Please join fellow members for this annual event beginning at noon.
Program guest artists include Stevensville native Melvin Machemer, organ; and vocalist Julia Lindsay, Niles, MI.
Mel's performance will include:
- The Organ's Many Moods -
"Recessional" - William Mathias
"Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue" BWV 564 - J. S. Bach
"Aria" from Organ Symphony No. 6, Op. 59 - Louis Vierne
"Thanksgivings" - Matthew Machemer
Melvin A. Machemer
Mel Machemer, a native of Stevensville, Michigan, has been involved in church and school music for 35 years. Mel earned his undergraduate degree from Concordia University Chicago (River Forest) and his M.Mus. in Organ Performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Mel has studied organ with Walter Gresens, Herbert Garske, Herbert Goetsch, Pat Partridge, and Kathleen Thomerson. He served as Director of Music and Teacher in Missouri prior to his arrival at Saint John Lutheran Church in Fraser, Michigan in 1988. He also served as Music Department Chair, Choral Director, and Dean of Chapel at Lutheran High School East in Harper Woods.
Throughout his career, Mel has played organ concerts and hymn festivals at churches in the Midwest. He is also known for his outstanding choirs, whether children, high school, or adult groups. He has led his high school and grade school choirs on annual tours for the last 25 years and Saint John Fraser’s performances of The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival have been seen by capacity audiences for the past 9 years. His select grade school group, the Choristers, were invited to sing at the closing service of the Lutheran Education Association National Conference in 2011 and this spring recorded several pieces for “Worship for Shut-Ins” while on their spring tour.
Mel has led various choral workshops both at local and national levels and has served as a choral and piano/organ adjudicator for elementary school music festivals. He currently serves as the editor of the Children’s Choir Series for Concordia Publishing House.
Mel and his wife, Susan, have been married 35 years and have two sons and two grandchildren. Matthew and Andrea live in Fort Wayne, Indiana with their children, Noah and Ella. Matt is Associate Kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary. Joel is a graphic designer in Southfield, Michigan and also creates music used on several television networks and sports broadcasts.
Julia Lindsay Grenon
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.