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.
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.
A rare opportunity to enjoy the talents of University of Michigan Associate Professor and Chair of Piano Christopher Harding. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, in downtown Saint Joseph.
Experience the unique traditions of China through an evening with the Chinese Dancers and Violin Ensemble, featuring Li Wang (a Monday Musical Student Junior Club Adviser) on violin. The event begins at 2 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave., in St. Joseph. Note the new time and location for this program.
Join us for an afternoon showcasing the St. Joseph High School Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Burke Lokey, and the St. Joseph High School Show Choir, under the direction of Beth Gray Roll, beginning at 2 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 601 Main Street in downtown St. Joseph.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Monday Musical's February Program takes place on Monday, February 6th, 1:00 PM, at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave. in St. Joseph. This afternoon program features Maurice Scott accompanied by David Brock, and an organ performance by Paul Flyger.
Paul Flyger, received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance from Andrews University, studying with Dr. C. Warren Becker and later with Dr. Kenneth Logan. Post-graduate studies are with Dr. Karl Schrock of Western Michigan University. He was organist at the Pilgrim Congregational UCC Church and has now been organist at the First Congregational UCC Church in St. Joseph for the past 2 years. He is now the Director of Music Ministry at First Congregational Church and directs the Alleluia and Jubilate Ringers and the Kids Connection Choir each week. Mr. Flyger teaches piano and piano classes at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor and currently maintains a private piano studio in addition to his church work.
Maurice Scott developed a love for singing at an early age. He joined the school choir in fourth grade and remained until he graduated high school. Maurice attended North Carolina A. & T. State University under a music scholarship where he obtained a B.S. Degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice. He was a featured soloist in the A. & T. Choir and received the Margaret R. Tynes Award for vocal excellence upon graduation. Maurice moved to Michigan in 1972 and served as the elementary music teacher for Bangor Public Schools for many years and briefly directed the high school choir.
After retiring from Bangor Schools in 2010, Maurice was the director of the Benton Harbor College Access network for two years. He currently works as an office assistant at W. M. U. Southwest where he continues to help students obtain their college education.
Maurice sings with the Wilsonian Male Chorus at Second Baptist Church in Benton Harbor where he attends. He also sings at weddings, special events in the area and for other programs upon invitation. His family, wife Priscilla, son Morrice and daughter Keisha, also have musical talents that they display in their worship services. Maurice’s baritone voice has brought joy and peace to many who have heard him sing.
Monday Musical Club’s 85th Annual Candlelight Vesper Service takes place Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:45 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph. The program includes the Monday Musical Club Chorus under the direction of Julia Lindsay and accompanied by Esther Shoemaker. Award winning organist Frederick Hohman will be featured and the Monday Musical Junior Club President, Nathanael Mitchell, will be the vocal soloist. MMC Member Pearl Blaylock will read the Christmas Story from the Scriptures. The program ends with the audience participating in singing The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, accompanied by Frederick Hohman and Esther Shoemaker.
Frederick Hohman is known as a concert organist, and also as a composer of organ and choral music, a creator of organ transcriptions, and a classical music audio-video producer / engineer; therefore, his contributions to the organ music field span many facets. Frederick earned the Performer's Certificate, Mus.B., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees while in the organ class of David Craighead at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. In 1984, he won First Prize in two prestigious organ competitions, each named after a legendary American organ professor: Clarence Mader and Arthur Poister.
Since 1984, Frederick's concert tours have taken him throughout the USA, and to the Caribbean, Australia, the UK and Finland, where he has appeared in venues ranging from the largest and most opulent to the most humble and intimate. He has performed before regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), The Organ Historical Society, and The American Institute of Organbuilders.
