Monday Musical Club 2017 Student Scholarship Awards

Monday Musical Club awarded six summer music camp scholarships to members of its Junior Club at the annual Junior Scholarship Competition on Sunday, January 29th at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.  Each scholarship applicant’s performance was judged on accuracy/memory, technique, interpretation and musicality by a team of judges that included Karen Kness, Assistant Professor of Voice at Western Michigan University; Joanna Steinhauser, adjunct string faculty for Kalamazoo College; and Annie Leong, a member of the Michigan Music Teachers Association.   Scholarships were awarded to Lily Goldberger, Megan Guldan, Nathanael Mitchell, James Schweitzer, Chiara Thrum, and Kathy Zhang.

Lily Goldberger, the daughter of Peggy and Arnold Goldberger, is a senior at Allegan High School. She is a piano student of Laurie Marshall.  Lily received The Monday Musical Club (MMC) Sullivan Scholarship for Piano Collegiate Summer Music Seminar.





Megan Guldan, the daughter of John and Cathleen Guldan, is a sophomore at St. Joseph High School. She is a piano student of Laurie Marshall. Megan received The MMC Parr/Blohm Scholarship for Piano Collegiate Summer Music Seminar.






Nathanael Mitchell, the son of Steven and Wendy Mitchel, is a junior at Lakeshore High School.  He is a vocal student of Laurie Marshall. Nathaniel received The MMC Betty Burgoyne Voice Scholarship to the WMU Seminar 2017.







James Schweitzer, the son of Jason and Watchawan Schweitzer, is a 7th grade student and is homeschooled. He is a piano student of Laurie Marshall. James received The MMC Scholarship Fund Award for Piano Collegiate Summer Music Seminar.







Chiara Thrum, the daughter of Marc and Claire Thrum, is a freshman at Lakeshore High School. She is a piano student of Laurie Marshall. Chiara received The MMC Sullivan Scholarship for Piano Collegiate Summer Music Seminar






Kathy Zhang, the daughter of Zheng Zhang and Charlene Jiang, is a sophomore at St. Joseph High School. She is a student of Professor Stephen Shipps at the University of Michigan. Kathy received The MMC Joyce Gouwens Scholarship for Violin to University of Michigan Cambridge International String Academy 2017.






The scholarship winners will perform at Monday Musical’s National Music Week Celebration program on May 1st, 2017, at the Heritage Center.

Tenney Miller Remembered...

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, Tenney Miller.

Tenney is a former Michigan Federation of Music Clubs President and Monday Musical Club President and served on the national, state, and local levels. However, her love and devotion was for the Junior Club, where she championed for education and scholarship. She loved attending Student and Junior Club performances and never failed to praise students.  Her enthusiasm was infectious! Her dedication to the annual National Music Week celebration was honored annually by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Her love for music was only shadowed by her faith and love for her family. She will be greatly missed.


Vespers Service Good Fellow Donation

Karla Armstrong Hake, President of the Monday Musical Club, presented a check in the amount of $1198 to David Holgate, Publisher of the Herald-Palladium, for the Good Fellow Fund on Friday, December 16th, 2016. The money was collected at the 85th Annual Candlelight Vespers Service presented by Monday Musical on Sunday, December 4th.

Monday Musical Welcomes National and Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Piano Award Winner

A performance by the National and Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Piano Award Winner opens Monday Musical’s 2016/2017 season on Monday, October 3rd, 6:30 PM, at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI. Nicholas Susi will present a piano recital featuring works by Domenico Scarlatti, Gioachino Rossini, Franz Liszt, Erik Satie, and Luciano Berio. The public is invited to attend this exceptional program.

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.

National Music Week Celebration

Please join us in celebrating National Music Week on Monday, May 2nd, 6:30 PM at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, Saint Joseph, MI.

This ALL-CLUB event will feature the Monday Musical Club Chorus with conductor Julia Lindsay Grenon, the Monday Musical Junior Club Scholarship winners, and the 2015-2016 MM Student and Junior Club officers.

