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.