Our next performance:

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 3:00 P.M.
First Alliance Church

The performance is free to the public,
however a free-will offering will be collected to help defray production expences.

First Alliance Church
111 Mission Meade Drive
New Castle
Pennsylvania 16105
724-654-4512
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to our next performance
of Handel's Messiah.

This year's selections

OvertureOrgan
Comfort Ye My PeopleTenor
Every Valley Shall Be ExaltedTenor
And the Glory of The LordChorus
Thus saith The LordBass
But Who May Abide the Day of His ComingBass
O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to ZionChorus
O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to ZionAlto
For, Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the EarthBass
The People That Walked in DarknessBass
For Unto Us a Child is BornChorus
Pastoral SymphonyOrgan
There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field
And lo! the angel of the Lord Came Upon Them
And the angel said unto them
Soprano
Glory to GodChorus
Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be OpenedAlto
He Shall Feed His Flock Like a ShepherdAlto
Behold The Lamb of GodChorus
He Was DespisedAlto
Surely He Hath Borne Our GriefsChorus
All They That See Him, Laugh Him to ScornTenor
Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His HeartTenor
Behold, and See if There be Any SorrowTenor
He was Cut Off Out of the Land of the LivingTenor
But Thou Didst Not leave His Soul in HellTenor
Let All the Angels of God Worship HimChorus
Unto Which of the Angels Said HeTenor
Thou Art Gone Up on HighBass
The Lord Gave the WordChorus
Why do the nations so Furiously RageBass
He that Dwelleth in HeavenTenor
Thou Shalt Break ThemTenor
Hallelujah!Chorus
I Know That My Redeemer LivethSoprano
Since By Man Came DeathChorus
Behold, I Tell You a MysteryBass
The Trumpet Shall SoundBass
Then Shall be Brought to PassAlto
O Death, Where is Thy StingAlto and Tenor
If God be for Us, Who Can be Against Us?Soprano
Worthy is The LambChorus
AmenChorus

Soprano
Jenifer McMurdy Mostard
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Alto
Patricia Flowers Jacobina
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Patricia Flowers Jacobina is a western Pennsylvania native with a lifelong love of music. She has been an accompanist, organist and soloist for various churches and holds a degree in Organ from Westminster College, New Wilmington PA. She was a founding member and soloist with Voce, a Reston, Virginia vocal chamber group, and performed in musical theatre throughout northern Virginia. A mezzo soprano, she has sung Mary, from Resphighi’s Lauda per la Nativita, as soprano soloist with the Harrisburg Singers performing Bach, as mezzo soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Byhum Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart Mass with Westmoreland Choral Society in Greensburg, PA. Additionally, she debuted the role of the Evangelist in Nancy Galbraith’s Passion of Saint Matthew both in Pittsburgh and Manchester, England. Patti has sung with the Westmoreland Choral Society and the Westmoreland Symphony Chorus since returning to western Pennsylvania in 2013 and is a vocal student of Diana Walters and Thomas Octave at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe Pa. She currently resides in Ligonier, Pa with husband Charles, and son, Logan.


Tenor
Nathan Mohney
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Bass
Rev. Nathan Loudon
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Nathan Loudon, Baritone-Bass is a North Sewickley Township resident. Loudon has been a featured performer in Mercer County´s summer concert series as well as Westminster College´s Fourth of July celebration. When not singing, Nathan enjoys gardening, reading, playing golf and trying to keep up with his busy family. Nathan and his wife Stephanie (of 18 years) have four children William (15), Claire (13), Emma (10) and Maggie (9). Rev. Loudon serves as Pastor at the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church in between Ellwood City and Beaver Falls, PA. across the street from Shakespeare´s Restaurant. Today is a true blessing to Loudon as he first learned Handel´s Messiah in College, hoping one day to sing these very selections.


Trumpeter
Andy Erb
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Andrew S. Erb is the Director of Bands and a Professor of Music at Thiel College. Mr. Erb directs the Thiel College Concert Band, the 'Tomcat' Marching Pride, Jazz Ensemble, and Thiel College Pep Band. Additionally, he teaches private brass lessons and instructs first and second semester music theory classes. Andrew also serves adjunctly as the studio trumpet teacher at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Mr. Erb is an active Guest Conductor, Adjudicator, and Clinician throughout the area Western Pennsylvania area and remains active within PMEA. He has presented lectures and workshops on various topics including teaching jazz improvisation, use of 'smart music' technology in elementary through college level instrumental lessons, and “things about teaching music that they didn't teach you in college. Prior to his appointment at Thiel College, Mr. Erb directed bands and taught music in public schools in Allegheny and Mercer counties for 14 years. As an active performer, Mr. Erb played trumpet with acts such as Marie Osmond, Wayne Newton, Bobby Vinton, Lena Prima, and Ben Vereen. In addition, he served as the lead trumpeter for Sugarfuzz Orchestra and currently with 2nd Avenue Project, two regional horn-rock bands covering the music of such bands as Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power. Mr. Erb has performed with opening acts for Foreigner, Kansas, the Commodores, Bobby Blue Band, and Average White Band. He has also performed with the Youngstown Playhouse Pit Orchestra, Warren Packard Concert Band and Big Band, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Savoyard Pit Orchestra, and the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass Quintet. Mr. Erb holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Westminster College, a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from Youngstown State University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music from Boston University. He has studied conducting with Dr. R. Tad Greig and Dr. Stephen Gage, and his trumpet teachers include Dr. Stephen Hawk, Susan Sexton, Dr. Christopher Krummel, and Anthony Pasquarelli. Mr. Erb is a member of PMEA, MENC, ITG, and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association. Mr. Erb resides in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, along with his wife Diana and three children, Jonathan, Benjamin, and Madison