Performances include choral, piano, violin, cello, and voice.  See program below including bios.

National Music Week Celebration: “Music…Notes to the Future”

“Music…Notes to the Future”

Fangbo Yuan

Student and Junior Club Immediate Past President


Waltz in a minor, Op. 77, No. 9                                            Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Eric Guldan, Piano

Student and Junior Club President


Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007                  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Angela Chen, Cello

Student and Junior Club Communications Chair


Nocturne in C# minor, Op. Posthumous, No. 20           Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Lily Ann Goldberger, Piano

Student and Junior Club Photographer


 Sonata, No. 11, KV 331                                       Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

    Theme, Variation I & VI

Chiara Thrum, Piano

Monday Musical Scholarship for Piano

Student and Junior Club Treasurer


“Music Be the Food of Love”                                                 Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

 “Le Secret”                                                                              Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

Nathanael Mitchell, Voice

Betty Burgoyne Voice Scholarship

Student and Junior Club First Vice President


 Concerto No.3 in G Major                          Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Avery Shepherd, Violin

Forrest Miesse, Piano

Parr/Blohm Scholarship for Violin

Student and Junior Club Recording Secretary


Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3                   Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Allegro con brio

Megan Guldan, Piano

Sullivan Scholarship for Piano

Student and Junior Club Second Vice President


Symphonie espagnole Opus 21                                  Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)

Kathy Zhang, Violin

Joyce Gouwens Scholarship for Violin

Student and Junior Club Community Service Chair


MMC Call for Officer and Chair Nominations

Your nominating committee is working on the upcoming slate for service on the board and other committee positions for the year 2016-2017. Please visit our website where our Bylaws are printed and view the descriptions for each position. 
Many of you have talents or skills that will be useful to our organization. We invite those of you who are interested to contact a member of the nominating committee with suggestions or ideas. 
Nominating Committee Chair Sandra Nye, check your directory for her email address, for all nominations and inquiries.

Monday Musical Club, Inc. Announces the 2016 Junior Scholarship Recipients

Monday Musical Club awarded five summer music camp scholarships to members of its Junior Club at the annual Junior Scholarship Competition on Sunday, January 24th at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.  Each scholarship applicant’s performance was judged on accuracy/memory, technique, interpretation and musicality by a team of judges from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana.  Scholarships were awarded to Megan Guldan, Nathanael Mitchell, Avery Shepherd, Chiara Thrum, and Kathy Zhang.

Megan Guldan, daughter of John and Cathleen Guldan and a freshman at St. Joseph High School, was awarded the Sullivan Scholarship for Piano to the Western Michigan University (WMU) Seminar 2016.   Megan performed Sinfonia XI in g minor, BWV 797 (three-part invention) by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Etude in D major, Op. 46 No. 12 “Shimmering Waters” by Stephen Heller for the competition.  She is a student of a Laurie Marshall and serves as the Second Vice President of the Junior Club.

Nathanael Mitchell, son of Steven and Wendy Mitchell and a sophomore at Lakeshore High School, was awarded the Betty Burgoyne Voice Scholarship to the WMU Seminar 2016.  Nathanael sang If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell, Per La Gloria d’adorarvi by Giovanni Battista Bononcini, and The Secret by Gabriel Faure’. He is a student of Laurie Marshall and is the First Vice President of the Junior Club.

Avery Shepherd, daughter of Julia Shepherd, is a freshman at St. Joseph High School. She was awarded the Parr/Blohm Scholarship for Violin to WMU Seminar 2016. Avery performed Presto from Sonata no.1 in g minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Violin Concerto in G Major by Joseph Haydn. She is a student of Li Wang and is the Recording Secretary of the Junior Club.

Chiara Thrum is the daughter of Marc and Claire Thrum and an 8th grade student at Lakeshore Middle School.  Chiara received the Special Fund Scholarship for Piano to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  Chiara performed Invention in c minor, BWV 773 (two-part invention) by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Venetian Gondola Song, Op 19, No 6, U78 by Felix Mendelssohn. She is a student of Laurie Marshall and is the Junior Club Treasurer.

