St. Valentine Music Ministry
2016-2017 Concert Series and Special Services
Josie Merlino, pianist
Friday, October 28, 2016
Josie Merlino is currently working toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She is a student of Dr. Peter Amstutz. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in piano performance, where she studied with David Allen Wehr. Josie works as an adjunct professor of music at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, where she teaches piano lessons and music theory. She serves as an accompanist for opera workshop and numerous student recitals at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. She is the director of liturgical music at Mary Mother of the Church in Charleroi, PA. She enjoys teaching students of all ages at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center in Gibsonia, PA. She works as the assistant accompanist and principal organist of the Westmoreland Choral Society in Greensburg, PA, under the direction of Thomas Octave. She maintains a very active performing, accompanying, and teaching schedule, and is a highly requested musician for concerts, recitals, weddings, church services, and special events.
Ms. Merlino will be performing works of Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Galbraith, and others.
Sixth Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Join us as we present our Sixth Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. We are moving this specific event to a Sunday evening where we can focus and keep the Sabbath holy. The Voices of the Spirit, Schola, Cantors, CCD Singers, and CCD Singers will present new and familiar anthems and carols that will surely make the season special! The service itself dates back to 1918 in Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. The concert will also feature selections from G.F. Handel's Messiah. A Moravian style social will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the concert to begin shortly afterward.
St. Valentine Choral Scholars in Concert
Friday, February 17, 2017
Join our choral scholars, Mr. Dennis Gallagher and Ms. Rebekah Poklemba, as they present a concert of solo repertoire along with duets. Dennis and Rebekah have sang in our choral ensembles since September 2015 and they are excited to share with you wonderful music that they have performed in concert throughout their academic studies and performance venues.
Second Annual Tenebrae Service
Sunday, April 9, 2017
We will begin Holy Week by continuing our tradition of our Tenebrae Service. Tenebrae in Latin means "darkness," and the ceremony dates back to the ancient Church. The event will feature readings, anthems, and hymns, leading up to the crucifixion of our Lord. The service will be led by the Voices of the Spirit and Schola.
Made in America
Friday, May 26, 2017
Join the Voices of the Spirit, Schola, and Cantor Ministry as we present our Second Annual Memorial Day Concert entitled "Made in America." Our country is young compared to the other music traditions in the world. However, since the early origins of our history, we have began to produce wonderful music that is being sung and played in all corners of the globe. Join us as we sing some American favorites, as well as new compositions. We will also honor our veterans of our parish and community during this performance. Wear your red, white, and blue and come and support our great nation!