Student and Junior Club Program
Oct
26
10:30 AM10:30

Student and Junior Club Program

A Pianist will be the guest Artist/Educator at this meeting of Monday Musical Club’s Student and Junior Club for 2019-2020. Students members will be performing a short selection followed by the Artist/educator workshop. Perspective members, elementary school through college, and the public are invited to attend.

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Student and Junior Club Program
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Student and Junior Club Program

Saxophonist Christopher Keech will be the guest Artist/Educator at this meeting of Monday Musical Club’s Student and Junior Club for 2019-2020. Students members will be performing a short selection followed by the Artist/Educator workshop. Perspective members, elementary school through college, and the public are invited to attend.

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88th Annual Candlelight Vespers Service
Dec
1
3:45 PM15:45

88th Annual Candlelight Vespers Service

This year’s celebration includes performances by: Perry Heppler, Organist; The First Congregational Church Bell Choir directed by Brenton Offenbach; Monday Musical Club Chorus - Paula Steuernagel, Director with Melody Prather, Accompanist; The Christmas Story - narrated by Pearl Blaylock. Event is free and open to the Public.

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Student and Junior Club Program
Mar
28
10:30 AM10:30

Student and Junior Club Program

The Merling Trio, strings, will be the guest Artist/Educators at this final meeting of Monday Musical Club’s Student and Junior Club for 2019-2020. Students members will be performing a short selection followed by the Artist/educator workshop. Perspective members, elementary school through college, and the public are invited to attend.

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Student and Junior Club Program
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Student and Junior Club Program

Soprano Sara Emerson will be the guest Artist/Educator at the first meeting of Monday Musical Club’s Student and Junior Club for 2019-2020. Students members will be performing a short selection followed by the Artist/educator workshop. Perspective members, elementary school through college, and the public are invited to attend.

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Aug
25
3:30 PM15:30

MMC Women's Chorus to sing with St. Joseph Municipal Band

The MMC Women’s Chorus has been invited again this year to perform with the St. Joseph Municipal Band at the John Howard Bandshell! On Sunday, August 18 there will be two performances at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Be a part of this long standing St. Joseph tradition of free public music and entertainment during our summers along the St. Joseph river and Lake Michigan.

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MM Student and Junior Club
Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

MM Student and Junior Club

How to Make a Great Audition Recording

Learn the basics of digital recording including microphone types and other recording equipment, how to place microphones for best sound, mastering your recording, and rendering it for the highest quality delivery. Other topics touched on will include principles of good video recording, basic video editing, room acoustics, and how to best prepare yourself for a recording session.

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Jun
4
1:00 PM13:00

Monday Musical Choral Day Program - Public Invited

Monday Musical Club's 2017-2018 season concludes with performances by their Womens Chorus, under the direction of Carrie VanDenburgh, and Wendy Willis, Flute, a former Monday Musical Club Scholarship winner.  Members will enjoy a private luncheon at Noon, followed by the public program at 1 PM at the First Congregational Church at 2001 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph.

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May
7
6:30 PM18:30

National Music Week - Music the Universal Language - Public Invited

An evening celebrating Monday Musical Club's current Student Junior Club Officers, 2018 Scholarship Winners, and past  vocal scholarship recipient Emily Brenner as vocal soloist.  Monday Musical Club takes pride in continuing the legacy of music in our area through supporting Artist/Educator programs and study scholarships/awards to area youth.  Program begins at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 601 Main Street in downtown Saint Joseph. 

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Dec
3
3:45 PM15:45

86th Candlelight Vespers Service - Public Invited

Monday Musical Club's 86th Annual Candlelight Vespers Service will be held December 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church at 609 Court Street in downtown Saint Joseph at 3:45 PM.  This traditional beginning to our holiday season includes performances by: Dr. Karl Schrock, organ; Maggie Barta, Vocal Soloist; and the Monday Musical Club's Womens Chorus under the direction of Paula Steuernagel.   All donations collected at the service are directly forwarded to the Twin Cities Area Good Fellows Fund.

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Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

MMC November 6 Program - Open to the Public

Join us for a "Parade of American Music" featuring the Rufus Ferguson Music Group at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. Group members: Rufus Ferguson, Piano; Madison George, Drums; Ben Schmidt-Swartz, Tenor Sax; and Henry Rensch, Bass; will entertain us with songs of our American Hertitage.

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Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

October 2, 2017 Senior Club Program - Open to the Public

A program featuring romantic and poetic songs for soprano, flute, and piano opens Monday Musical’s 2017/2018 season at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. Soprano Jessica McCormack, flutist Rebecca Hovan, and pianist Mariah Boucher will perform Portrait by Cécile Chaminade, Une Flûte Invisible by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire by André Caplet. Jessica McCormack and Mariah Boucher will perform Will There Really Be A Morning? and If I...from Four Dickinson Songs by Lori Laitman; and Maman, dites-moi, Non, je n’irai plus au bois, and Jeunes Fillettes  from Romances et chansons du XVIII siècle byJean-Baptiste Weckerlin. Rebecca Hovan, accompanied by Mariah Boucher, will perform Nocturne by Lili Boulanger and Poem by Charles T. Griffes. The public is invited to attend the program.