Kathy Zhang, the daughter of Zheng Zhang and Charlene Jiang, is a freshman at St. Joseph High School.  Kathy was awarded the Joyce Gouwens Scholarship for Violin to the University of Michigan 3-week Center Stage Strings Program. Kathy performed Rondo in C Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald von Gluck. She is a student of Professor Stephen Shipps at the University of Michigan and serves as the Community Service Chair of the Junior Club.

The scholarship winners will perform at Monday Musical’s National Music Week Celebration program on May 2, 2016, at the Heritage Center. 

The Monday Musical Junior Club is dedicated to the enrichment of music students by providing an opportunity to polish their performance skills and learn from professional artist-educators.  The Club meets the fourth Saturday morning September through November and January through April. Membership is open to all interested music students whose teacher or parent are members of Monday Musical. Additional information can be found at our website,

Monday Musical Gives Back to the Community!

Monday Musical Club President Karla Hake provides a check for the Goodfellow Fund in the amount of $1279 to David Holgate, Publisher of The Herald Palladium. This donation was collected by the Monday Musical Club at the 84th Annual Candlelight Vesper Service on December 6, 2015.

The Goodfellow Fund was created to ensure area children would have a present under the Christmas tree.  Money is raised annually to provide area residents with a Meijer gift card to be used towards food, presents, and/or everyday needs.  

The H-P absorbs all of the administrative costs, ensuring that 100% of the approximately $35,000 in donations are used by the community. 

MMC has supported this important local organization with records dating in the 1930’s and doing so through the annual vesper service since 1979. 

"A Celebration of Cultural Arts"

by Mary Alice Brunner

February 2016 Program Notes

Date and location – Monday, February 1, 2016; 2:00 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street in St. Joseph.  The program is open to the public.

The February program will feature a Celebration of Cultural Arts including a vocal performance by the Wilsonians from the Second Baptist Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan; poetry reading by Monday Musical Club member Pearl Blaylock; and a piano concert by pianist, composer, and arrangerJean Prosper.

The Wilsonians sing monthly during services at Second Baptist Church in Benton Harbor. They have participated in many musicals for various churches throughout Benton Harbor, and most recently in a Fine Arts program entitled "Didn't David Dance?" The directors, Wilbur Scott and L.J. Joseph, have had a wealth of musical training. Wilbur and Maurice Scott sang in their college choirs and were part of presentations of Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Requiem, and Negro spirituals and anthems. L.J. Joseph is a great Gospel singer who has performed with Mahalia Jackson, the Barrett Sisters and Thomas Dorsey (the father of Gospel music). Wilbur Scott has taken classes in the Lucie Campbell Workshop of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.  The Wilsonians will be accompanied by Modie McKee and will be performing “Swing Low,” “Say the Name,” “Precious Lord,” “Down By the Riverside,”  “Blessed Assurance,” and “Let It Be Real.”

 Pearl Blaylock began her studies and career in dramatic art at the age of 6. She gave numerous recitals in New York, Waterloo, Los Angeles and Chicago, and received the key to the city of Waterloo, Iowa, when she took her one-woman show to the University of Iowa. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Chicago State University and a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from DePaul University in Chicago. She taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 12 years, the Harvey, IL schools for 2 years, and the St. Joseph Public Schools for 25 years. She has served on the boards of the Berrien County Association of Churches, the Twin Cities YWCA, the Blossomland United Way, and Church Women United. She started and continues to direct the Drama Club at Second Baptist Church as part of the church’s youth outreach program. She has devoted her life to family, education and the theater. She has one daughter, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, all of whom reside in Benton Harbor.  Ms. Blaylock will read from selected poems.