The audio recording label Pro Organo was founded by Frederick in 1985. In the 30 years of the label's existence, Frederick has overseen the production and release of nearly 300 titles (featuring organ and choral music) including about a dozen releases where he appears as both producer and artist. Frederick built the label's audio & video post-production facility, Zarex HD, in South Bend, Indiana in 1996. In the late 1990s, Frederick expanded upon his audio production experience by producing a television series about organs and organists, entitled "Midnight Pipes." Segments of this series are seen today on YouTube, where one segment, of his performance of the Toccata from the Fifth Organ Symphony by Charles-Marie Widor, has topped 1.1 million views. www.youtube.com/midnightpipes
Acclaimed by a critic with The Diapason magazine as "one of the symphonic organ's strongest exponents," Frederick championed the cause of the Symphonic School of Organ-Playing during the 1980s, during a time when it is was not well known or understood. His 1984 doctoral essay, "The Art of the Symphonic Organist," and his 1985 CD "Lemare Affair" ignited a revival in symphonic organ literature and performance practices. This led to his first organ transcription publications, and to the appearance of sequel "Lemare Affair" CDs as well as a popular organ CD entitled "SympHohmania."
Frederick Hohman's organ transcriptions and original organ music can be found published by Wayne Leupold Editions - www.wayneleupold.com - and by Zarex Scores. He has also penned music under the nom de plume "Carlos Xavier Santiago." Works for organ and orchestra - penned under both identities - were premiered to a warm reception with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Joseph Schlefke, before the 2008 Twin Cities National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Since 2008, Fred has become active at the national level in The American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has served as the Director of the AGO's Committee on Educational Resources and presently serves as AGO's Director of the Committee on Continuing Professional Education, to which he brings both his academic and well as manufacturing and publishing experience. His volunteer efforts have helped the AGO to develop, publish and distribute to its membership timely and relevant educational resources in print, on CD, on DVD, and on-line.
Frederick has served as an adjudicator at several noted national and international organ-playing competitions, including the Arthur Poister competition (2011), Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition and Festival / USA (1997-2011 ASOF), the Fort Wayne National Organ-Playing Competition, and the Herbert Davis State Organ Prize (2000-Victoria, Australia).
When not on tour with concerts or recordings, Frederick works in his music studio, shared with spouse Elizabeth, where he practices on a D280 C. Bechstein piano, and a Hauptwerk-converted, 1927-vintage, 4-manual Austin organ console.
Frederick Hohman's independent, entrepreneurial American artist's life became a lead story in the issues of The Organ and Choir & Organ, two of the British organ trade "glossies."
Julia Lindsay Grenon has been performing as a soprano soloist since she was four years old. As with many performers, she began performing in her father's churches and at many campmeetings. Her first solo concert was given at the age of 16 in the Hyattsville, MD SDA Church where her father was the senior pastor.
In 1984 and 1985, Julia traveled the United States in a motorhome giving sacred music concerts in churches all over the country: touring included traveling as far north as Michigan, as far south as Florida, up the east coast and as far west as Colorado.
In January 1986, she made her way to Berrien Springs, MI to attend Andrews University and completed her degree in August 1987 when she was awarded a Masters Degree in Music Performance. At this time, Julia was hired by the AU Department of Music where she served for the next 28 years as a music instructor and Coordinator of the Vocal area.
Julia Lindsay Grenon has served not only as a soprano soloist, but served many years as Assistant Choral Director for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Dr. Robert Vodnoy; her service has also been as soprano in several small vocal ensembles, producer/director of several musicals, opera works and operettas, a number of church musician positions and in many choruses. Her solo and choral singing have taken her all over the world to many countries as well as through our own United States of America.
Julia Lindsay currently freelances in various music projects, performs as soprano soloist and spends more time with her husband, George,and "kids" Chip, Gabe, Lady and Casey. She counts it a privilege to work with the lovely ladies of Monday Musical.
Monday Musical Club's November Program presents the Jazzmin II Quintet featuring Steve Reed on trumpet and Larry Schanker on piano; and Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge, Katherine Rohwer, and Carrie VanDenburgh as The Three Divas. The program is Monday, November 7th, 6:30 PM at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph.
Jazzmin II is a swingin' jazz quintet featuring members of the local Lake Effect Jazz Big Band and guest artists. The quintet has been together for six years and plays jazz standards and classics from the "Great American Songbook” including swing tunes, bossas, ballads, and popular jazz tunes going all the way back to the 20's and 30's.
Jazzmin II is led by Steven Reed on trumpet and flugelhorn, and features Christopher Keech on saxophones, Tim King on standup bass, Chuck Hartzell on drums, and pianist/composer Larry Schanker.
