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,