Pianist, composer, and arranger Jean Prosperhas touredin cities across the United States and Canada. Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, after his familys immigration to Montreal, Canada, he received keyboard training and his music education at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, in Montreal.  He also went to a private school, Kingsway College, in Oshawa, Ontario, where, as a choir member, he traveled across Canada and parts of the United States and performed major choral works twice a year with the Oshawa Symphony Orchestra. While studying in Oshawa, Jean won 1st prize at the Kiwanis Piano Competition.  Later, after moving to the United States, Jean studied piano at Andrews University and at Indiana University.  Although Jean’s main focus is jazz, he performs other genres of music spanning the classical to gospel repertoires. (Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Beethoven are among his favorite composers.) He has performed for thousands on concert stages; in churches, parks, clubs, and peoples homes; and at restaurants, schools, wineries, arts centers, weddings, funerals, museums, and jazz festivals. In 1999, he garnered a prestigious Stellar Award nomination for his recording Getting Up Morning.  In May 2005, Jean Prosper founded a non-profit organization called The Jazz Exchange.  Its mission is to preserve jazz music as an art form by providing exposure and education to the youth and community as well as cultural exchange.  Mr. Prosper will perform selected songs.

Additional information regarding this program and Monday Musical Club can be found at our website,

MMC 84th Annual Candlelight Christmas Vesper Service

by Mary Alice Brunner

Monday Musical Club of Southwest Michigan presents the 84th Annual Candlelight Christmas Vespers Program, Sunday, December 6th, 3:45 PM, at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Avenue, Saint Joseph, Michigan.  Featured in the program is the Monday Musical Club Chorus under the direction of Dorothy Trachte, accompanied by Esther Shoemaker; Dr. Kenneth Logan on organ; and performances by Monday Musical Junior Club members Kathy Zhang, Angela Chen, Megan Guldan and Nathanael Mitchell.  Rev. Dr. Robert Braman, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church, will provide the Benediction.  John Nye will narrate a reading of the Christmas Story from the Scriptures and the audience will be invited to join in singing favorite Christmas Carols and The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  A free-will offering benefits the Goodfellows organization.

The Monday Musical Club Chorus will be performing Mary’s Lullaby by Patti Drennan, Sweet Was the Song by Robert Nelson, Savior Child by Eugenie Rocherolle, Do You Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, Tell Us, Shepherd Maids by Mary Caldwell, and Where Is The Child by Raymond Rhea with a narration by Donna Metz and flute accompaniment by Jan Street.

Dr. Kenneth Logan, Professor of Music at Andrews University, will perform a prelude of several Christmas pieces on the organ including Johann Pachelbel’s Magnificat; The Holy Boy by John Ireland; Coventry Carol; Henry Heron’s Voluntary; Now is Born the Deivine Christ Child, a traditional French piece; and O, Holy Night by Adolphe Adam. Dr. Logan will lead the congregation in traditional Christmas Carols and perform a postlude including IN DULCI JUBILO (In Sweet Jubilation) by Johann Sebastian Bach, the traditional English Sussex Carol, and Jubilations on ADESTE FIDELES by Kenneth Logan.

A trio made up of Monday Musical Junior Club members Angela Chen on cello, Megan Guldan on piano, and Kathy Zhang on violin will perform The First Noel, and Amazing Grace.  Junior Club member Nathanael Mitchell will sing a solo of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, accompanied by Dr. Kenneth Logan on the organ.

The audience will be invited to join the Monday Musical Club Chorus in singing The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Dr. Kenneth Logan on the organ and Esther Shoemaker on the piano.


The Monday Musical Club Chorus members include Michele Armstrong, Karla Armtrong Hake, Leslie Beukelman, Pearl Blaylock, Mary Alice Brunner, Nancy Burch, Becky Burford, Priscilla Byrns-Field, Kim Capes, Rita dePedro, Nancy Enders, Beth Foyder, Irma Gorman, Vivian Jones, Myrth Kremers, Jeannine Marks, Luann Mashke, Sandra Nye, Sharon Nystuen, Candace Onweller, Karol Paul, Lois Peeples, Kathy Phipps, Judith Ray, Patricia Steenbergh, Emily Strayhorn, Linnea Todd, Kris Weber Pat Williams,  and Esther Wolf.