Reed has been on the music scene in the twin cities area for over 40 years teaching music at St. Joseph High School and performing in numerous jazz and classical organizations in and out of the area during those years. In retirement he is now conducting the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band and fronting the Jazzmin II quintet.
Christopher Keech is one of the top jazz saxophonists in the area and is a soloist with the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, Ed Bagatini's jazz groups, and many others. Chris teaches at Coloma Public Schools, and is an adjunct saxophone teacher at Lake Michigan College, Andrews University and Southwest Michigan College.
Tim King is a well known musician in the area and excels on double bass, electric bass and woodwinds. Tim teaches at the Citadel Music Center and runs his own sound and recording business.
Chuck Hartzell is a local business owner and jazz drummer extraordinaire performing tasty rhythmic accompaniment in large and small combos. Chuck was the drummer in the original Jazzmin quintet formed in the late 1970's.
Larry Schanker is an exceptional musician, pianist and composer. Larry teaches music at the Brookview Montesori School and is also the head administrator at the school this year. He has written numerous arrangements and compositions and is in demand literally around the world.
The Three Divas sing the music of Mozart, Hahn, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart using their background in opera, musical theatre and Jazz to entertain the Southwest Michigan area.
Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge, soprano, holds a Bachelors of Music in Choral Education from Western Michigan University and a Certificate of Musical Theatre Professional Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is the Choral Director at Coloma Community Schools. Rebecca has performed with various ensembles including: Gold Company under Dr. Steve Zegree, WMU Chorale, and VOICES LMC as well as regional and local theatre productions such as Sandy in Grease!, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Mother in SMSO's Ragtime, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. She has been musical director for TCP's Sound of Music, CMW's Hairspray, and TeenStock's summer productions including Les Miserablés and Spamalot; most recently directing Xanadu.
Rebecca has performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Toronto and has appeared on several albums including: Gold Company's Who Could Ask for Anything More and 30; Tim Hauser's Love Stories, and Ditties for Kiddies, a benefit CD for Little Kids Rock. She was writer/producer/performer for A Woman's World Cabaret at Danny's Skylight in New York City and other local cabaret productions. She has performed pop and jazz charts at such venues as The Cutting Room, The Triad, and Studio One in New York City. Rebecca was co-singer/songwriter for the band Stoney End, a back-up singer for the Erin Hill Band and is a BMI affiliated songwriter. She enjoys performing with her "diva" friends in the group, Three Divas of Southwest Michigan. For more information, please go to our website: ThreeDivas.us
Carrie VanDenburgh, soprano, is a California native who grew up in a musical family, studying piano and violin from an early age. Although she loved to sing and grew up singing in choirs, she never thought it was something she would pursue until her high school choir teacher gave her a solo. Following her graduation from high school, Carrie studied with Dr. Genevieve Kibble at Pacific Union College for two years before transferring to Andrews University to study under the tutelage of Mr. Stephen Zork. Carrie completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2000 and obtained her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2002, both from Andrews University.
Carrie has been the soloist for Bach’s Magnificat, John Rutter’s Gloria, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, played a role in the musical Godspell, and was Julie in the musical Carousel and Marian Paroo in The Music Man with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. VanDenburgh was also a winner in the Young Artist Competition, 2000 and 2001.
She has taught at Bridgman High School as the choral director and at Lake Michigan College where she taught aural comprehension, music theory, and voice lessons. Currently, Carrie VanDenburgh is the choir teacher at Berrien Springs Middle and High School where her choirs continually receive Excellent ratings at the district and state level. She is also the Choir Director at Harbert Community Church.
Katherine Rohwer, mezzo soprano, received her degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University, studying under Elizabeth Cowan and Kenneth Prewitt. Her performance credits from Western Michigan University include the roles of Dorabella from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Meg Page from Verdi’s Falstaff, and Mrs. Anderssen from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She has been a featured soloist with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, performing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and served as the alto section leader. As a member of the World Youth Choir, Katherine explored and performed a vast array of musical styles in Italy, Switzerland, France, Thailand, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Spain and Namibia, where she sang under the direction of conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Gunnar Eriksson, and Bob Chilcott. Katherine is currently the Director of Choirs at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI.
