Spring is finally here, and we celebrate resurrection, rebirth and new possibilities throughout May.
On Mother's Day, May 12, at both services, we welcome the talented young pianist, Presley Gao. New to my studio, Presley took first place in his level in the Statewide Honors Competition last November. Along with Gavin Laur, Presley is the recipient of this year's prestigious Danfelser Piano Scholarship awarded by the Professional Music Teachers Association of New Mexico. Presley will play Chopin, Bach, and a beautiful Chinese piece, Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon. You won't want to miss him and the special music he is offering for Mother's Day!
Sanctuary Choir anthems for May include Richard Shephard's The Secret of Christ, Z. Randall Stroope's Inscription of Hope, and Karen Marrolli's Let Us Come.
On May 19, the Early Morning Choir sings for the last time before summer break. Since it's Pentecost, the choir will sing Craig Courtney's Hymn to the Holy Spirit as well as Patsy Ford Simm's great arrangement of the Gospel classic, Wade in the Water.
Also on May 19, the Children's Choir sings in the 11:00 service as part of their presentation "Tongues of Fire, Seeds of Hope."
Throughout May, I will continue to play Brahms and some of the other Romantics. Spring, when all is being reborn, is the perfect time to enjoy the personal expression of these great masters.
Allie Norris, youth musician from our church, will play her Senior Viola Recital at United Church on Saturday, June 1st at 4:00 PM. Allie is graduating from the New Mexico School for the Arts and is headed to McGill University where she will major in music. A reception will follow the concert. Please RSVP to the Norris' by May 15th at email@example.com or phone 505-466-6864 if you plan to attend, so they can plan the amount of food. Congratulations, Allie!
United Church Santa Fe is fortunate to have Jacquelyn Helin, an internationally famous pianist, as the Director of Music Ministries. Jacquelyn, whose concerts draw standing ovations and rave reviews, has played in the major music capitals of Europe and the USA. As winner of the Artists International Competition, she played to a sold-out audience in Carnegie Recital Hall. Contact Jacquelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Marrolli, our Director of Choral Ministries, is a graduate of Westminister Choir College and is finishing her Doctorate in Music Arts from Louisiana State University. She has led both church and student choirs in a variety of music, from classical to global. Karen was the founding artistic director of Lux Aeterna, a chamber choir that presented candlelight concerts in honor of such events as World AIDS Day, the September 11th attacks, and Child Abuse Awareness Month. She is a composer/arranger of choral music, and her works have been published by Morningstar Music and Colla Voce Music. Contact Karen at email@example.com
“They who sing pray twice.”