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. Dr. Logan 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.

Additional information about the Monday Musical Club of Southwest Michigan, the 84th Annual Candlelight Vespers Program, and club membership can be found at our website,

Steinway Piano Benefit

Join us Monday, October 5th at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, Saint Joseph, for a spectacular program featuring some of Michigan's outstanding concert pianists.

Etude in Ab Major ‘Aeolian Harp’ Op. 25, No. 1                    Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Etude in c minor, ‘Ocean’ Op. 25, No. 12                             Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

David Abbott


Diabelli Variations, Op. 120                                       Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

     Theme: Vivace (1770-1827)

     Variation I: Alla Marcia maestoso

    Variation II: Poco allegro

    Variation III: L’istesso tempo

    Variation IV: Un poco più vivace

    Variation V: Allegro vivace

    Variation VI: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso

    Variation VII: Un poco più allegro

    Variation VIII: Poco vivace

    Variation IX: Allegro pesante e risoluto

    Variation X: Presto


Étude No. 6: Pour les huit doigts                                        Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

 Sonata No. 6 in A Major                                                    Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

    I. Allegro moderato

Lia Jensen Abbott


Variations F Minor                                                       Franz Joseph Haydn 1732-1809)

Invention No. 6 in E Major, BWV. 777                     Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Nocturne C-sharp Minor, Opus 27/1                                    Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Song Without Words, Opus 19/3                                    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Louis Nagel

Monday Musical Club Juniors Organize Benefit Concert

Monday Musical Club Junior Club officers organized a benefit concert in support of Project Resiliency. 

Angela Chen (Communications Chair), cellist; Kathy Zhang (Community Service Chair), violin; Megan Guldan (Second Vice President), piano; and Avery Shepherd (Recording Secretary), violin, all performed.

Congratulations on your vision and leadership contributing your time and talent.

Monday Musical Club Performance Auditions Announced

Monday Musical Club is holding Auditions for those members desiring to become performing members of the club on September 26, 2015 at the Whitcomb Towers Parlor 1:00 PM.   There will be three prospective chorus members auditioning, and we welcome any other vocal or instrumental performers to contact the Auditions Chairman for further information. Auditions will be held again in early March. Myrth Kremers email


Monday Musical Club 2015-2016 Programs

“Music…Heartbeat of the Soul!”


Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:30 AM        Whitcomb Parlor

Christopher Harding, Piano

University of Michigan Piano and Chamber Ensemble Chair

Piano Performance and Masterclass



Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:30 PM                  The Heritage

Lake Michigan Music Teachers Association

Piano Spectacular and Steinway Benefit

Louis Nagel, David Abbott, Lia Jensen Abbott,

Charles Aschbrenner, and Eric Van De Vort



Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:30 AM            Whitcomb Parlor

David Abbott, Piano and Chamber Ensemble

Albion College

String Chamber Ensemble Workshop



Monday, November 2, 2015, 2:00 PM              The Heritage

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:30 PM         Whitcomb Parlor

Christopher Goldston, Composer

Chicago Area Music Teachers and National Composition Chairman

The life and work of Margaret and Christopher Goldston.



Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:45 PM     First Congregational Church

The 84th Annual Candlelight Vesper Service

Monday Musical Club Chorus and Soloists

Dorothy Trachte, Conductor and Esther Shoemaker, Piano

Junior Club Chamber Ensemble and Soloists



Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10:30 AM             Whitcomb Parlor

Music Team Trivia

Fun-filled music club event and tradition!



