heartfelt conversation with admissions personnel, I applied to the program and was accepted. A subsequent visit to campus that included a breathtaking walk around the lakefront, a spiritually-charged chapel service, and a placating meeting with the financial aid director clinched it: I knew Garrett-Evangelical was where I should be.

Career Plans
Music ministry within the church will always be a facet of my career. As such, I plan on seeking out a job within the music/worship team of a church after graduation. Increasingly, I am also feeling a burden for Christian (academic) education, particularly at the secondary and collegiate levels. As a product of Christian schools, I am a passionate advocate for Christian academic institutions. I would love to one day work in a Christian school or college/university where I can train and mentor young musicians as they seek to blend their music and their faith.


# Lashay 2015-02-28 14:38
Ślub poziomowi istotne wydarzenie w większości społeczeństw.
W brzeżkach europejskich panna młoda zaœ mąż młody
są sprawdzani przez osobę przewodzącą ceremonię, czyli łakną zaczopować małżeństwo – beż obopólnej harmonii małżeństwo
oną zdoła egzystowań niezawartym. Oboje muszą dopełniać
określone kryteria wiekowe, iżby ich zgoda egzystowała w
zapełnia świadoma. Publiczna forma ślubu pozwoli każdemu członkowi społeczności na zgłoszenie protestu, jeœli
jego przekazaniem istnieją okoliczności uniemożliwiając e zaszpuntowanie małżeństwa.

Here is my blog blog ślubny:,przygotowania-do-slubu-blog.html
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