Derek Greten-Harrison hired as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Alexandria, VA –Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces that Mr. Derek Greten-Harrison has accepted the position of the Seminary’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. His first day was July 17.

Greten-Harrison comes to VTS from Yale University, where he has worked in admissions and publicity since 2001. For the past eight years he has been the Admissions Coordinator at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

“With his considerable expertise in graduate-level admissions and recruitment, I'm thrilled that Derek is coming to VTS to lead us in reaching out to the next generation of leaders for the church,” said the Rev. Melody D. Knowles, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs,

In his role as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Greten-Harrison will be developing and implementing recruitment strategies to attract prospective students who can help to meet the changing needs of the Church. He follows Mrs. Jan Sienkiewicz who retired in 2016 after a 20 year career at VTS.

Greten-Harrison earned his Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Master of Music in Opera performance from Purchase College, State University of New York, where he was Adjunct Voice Faculty for three years.

The founder and artistic director for Etherea Vocal Ensemble, Greten-Harrison is a published writer with Opera News magazine, as well as a renowned musicologist who has helped in the restoration of original orchestral arrangements from Hollywood musicals of the 1930s – 1960s, collaborating with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, and Chandos Records.


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 193 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at
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