Sunday, January 24, 2016, 1:00 PM                 The Heritage

MMC Annual Junior Scholarship Competition


Monday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 PM                The Heritage

A Celebration of Cultural Arts

Jean Prosper, Jazz Piano

The Wilsonians, Men’s Gospel Ensemble

Pearl Blaylock, Poetry



Saturday, February 27, 2016, 10:30 AM           Whitcomb Parlor

Julia Lindsay, Voice

International Vocalist Performance and Masterclass



Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:30 PM                    The Heritage

Kelly Yoakam, Irish Harp

The Life and Music of Turlough O’Carolan

Silvia Roederer, Piano and Leslie Tung, Piano

Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College



Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:30 AM               Whitcomb Parlor

Monday, April 4, 2016, 6:30 PM                       The Heritage

University of Michigan Chamber Ensembles

Featuring String and Woodwind Ensembles



Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10:30 AM                  Whitcomb Parlor

Silvia Roederer, Piano

Collaborative Masterclass

Western Michigan University and the Verdehr Trio



Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:30 PM                       The Heritage

National Music Week Celebration: “Music…Notes to the Future”

Monday Musical Club Chorus

Julia Lindsay, Conductor

Junior Club Officers’ and Junior Scholarship Winners’ Recital



Monday, June 6, 2016        Saint Joseph First United Methodist Church

Noon luncheon, 1:15 PM program                   Luncheon RSVP required.

Mel Machemer, Organ

Saint John Lutheran Church and School, Director of Music

Julia Lindsay, Voice

International Vocalist

MMC June Program Wraps Up Successful Season!

By Mary Alice Brunner

Monday Musical wraps up its 2014-2015 season with a noon luncheon for members only followed by a performance by VOX 3 at 1:15 PM which is open to the public. VOX 3 will present “Blithe and Bonny”,

celebrating Shakespeare’s texts through vocal music. Performing from VOX 3 will be Jessica Coe, Magaly Cordero, and Ashlee Hardgrave, sopranos; Derek Boemler, baritone and James Morehead, piano.

 Pieces to be performed include Chansons de Shakespeare, Op. 28 by Ernest Chausson; Sonnet 30 and Sonnet 40 by Matthew Lawton; O vin dissipe la tristess from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas; La Danse de Puck by Claude Debussy; Vier Shakespeare-Lieder, Op.31 by Erich Korngold; Who is Silvia? and It was a lover and his lass from Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18 by Gerald Finzi; Smatroll from Lyric Pieces, Op. 71 by Edvard Grieg; Sul fil d’un soffio etesio from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verde; Ophelia-Lieder, Op. 67 by Richard Strauss; Ophelia Rag by James Scott; and Music to Hear by George Shearing.

 VOX 3 Collective builds bridges between branches of art, culture, and history by focusing on three types of vocal music: Art Song, Opera, and Cabaret. From its inception in 2007, VOX 3 has sought to breathe new life into the recital genre with thoughtful programming and dynamic performances. VOX 3 members are graduates of some of the country’s finest conservatory programs and have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. The company’s entertaining, educational concerts have been featured on WLUW, WBEZ, and WFMT radio, WOCH television, and recommended by critics and publications throughout Chicago.

 Soprano Jessica Louise Coe is a classical artist with a passion for art song repertoire and chamber music. In 2013 Ms. Coe was named a national finalist for the American Prize in Vocal Performance, (Art Song, professional division) as well as a semi-finalist in the professional Oratorio Division. Later that season she presented recitals of Benjamin Britten’s music in honor of his centenary at both GVSU’s Arts at Noon and First Park Congregational’s Music at Midday series in Grand Rapids, MI. Coe is on the board of the Chicago Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, (NATS), and a full-time faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music where she teaches voice and piano to students of all ages. She holds a B.M. from DePaul University, a M.M. from Roosevelt University, and she comes from the studio of counter-tenor Mark Crayton.

 Soprano Magaly Cordero is an active performer in the Chicagoland area. A native of Orlando, Florida, Magaly received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her Master’s degree from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Magaly is also an active recitalist and church musician, and she sings with Milwaukee’s MacDowell Club. Magaly is also a professional cantor at various Catholic parishes in Chicago and its suburbs. Magaly currently studies with Sunny Joy Langton.

