Rev. Natalia de Rezendes, is an interfaith minister and longtime music teacher. After decades of training students and serving on the faculty of area colleges, de Rezendes found herself behind a desk again this year, studying to receive her second master’s degree in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the age of 74.
She taught voice and piano for many years at One Voice Studio, stepping back from active teaching in 2018. In recent years, she found a second career as an interfaith minister, offering wedding ceremonies and other services for couples and families.
De Rezendes graduated from St. Clare High School in 1965. She studied music and Spanish at Rhode Island College and received her first master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1978. She worked as a music teacher in the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and served on the faculties of Dean College and Roger Williams University, eventually founding her own voice studio out of her home.
Raised Catholic, she said she was always drawn to spirituality through her music. She worked with many faith-based music groups over the years, often crossing denominations in pursuit of musical opportunities. “I’ve been a church and synagogue musician since my early 20s,” she said. “My interest with world religions comes about through my experience as a church musician.”
In 2021, she began pursuing her master’s in divinity with a concentration in music from All Faiths Seminary, located in New York. Her 57-page thesis, focused on mysticism in classic and contemporary music.