Monday Musical Club's October program features Nicholas Susi, National and Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Piano Award Winner, performing a piano recital. The program takes place Monday, October 3, 2016, 6:30 PM at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph.
The program includes the following selections:
Sonata in C major, K. 159 Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
La regata veneziana (Notturno) Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
trans. Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Figaro’s Cavatina Gioachino Rossini
from The Barber of Seville trans. Grigory Ginzburg (1904-1961)
Sonata in F-sharp major, K. 318 Domenico Scarlatti
Les jeux d’eaux a la Villa d’Este Franz Liszt
Sonata in F-sharp major, K. 319 Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F major, K. 379 Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F minor, K. 466
Gymnopédie no. 1 Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Sonata in D major, K. 96 Domenico Scarlatti
Luftklavier Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Sonata in D minor, K. 141 Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D major, K. 214
La danza (Tarantella napoletana) Gioachino Rossini
trans. Franz Liszt
Nicholas Susi has performed extensively as recitalist, soloist, and accompanist across the United States and Europe. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he continued his piano studies at the University of Kansas (B.M. Piano, minor in German), the University of Michigan (M.M. Piano), and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a two-time DAAD grantee. Primary teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Jack Winerock, Zitta Zohar, Arthur Greene, and Nina Tichman. Nicholas is currently based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is studying with Arthur Greene as he completes work on his doctorate at the University of Michigan.
Recent performance highlights include two concerts for the Princess von Hohenzollern at her castle in Namedy, Germany, his performance at the TivoliVrendenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands during the semifinals of the 2014 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and 2nd place at the 2014 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition. Past recognitions also include 1st prize at the international 2013 Klavierfestival Rösrath competition, 2nd prize at the 2009 King Award for Young Artists Competition, 1st prize in the 2008 Spire Piano Competition, 1st prize in the University of Kansas’s Mary O. Fearing Competition, and numerous scholarships and grants for musical study. Nicholas was the 2009 winner of the Eleanor B. Weiler & Mildred B. Frame grant from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, which funded his travel, study, and performance of Debussy’s piano music at the Cité Universitaire de Paris. Other noteworthy appearances include Klavierfestival Ruhr, a concert tour of the Niederrhein region of Germany, concerto solos with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Orchester der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Omaha Symphony, Wiener Residenz Orchester, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, as well as masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Vladimir Feltsman. Summer music festivals have enabled him to study and perform in Canada, France, Italy, and Austria.
Melvin Machemer, Organ
Please join us in celebrating the National Federation of Music Clubs NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK featuring the Monday Musical Club Chorus, Julia Lindsay, conductor; piano, voice, and violin performances by the MMC Junior Scholarship winners; and the MMC Student and Junior Club officers.
My Spirit Sang All Day, Gerald Finzi
A Prayer Before Singing, Dan Foresst
Cantate Domino, Claudio Monteverdi
Salmo 150, Ernesto Aguiar
Jessica Admave, Mezzo Soprano
Somewhere That’s Green, from Little Shop of Horrors, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Four Alice Parker arrangements:
Saints Bound For Heaven
Come Away To the Skies
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Anthony Tibbitts, Tenor
Allerseelen, Richard Strauss
Carmina Burana (Excerpts), Carl Orff:
Fortune plango vulnera
Miranda Stepka, Soprano
I Has Never Seen Snow, from House of Flowers, by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Moonglow, Will Hudson, Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills, arranged Darmon Meader
Lullaby, Billy Joel, arranged by Mac Huff
She Will Be Loved, Adam Levine and James Valentine,
arranged by Deke Sharon and Robert Dietz
Famine Song, by Vida
Wanting Memories, Ysaye M. Barnwell
Rockin’ Jerusalem, arranged by André Thomas
She Walks in Beauty, Paul Mealor
Elijah Rock, Moses Hogan
Former Monday Musical Club Junior Scholarship winners, Ashley Ke and Megan Guldan.
Kenneth Logan teaches topics in organ studies and in music technology at Andrews University. He also serves as Minister of Music and Organist of Pioneer Memorial Church. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he held teaching positions at Highland View Academy, Walla Walla College and Canadian University College.
He obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance (1980) and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Andrews University (1984). His Doctor of Musical Arts degree with honors is in organ performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1992).