 Soprano Ashlee Hardgrave was recently characterized as a "vocal powerhouse" (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times) and "well sung" (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune) for her role as Sharon Graham in Master Class.  Active in recital, chamber music, opera, and cabaret, her past collaborators include Mode Ensemble, Writer's Bloc, Midwest New Musicals, Constellation, Anaphora Ensemble, ECN Danceworks, and the Space/Movement Project. She can be  heard on the albums Green Genes, VOX 3's Spirit Within and New Song, and has been broadcast on WLUW, WBEZ, WFMT, and WOCH. Ms. Hardgrave holds the M.M. from Roosevelt University and the B.A. from Arkansas Tech University.

 Baritone Derek Boemler is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where he earned his Master of Music in Voice and Literature studying under renowned vocal pedagogue W. Stephen Smith. In Chicago, Derek has appeared with the Grant Park Chorus and Northwestern’s acclaimed Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE) under the direction of Donald Nally. Derek is also an active voice teacher and coach in the Chicagoland area. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the College Music Society (CMS), he currently serves on the voice faculty at North Central College in Naperville, IL.

 Pianist James Morehead is the Music Director for VOX 3 Collective, the Artistic Director of Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and the choir master/organist at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Burr Ridge, Illinois. He primarily works as a coach, accompanist and music director for the Theater Conservatory of  Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he has also served as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory/History and German Diction. James received his MM in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Roosevelt University and his BM from Duquesne University. Classically, James has performed at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago’s Gospel Festival, and Ravinia. Past collaborators include the Juliani Ensemble, the Grande Prairie Choral Arts Singers, Anaphora, Lyric Opera Kids and The Chicago High School for the Arts. He has also appeared as a featured pianist at the Green Mill, Mary’s Attic, the Tavern, Gentry on Halsted, Spin Nightclub, Davenport’s, the 410 Club, the Spot and the Casino.

Date and location – Monday, June 1, 2015; 1:15 PM at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church 2950 Lakeview Ave.,  in St. Joseph.  The program is open to the public.

MM Student and Junior Club April Meeting

Please join us Saturday, April 25th at 10:30 AM at The Whitcomb.  Our April Artist-Educator is soprano, Karen Kness and accompanist pianist, Lia Jensen Abbott.  Kness is a professor of voice at Western Michigan University, and Dr. Jensen Abbott is a professor of piano and theory at Albion College.  Both are collaborative partners who recently returned from an international performance and master class.  The Artist-Educator topic for April:  Training for the World of Opera and Classical Singing.

The Student and Junior Club recital begins at 10:30 AM with the Artist-Educator program beginning at 11:15 AM.  

MMC April Program Notes

By Mary Alice Brunner

This month’s theme is “ Together We Sing and Dance”

Date and location – Monday, April 6, 2015; 7:00 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street in St. Joseph.  The program is open to the public.

The April program will feature a performance by local southwestern Michigan square dancers, bluegrass and folk music presented by Deep Fried Pickle Project, and a sing a-long with Stewart Beach on the banjo.

Square dancing will be performed by Greg and Char Cook, Mark and Jean Penwell, Russ and Sandy Looker, and Lee and Sue Scherwietz. All are dancers from various square dancing clubs in southwestern Michigan.  Caller Ken Burke has been calling for over 25 years.  Ken is a real entertainer who combines smooth and innovative choreography with his vocal talents.  Those that dance with him have a great time.  Ken’s widespread appeal can be attributed to his distinctive styling (as well as his offbeat sense of humor).  Ken calls through the A-2 level and is currently on staff at Chaparral Records.  He’s also recorded on the Four-Bar-B/ Quadrille label. 

Deep Fried Pickle Project is a bluegrass and folk band with members Alan Selvidge, Daniel Boone Daniel, and Charlie King.  The group started out as a jug band playing traditional 1920's music and have been together almost 15 years.  They make music using a variety of “instruments”, including guitar, Canjo, Panjolele, Suitcase Kick Drum, Nose Whistle, Washtub Bass, Washboard, Harmonica, Jug,

Ham-do-lin, Schlitar, Dobro, Slide-Whistle, and Song Sandwhich.  They will be performing: “Picklejuice”, by A. Selvidge, D. Daniel; “Foldin' Bed”, Traditional; “Boogie”, by J. Hartford, arrangement DFPP; “Savor Every Day”, by C. King; and “Mobile Line”, Traditional.