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MMC June Program
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

MMC June Program

Monday Musical Club's June Program features Pianist Ruth Goveia. 

Ruth Goveia will be performing piano solos by Haydn, Debussy, Schubert-Liszt and Chopin. She would like to share her enthusiasm and admiration for these works with the Monday Musical Club audience. Much of Ruth’s enthusiasm started during studies with distinguished pianists such as Edmund Battersby, as well as Béla Siki, Frank Weinstock, and Nils Kayser, with chamber musicians Micu Szigeti and Peter Kamnitzer (La Salle Quartet) and from mentoring received from Steven de Groote.

Her performances in the USA include the Musica Viva Performance Series in Illinois and the New York-based Artur Balsam Chamber Music Project in Wabash, Indiana, as well as at Kalamazoo College, Albion College, and Western Michigan University. In South Africa, she has performed as concerto soloist with major national orchestras and has also featured on South African Radio and Television.

Ruth has broad adjudication experience, which extends to competitions, festivals and performance examinations both in South Africa and the USA. She has served on the selection panel for the University of South Africa’s International Piano Competition and as adjudicator for their National Piano Competition. In Michigan, she has judged for MTNA competitions, and was invited as a clinician for the Gilmore Festival’s “KeysFest” in Kalamazoo.

Ruth has a D.M. from Indiana University-Bloomington, M.Mus. from the University of Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa. She also earned a Performers Licentiate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London.

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Apr
22
10:30 AM10:30

"Music, Poetry, and Romance"

Jessica McCormack

Soprano, Jessica McCormack is Vocal Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Voice at IU South Bend. During the summer, she is a member of the voice faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition to these appointments, she was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame for fall 2016. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.

McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano as part of the Professional Training Workshops series, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Her operatic roles include Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Aurora in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, and Tirsi in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. Her oratorio work includes Carissimi’s Jepthe, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schütz’s Die sieben Worte, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Fauré’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

A featured soloist with the Fort Worth, South Bend, New Brunswick, and Springfield (Ohio) symphonies, she has also sung with the Bach Society of Dayton and was the national winner of the Canadian Music Competition (vocal division). McCormack was also selected as an Emerging Leader by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2012 and 2016. Recent engagements include performances with Oklahoma based TACTUS, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and presentations for the National Opera Association and the Pan-American Vocology Association. She was also a guest teacher-in-residence for Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory during the spring 2016 semester. Engagements in 2017 include recitals and guest teaching appointments in Toronto, Boston, Honolulu, and Hong Kong.

Mariah Boucher

Active as collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and soloist, Boucher serves as the visiting assistant professor of music at Indiana University South Bend. Studying with Martin Katz, Logan Skelton, and Katherine Collier, Boucher completed her M.M. and D.M.A. at the University of Michigan in collaborative piano. 

Boucher has performed the Mendelssohn and Ravel piano concertos with orchestras, as well as solo and collaborative recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists. She has had the opportunity to work closely with composers Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Frank, and Evan Chambers premiering and exploring new music.  As an opera enthusiast, Boucher has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, working with conductors Martin Katz and Mark Gibson. Passionate about the revitalization of the arts in Detroit, she has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter (fl), Lisa Raschiatore (cl), and Jennifer Goltz (voice) to perform at the jazz and art space Trinosophes. She also has joined in numerous opera outreach programs to bring opera to elementary schools throughout the Detroit area.

:Rebecca Hovan recently returned from two seasons as the flutist for the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is on the faculty at Indiana University South Bend and is a member of the National Flute Association, currently serving as Masterclass Performers Competition Coordinator. She has also served the NFA as Chair of the Pedagogy Committee and participated in the preparation of several of the Committee's publications. Rebecca is also co-author of several titles in the award-winning Blocki Flute Method series and remains active composing and arranging music for a variety of instrumental combinations, several of which are in print including Wedding Collection for Flute and Violin and selections from her first CD, A Silver Christmas. As a performer, she has appeared in recital as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the United States, and she has presented numerous pedagogy workshops for the NFA, colleges and universities, professional conferences, and flute festivals. Her training includes a Master of Music from the University of North Texas where she was a Teaching Fellow in Flute and studied with Mary Karen Clardy. www.noteworthyflute.com

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MMC March Program
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

MMC March Program

Kennedy’s Kitchen

Kennedy’s Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals. From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have travelled as far as New York City and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth). They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs . . . adding their own compositions along the way. It's a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving . . . and it's always fun. 

The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player. It's Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart. Joining in is joHn's nephew Liam Ladewski, Theresa Kubiak, Chris O'Brien, Rob Weber, and Jacob Turner.

Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments.

