We have officially cancelled our Nov. 29, 2020 performance of The Messiah. We aim to present our 80th anniversary performance on November 28, 2021 at the HOLY REDEEMER ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH in Ellwood City. (Host, Dave Kosior, will so plan/prepare.)


Our next performance:

Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Holy Redeemer

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

Holy Redeemer
415 4th Street
Ellwood City
Pennsylvania 161117
724-758-4411
Time remaining until our next performance

This year's selections

To be announced.

Alto
Karen Campman Emmett
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Karen has been singing and studying voice for the greater portion of her life, and an active soloist and recitalist in the tri-state area for many years. Among her many accomplishments as a singer are performing the mezzo-soprano roles in Handel's MESSIAH, The MOZART REQUIEM, Bernstein's CHISCHESTER PSALMS, Renee Clausen's A NEW CREATION, Vivaldi's GLORIA and various other roles including Mrs. Noah in Benjamin Britten's opera NOYE'S FLUDDE, Lola in Pietro Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Aunt Zita in Giacomo Puccini's GIANNI SCHICCHI and more. She has also performed the NATIONAL ANTHEM for many organizations including the Pittsburgh Pirates and World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Karen has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Voice as well as a Pennsylvania Certificate in Elementary and Secondary School Administration and Curriculum from Westminster College. She also has a Masters Degree in Student Personnel and Counseling Services and an Elementary Education teaching certificate from Slippery Rock University. In the years after Westminster she studied voice with the eminent Joseph J. Klein of the Klein Vocal Studio in Glendale, CA, James Uselman of Pasadena CA and St. Louis, MO, and locally with Diana Walters of Grove City and now Sarasota, FL. In 2008 Karen retired from the West Middlesex Area School District as the junior/senior high school vocal music teacher and gifted student coordinator. In her years there she directed the various vocal ensembles, both curricular and extracurricular, as well as the musicals and plays. For many years she gave private voice lessons in her home studio. Karen now enjoys a second but equally serious career as a busy retiree volunteering for many organizations in and around the Shenango Valley as well as singing with her church and Shenango Valley Chorale. Karen is also past president of the Westminster College Alumni Association and currently chairperson of the Alumni Council's Philanthropy and Stewardship Committee. Karen, her husband Paul, reside in West Middlesex, PA.


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


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
Larry Baumgartner
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Larry Baumgartner is a proud native son of the Shenango Valley, being born and raised in Hickory (Hermitage). He started piano lessons at age seven, learning a new hymn every week. He began his musical career playing for Junior Church at Pentecostal Holiness Church of Sharon, PA. His first job was at the now defunct Sharon Methodist Church on Elm Street. Next, he played at St Paul’s United Church of Christ for three years. Larry attended Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music as a voice major. Larry successfully married his church organist/pianist career with a 30-year career as an over the road driver for PI&I (PA, IN, IL) Motor Express. Larry played piano at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sharon for 30 years, and also served as organist for five years. To continue to utilize his talents in a traditional worship service, he then moved to Sharon First United Methodist Church where he served as organist for five years, retiring on 31 Dec 2017. He continues to substitute at various churches in the area, as well as Eagle River Presbyterian Church, Eagle River, Alaska in the Summers.Email


Director
Harry Cunningham
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In his 30th & final 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.