At the University of Michigan, he held research and teaching positions both in organ and in music theory, undertaking major curriulum-development assignments associated with graduate courses in the organ music of Franz Liszt and Olivier Messiaen. In 1988, Dr. Logan commenced an extensive study of poetic texts used in sacred music in early America to 1810, in association with the eminent American musicologist Richard Crawford. Augsburg Fortress published his handbell composition In Quietness and in Confidence in 1991. The Voice of Prophecy commissioned him to complete an organ composition We Have This Hope: A Suite for Sabbath Services in honor of Wayne Hooper's 80th birthday (2000). His organ work Regalia: A Grand Processional on DIADEMATA was commissioned in 1999 by Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen for university commencements, and premiered in May, 2001.
Dr. Logan has special interests in the chorale-based literature of the German Baroque, the organ music of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century Paris, and present-day organ design. He also cultivates a keen interest in the creative use of free and hymn-based organ improvisation to unify and invigorate the worship service. Other interests in music include computer music notation, music sequencing, and organ performance assisted by electronic media.
Louis Nagel combines an active concert and teaching schedule and is noted for his lecture-recitals by musicians and non-musicians alike. He has performed in highly acclaimed solo recitals and concerto concerts in major American and European cities. He has taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp, International Music Camp in Poland, Adamant Music School, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. He is the director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Outreach Program, advisor to the Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree program, the Interim Piano Department Chair, and has been on the faculty since 1969.
Professor Nagel is a sought-after presenter at state and national conferences with lecture-recitals at National Music Teachers' Association conventions in Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City. He is often invited as a state convention artist and has appeared in other forums throughout the United States. He is a member and former board member of the American Liszt Society and often performs at its annual festivals including the Great Romantics Festival at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Louis Nagel has collaborated with his wife, psychologist, psychoanalyst and musician, Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel, at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Professor Nagel is a Steinway artist, and has performed in Steinway Hall in New York as well as numerous times for the Steinway music stores in Michigan. He has recorded Four Centuries of J. S. Bach for Equilibrium, Music of C.P.E. Bach and Joseph Haydn for Block M.
His three degrees from The Juilliard School include studies with Rosina Lhevinne, Josef Raieff, and Joseph Bloch. Subsequent to his studies at The Juilliard School was a summer of coaching with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Recent performances have included Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Florence, Italy and four programs devoted to the piano sonatas of Schubert at Kerrytown. In March he will be presenting a program on the French Suites of Bach at the Music Teachers National Association National Convention in New York.
David Abbott has been Professor of Piano at Albion College since 2005. Previously he lived for ten years in Switzerland where he was frequently heard both as soloist and collaborative artist through Switzerland, Germany and on tours in Australia as a member of the Swiss Chamber Soloists. His recording with that ensemble on the Swiss Claves label of Schumann’s piano quartet and quintet won the coveted Prix d’or prize for that year’s outstanding chamber music recording.
Dr. Abbott has dedicated a great deal of his career as mentor and teacher, serving on the faculties of the Zürich and Schaffausen Conservatories of Music (Switzerland), and earlier at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2010, he was asked to serve on the faculty of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a sabbatical replacement for Edmund Battersby. He has also directed summer courses in both piano and chamber music in Europe as well as in the United States for over 25 years. In 2003, he founded the Con Brio Music Academy at the Hindemith Music Center in Blonay, Switzerland where he works with students across Europe and from the United States in piano and chamber music.
In 2011, Dr. Abbott was invited to teach and perform in the Republic of China (Taiwan) and also appeared in recitals with his wife Lia Jensen-Abbott in France and Switzerland. He was awarded a Bronze medal and two special prizes at the 1980 International Music Competition in Geneva. A graduate of the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music, Dr. Abbott remains active in historically informed performance practice as a result of work with renowned fortepianist Malcolm Bilson. He recently completed a two-CD recording project of solo and chamber music by 20th-century composer Dmitri Shostakovitch.
Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott brings a background steeped in the humanities to her piano playing and lectures. In addition to her many performance activities, her current research interests include Beethoven, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, and Florence Price, as well as incorporating semiotic research into piano pedagogy. Dr. Jensen-Abbott was invited to participate in the International Mendelssohn Piano Competition in Taurisano, Italy in 2009 where she reached the third round. In 2005 she taught and performed at the Con Brio Music Festival in Blonay, Switzerland. She has appeared as a clinician for The Gilmore Festival Keys Fest as well as a sought after performer and adjudicator around Michigan. She has also taught at The Gilmore Piano Camp and presented lecture recitals at Murray State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Western Michigan University, and Wayne State University. In January 2011 she performed recitals in Zurich and Paris. January 2012 began with a lecture recital atthe Hawaii University International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. In February, 2012, Lia made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Additionally, Dr. Jensen-Abbott is active in the Michigan Music Teachers’ Association, where she has served for four years as the coordinator of the state MTNA competition.
During the summer of 2012, Dr. Jensen-Abbott completed her first professional recording—Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’sDas Jahr. In July 2012, Lia taught theory, keyboard skills, and piano literature at the Western Michigan University Seminar. She has also been a grader for the AP Music Theory Exam, attended the Music Theory Midwest’s annual conferences, and numerous piano pedagogy conferences. Lia holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BM, DMA), The Pennsylvania State University (MM piano performance and pedagogy; MA theory and history), and Indiana University (performer diploma). She has studied with Timothy Shafer, Edmund Battersby, and Jeremy Denk. Currently, she teaches at Albion College where she has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music since 2008. She and her husband David are co-founders of the Albion College Piano Festival and Competition, which has grown to a four-day event with over eighty national and international participants.
Pianist Christopher Harding maintains a flourishing international performance career, generating acclaim and impressing audiences and critics alike with his substantive interpretations and pianistic mastery. He has given frequent solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in venues as far flung as the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei, the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, and halls and festival appearances in Newfoundland, Israel, Romania, and China. His concerto performances have included concerts with the National Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the San Angelo and Santa Barbara Symphonies, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic, working with such conductors as Andrew Sewell, Eric Zhou, Taijiro Iimori, Gisele Ben-Dor, Fabio Machetti, Randall Craig Fleisher, John DeMain, Ron Spiegelman, Daniel Alcott, and Darryl One, among others. His chamber music and duo collaborations have included internationally renowned artists such as clarinetist Karl Leister, flautist Andras Adorjan, and members of the St. Lawrence and Ying String Quartets, in addition to frequent projects with his distinguished faculty colleagues at the University of Michigan. He has recorded solo and chamber music CDs for the Equilibrium and Brevard Classics labels. He has additionally edited and published critical editions and recordings of works by Claude Debussy (Children's Corner, Arabesques and shorter works) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Viennese Sonatinas) for the Schirmer Performance Editions published by Hal Leonard.
Professor Harding has presented master classes and lecture recitals in universities across the United States and Asia, as well as in Israel and Canada. His most recent tours to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China included presentations and master classes at Hong Kong Baptist University, National Taiwan Normal University, SooChow University, the National Taiwan University of Education, and conservatories and universities in Beijing (Central and China Conservatories), Tianjin, Shanghai, Hefei, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Dalien, and Chongqing. He has additionally performed and lectured numerous times in Seoul, including lecture recitals and classes at Seoul National University, Ewha Women's University, and Dong Duk University. He has served extended tours as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China (2008), and also at Seoul National University (2011). While teaching at SNU, he simultaneously held a Special Chair in Piano at Ewha Womans' University.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate piano performance and chamber music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Harding also serves on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer Piano Academy and is a frequent guest artist and teacher at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, IN. Recent summer festivals have also included the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa, Florida.
Harding was born of American parents in Munich, Germany and raised in Northern Virginia. His collegiate studies were with Menahem Pressler and Nelita True. Prior to college, he worked for 10 years with Milton Kidd at the American University Department of Performing Arts Preparatory Division, where he was trained in the traditions of Tobias Matthay. He has taken 25 first prizes in national and international competitions and in 1999 was awarded the special "Mozart Prize" at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, given for the best performance of a composition by Mozart. His current recording projects include the Brahms viola/clarinet sonatas and the clarinet trio, with clarinetist Dan Gilbert, violist Stephen Boe, and cellist Yeonjin Kim.
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