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From Director of Music, Markus Centola
It has been a true pleasure to serve as Director of Music at St. John’s this past year. I appreciate the continued vigilance and support everyone has put forth towards the music ministry.
It has been my goal to create a variety of inspirational music for worship and meditation as well as encouraging members of the congregation to come forward to share their musical gifts. In addition, it has also been my goal to build community and create awareness at St. John’s by providing regular high level musical concerts.
The focus for the senior choir this past year has been building vocal techniques and challenging them with a variety of traditional and non-traditional music. This past year we experienced some turnover with choir members due to health issues and therefore have left each member of the group with lack of flexibility in attendance. So once again I put a call out to all, anyone who has an interest in music and willingness to learn, we need you and welcome your voice!
This past year St. John’s Concert Series has provided the platform for professional local ensembles to perform a wide variety of musical styles and genres to the community. The 2014 lineup included: Duo Del Sur, “A Journey Through South America”; West End String Quartet, who performed works by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla; The Asylum Quartet, a saxophone quartet that specializes in classical and contemporary music, their motto is “We play anything but jazz”; Entwyned, an early music group that performs on period instruments consisting of lute, viola da gamba, and baroque flute. Please continue to spread the news and invite friends and family to our concerts. This music ministry provides the foundation to build fellowship, create awareness in the community, and raises funds for the church budget.
Special Music Sundays are implemented once a month. It is an opportunity for anyone in the congregation to share their musical gifts for worship. I would like to especially thank Brett Palmer, Olivia Palmer, Grace Palmer, Claire Palmer, Olivia Welply and Kimmie Borovicka Farrell for their participation.
I am very thankful to be part of the family here at St. John’s and I look forward to this new year of music making and further developing the concert series.