They play fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bohdran, and bass. And they sing. They love to sing.

joHn Kennedy is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and the leader of the band. His rich, deep voice is an instrument unto itself. joHn is the 2004 All-Ireland Fleadh Silver Medalist in Accompaniment, competing on guitar.   He has won numerous Gold and Silver medals in traditional singing and accompaniment at the Midwest Fleadhs. 

joHn's solo CD ‘I'll Learn To Fly’ was chosen by WVPE FM 88.1's Back Porch program as one of the top ten folk releases of 1998.  Other recording credits include: ‘St. Patrick's Day at Notre Dame’, recorded live with David James, Dan Gellert, Kevin and Maggie Henry, Pat Max, and Rosie McCormick; ‘The Notre Dame Experience’ with Nolan Ladewski, Autumn Rhodes and Tim O'Neill on the opening cut of this Piano Brothers production; and ‘Extra Stout, Live at the Inn at Long Trail’ a recording which joHn engineered and produced with Pat Max.  

joHn is a founding member of the traditional Irish band 'Seamaisin' and co-produced two recordings with that group ‘Joseph Harvey's Fiddle was Left in the Rain’ and ‘Seamaisin: Live at The Tin Shop’. Seamaisin also produced music for the sound track of the short-film, Araby, an adaptation of James Joyce's short story of the same name.  Araby was nominated for an Academy Award in the Student Narrative Film category. The band ‘Seamaisin’ can also be heard in one of the scenes from the movie ‘Rudy’.  

joHn is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Chile 79-81), and has a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in Development Economics.  He current pretends to be an economist at Saint Joseph College in Renssallear, IN.

joHn plays a Fender 1100 Acoustic Guitar, usually in DADGAD tuning, a handmade Jim Shenk guitar (Wooden Music), and a Flat Iron Bouzouki.    

Liam Ladewski is a multiple medalist at Midwest Fleadhs on both whistle and flute. He took a first on whistle and second in flute in 2011 and travelled to Ireland for the All-Ireland Fleadh in August 2011, studying with Joanie Madden at the Fleadh Traditional Music School. He has been playing whistle since the age of seven, studying with his uncle joHn. At the age of twelve, he joined the band as a full-time member in the fall of 2008 when his brother Nolan left town to attend college. Liam plays tin-whistles made by Patrick O'Riordan and Colin Goldie, and flutes made by Hammie Hamilton and Patrick Olwell.

Chris O'Brien began classical violin at the age of 9 and later turned to Appalachian and Irish Traditional music. Her early influences include the soulful and rousing tunes of Tommy Peoples from County Donegal, Ireland and the all Irish born Bothy Band.   She has studied fiddle at the Willie Clancy School in Milltown-Malbay, County Clare, Ireland. She is currently employed in art and frame restoration. She is also an avid accomplished gardener, just for the joy of taking care of flowers that have no other place to go. Chris has spent many summers in Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland. Chris plays a Czech fiddle, 1947 unknown maker. Her banjo is believed to be a Lyon and Healy, and is about 100 years old. The mandolin is a lovely, gentle Eastman.

Rob Weber, a musician since the age of twelve, lived in Texas and performed with many of the blues, jazz, and R&B artists for which Texas is famous. His longest tenure was with the renowned 'Midnite Flyer Band', an eight-piece R&B group featuring Jimmy Luke, the Texas R&B singer and harmonica player. On his return to his hometown of South Bend, Rob "fell in" with the session players at the Monday night sessions at Lula's. A writer with a novel and hundreds of short stories and novellas to his credit, Rob was completely taken with the story telling qualities of Irish music. "The cultural similarities of the Irish and the Jewish peoples have many touchpoints: the value of family, the home, music, and the traditions of passing on the legends, myths, and the histories from one generation to the next." Rob was ordained as a Rabbi in 2012.  Rob plays basses made by Birdsong.

Jacob Turner joined the band in the summer of 2011 after the retirement of founding bodhran player Bob Harke. Prior to joining the Kitchen, Jacob studied bohdran with joHn for three years. Jacob is a multiple medalist at the Midwest Fleadhs. In 2011, he placed second at the Midwest fleadh in his age group (aged 14) and that following summer travelled to Ireland to compete at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan. Jacob's bodhran was made by Mike Quinlan.

Theresa Kubiak is the newest member of The Kitchen, having joined in September of 2016. Before joining the band, Theresa began playing tin-whistle at the age of 6 under the instruction of joHn Kennedy and Nolan Ladewski. She is a multiple medalist on the tin-whistle at the Midwest Fleadhs. In 2016, she placed first in her age category, qualifying her for the All-Ireland Fleadh. Later that summer, she travelled to Ennis, Ireland to compete in the All-Irelands. During her time there, she studied under the guidance of Joanie Madden at the Fleadh Traditional Music School. Theresa plays Pat O'Riordan and Colin Goldie tin-whistles, and a flute by Desi Seery.

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