Stewart Beach is a resident of Bridgman. He has been a teacher of voice, stage presence, and a variety of stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo, and mandolin at the American School of Music in Three Oaks. He performs music of many genres spanning folk, bluegrass, jazz, and barbershop. Beach will lead the audience in a sing along of familiar tunes from traditional American folk and pop tunes of the last 150 years.


MMC March Program Notes

By Mary Alice Brunner

This month’s theme is “ Crusade for Dance and Strings” and the program will take place Monday, March 2, 2015; 2:00 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street in St. Joseph.  The program is open to the public.  The March program will feature  a violin performance by Beth Oeseburg, and the Berrien County Dancers under the direction of Theresa Graziano.

 Beth Oeseburg was born and raised in Kalamazoo, where she began studying violin at age seven. She went on to study music at Western Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in violin performance. Since then, she has performed in the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and South Bend symphony orchestras, as well as the Southwest Michigan Symphony and LaPorte County Orchestra. She is currently teaching in the Saint Joseph, Michigan, school orchestra program as Artist in Residence for high strings, as well as teaching privately through the Citadel Dance and Music Center on both violin and viola. Beth currently performs in the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster, and is the Junior Prep Strings Conductor for the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra.  She will be performing Sonata for Violin and Piano, opus 24, "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven, accompanied by Paul Flyger.

 Members of the Berrien County Dancers are Audrey Ballard, Carley Beemer, Grace Brackman, London Cook, Elizabeth Feldbruegge, Katie Harner, Anna Haynes, Ashley Main, Hannah McGrew, Kate Miller, Mallory Mishler, Lexi Sanders, Raechal Smith, Alyssa Swanson, Ashley Weber, and Lexi Winkler.  Throughout the school year, the members base their primary focus on modern dance technique, but also spend time learning techniques of jazz and ballet.  Students learn about elements of composition and are offered opportunities to choreograph their own works. Outside of learning student choreography, BCD members also learn repertoire from Mrs. Graziano and outside professionals including  Nan Giordano, Giordano Dance Chicago, Randy Duncan, Jon Lehrer, LehrerDance, Frank Chavez, Laurie Eisenhower and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble,  Mari Jo Irbe, Sarita Smith Childs, Winifred Haun, Lisa Catrett-Belrose, Jennifer Archibald,  Autumn Eckman, Taryn Kaschock Russell, Hubbard Street 2, Adam Houston, and Cesar Salinas.   The troupe will perform the following three dances: No FM, with music from 21 Pilots, choreographed by Audrey Ballard; Metempsychosis, with music from Alt-J, choreographed by Elizabeth Feldbruegge; and Trudge, with music from DJ Chus, choreographed by Cesar Salinas.

 Theresa Graziano, Artistic Director of the Berrien County Dancers, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Dance from the Barat Conservatory of Dance and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment through Walden University.  She was the Associate Director at the Citadel Dance Center in Benton Harbor from 1999 through 2004, where she helped to build the strong foundation that the Citadel continues today.  In 2001, Mrs. Graziano was hired to serve as the Artistic Director and teacher for the Berrien County Dancers located at Lakeshore High School with the responsibility of developing a complete curriculum in dance for high school credit.  The program has experienced consistent growth on multiple levels under her leadership and has developed a reputation for excellence in dance as well as offering a unique program for high school students in southwestern Michigan.  Mrs. Graziano has been the Choreography Director for many Lakeshore High School musicals, adding a new dimension to the productions and increasing the aesthetic appeal for audiences while enhancing the breadth and depth of performing arts experience for the cast members, many of whom had little to no prior experience.  A number of students, having had their first exposure to dance during these musicals, have chosen to continue their study with Mrs. Graziano through formal enrollment in her dance classes.