Interpreter-in-Sign
Michael Boston
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Michael Boston has been a student of sign language, deaf culture, and interpretation since age 13. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in deaf education and certification in elementary education. He holds national EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) certification for grades K-12. Boston has taught under the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV as a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, providing hearing support services to local school districts in Butler and Lawrence counties. He works for the Ellwood City School District, is a graduate student and assistant at Waynesburg University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and is working toward a specialty certification in Addictions Counseling. He has taught American Sign Language classes for beginning and advanced students of all ages at St. Vitus Parish, First Baptist Church, and Slippery Rock University, and has interpreted for various area groups. He has interpreted for Pittsburgh Association for the Deaf (PAD), the Disabilities Options Network's Freedom Fair, the New Castle Playhouse, multiple large scale musical and play productions at St. Vitus and First Baptist Church, and was a leader of Sign-In, an American Sign Language musical performance group at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He attends First Baptist Church, regularly interpreting for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.


Organist
Kathy Miller
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Kathryn received her Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from The Ohio State University. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in organ performance. While attending CCM she was on a full accompanying scholarship working in the studios of Andrew White and Patricia Berlin. While serving on Adjunct Faculty at Youngstown State University in the early 1980s Kathryn received her Bachelor of Engineering degree majoring in Industrial Engineering Kathryn is currently College Organist at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania teaching organ, piano, accompanying class and sacred music courses. She is on the adjunct faculty of Youngstown State University working in the choral department. At Westminster Presbyterian Church in Boardman, Kathryn serves as Director of Music/Organist directing the adult choir, children’s bell choir, and adult bell choir. She also serves as Organist/Director at Congregation Rodef Sholom in Youngstown. She has over thirty years of accompanying experience in the tri-county area of Ohio and throughout Western Pennsylvania.


Pianist
Debra Johnson
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Debra Johnson graduated from Westminster College with Bachelor Degree in Music Education. Debra also graduated with high honors from Youngstown State receiving an Associate Degree in Labor Studies Technology. New Wilmington resident Debra Johnson is the rehearsal pianist and has sung alto in the chorus since 2001. She has been organist and choir director at Trinity Episcopal Church of New Castle since 1991. She has been the Church Secretary at Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington, since 2011. Previously worked as Human Resources Management for 30 years and served as the organist at Church of Redeemer, Hermitage, for 10 + years. * Debra has enjoyed raising funds for the Humane Society of Mercer County for over 10 years and continues to do so. * Has served as a Board of Directors member and received an Appreciation Award from HSMC in 2007. * Is a member of the Carillonneurs of North America (carillonneur status). * Has 2 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat. * Has participated in the New Castle Music Club Chorus Messiah Presentations for many years.


Director
Harry Cunningham
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In his 29th season as the NEW CASTLE MUSIC CLUB Chorus director, Harry Cunningham was retired after 40 years as a music instructor and choral director in the MONITEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT in north central Butler County. He and his wife, the former Carol Walls of New Castle, are both 1970 undergraduate alumni of INDIANA UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA; Harry received his master of music education degree from DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, in 1976. During the 1970s, Harry served as the organist and choir director of the WEST SUNBURY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in West Sunbury, PA and as the organist at the FAITH UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Butler, PA. From 1980-1985, he was the organist and choir director at the ST. PAUL's UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST in Butler, and since September, 1985, Harry has served as the senior choir director at the FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH in Butler. He was also the assistant director for the BLAZING STAR CHORAL SOCIETY of Butler. Harry is a former member of the NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, the PENNSYLVANIA STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, and was a two-term vice president of the MONTIEAU EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. He also belonged to the MUSIC EDUCATORS' NATIONAL CONFERENCE and the PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC EDUCATORS' ASSOCIATION. He currently is a retired member of the AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION and the ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN KODALY EDUCATORS and has been newly listed as a Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Edition "professional music" member. The Cunninghams are parents of a daughter and a son, and they have three grandchildren.