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  • Program for November 18, 2015

    Simon NieminskiThis week there are two recitals, with a special addition on Wednesday evening at 6:00 by Simon Niemi?ski. His program will be:

  • Concert Overture in F minor – Alfred Hollins
  • Cortège Académique – Ernest Macmillan
  • Theme with Variations and Fugue – Alfred Hollins
  • The Angelus – Charles Villiers Stanford
  • In Missouri – Edwin H. Lemare
  • Le Carillon – William Wolstenholme
  • Ouverture Libanaise – Naji Hakim
  • A number of these works are recorded on Simon’s latest album Alfred Hollins and Friends. These CDs will be for sale at the Church after the recital, but if you can’t make it, they are available for order right here!

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  • Program for November 13, 2015

    The program this week will be performed by Dr. William Sullivan. His program is titled “Stuff I Found in the Attic and Other Self-Referential Oddities”

  • Joy – C. Alexander Peloquin (1918-1997)
  • Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen – Edwin Lemare (1865-1934)
  • Andante “Choeur de Voix Humaines” (Op. 122, No. 2) -Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély (1817-1869)
  • The Toy Trumpet – Raymond Scott (1908–1994), Arr. Wm. Sullivan
  • Powerhouse – Raymond Scott, Arr. Wm. Sullivan

  • Program for November 6, 2015

  • Grand March from Aida – Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) arr. Harry Rowe Shelley (1858-1947)
  • Six Short Pieces for Organ – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    • III. Master Tallis’s Testament
  • Sonata No. 14 in C, Opus 165 – Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
    • II. Idyll
    • III. Toccata
    • Mark R. Scholtz is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Timothy’s Church (Episcopal), Creve Coeur. Missouri. He earned his degree in Organ Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. In 1990, he studied interpretation of the organ works of Arthur Wills with the composer at Ely Cathedral, England. He has since presented premieres of several of Dr. Wills’ compositions including the American Premiere of Fenland Suite for organ, English brass band, and percussion with conductor Bruce J. Barber II; and the Cleveland Premiere of Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani. As a recitalist, Mr. Scholtz has had the wonderful opportunity to play some notable instruments in New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston. Abroad, recitals have been presented in London, Ely Cathedral, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Paris. Mr. Scholtz was, from 1990-2004, the Organist and Choirmaster at Saint John’s Church, Washington, Connecticut. In Saint Louis, he was the Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of Saint Michael and Saint George from 2008-2012.

      In addition to being a licensed real estate professional, Mr. Scholtz is President of his own company, Scholtz Pipe Organ Tonal Solutions, Inc. specializing in consulting on pipe organ projects, the tonal design of pipe organs, voicing and revoicing of pipe work, and on-site tonal finishing of completed instruments.


  • Program for October 30, 2015

  • Symphony No. VI in G Minor – Charles Marie Widor
    • Allegro
    • Adagio
    • Intermezzo
    • Cantabile
    • Finale
  • Two Antiphons based on “Ave Maris Stella” – Marcel Dupré
    • III. So now we Journey, aid our weak endeavor
    • IV. Amen
  • Virtuoso pianist and organist, composer, librettist, lyricist and teacher Tim Jansen is a rare combination of artistry. He’s one of the few artists who can sit down at the piano and play Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Rachmaninoff Second Sonata, ALL four Chopin Ballades or whole book of Chopin or Liszt etudes and then, a couple of week later program the complete organ works of Franck, Mendelssohn, Duruflé or the major works of Liszt… all of which he’s performed. As a high school organist, Timothy won The Fontbonne Music Festival four years in a row. His repertoire included The GREAT G minor Fugue of Bach, the Final to the Vierne 6th Symphony and The Allegro to the 6th Organ Symphony of Widor, all performed from memory.

    He also came in second place in the Kansas City Young Artist Organ Competition in 1996. In more recent times, he just performed Dupre’s “Ave Maris Stella” Antiphon’s on St Louis’s PBS channel nine as a part of a Choral concert presented at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. As a pianist, he has recently performed at St Louis Ethical Society, The St. Louis Central Library, Tavern of Fine Art and The Sheldon Concert Hall. His latest recital program was called “EPIC” which featured The Liszt B Minor Piano Sonata and the Beethoven Waldstein and Appassionata Sonatas. During the Liszt celebration year, he performed both the “ad nos” Fantasy and Fugue on organ and the B Minor Sonata on Piano at Christ Church Cathedral, St Louis. He recently performer the Saint-Saëns Fifth Piano Concerto with the University City Symphony Orchestra in October of this current year at Washington University.

    His compositions have been performed numerous times at The Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, including his Canticle Revelations which was commissioned for The Evening prayer Service during the Papal visit of Pope John Paul II to St Louis. He is currently writing a comic Operatic-Musical called “Aria,” taking on the task of Librettist, Composer and Lyricist. The debut performance of “Aria” (in concert form) was performed on April 25th of this year at The Chapel, here in St Louis.

    As a teacher, Mr. Jansen’s former students have won National Competitions, played with Orchestra and have Concertized throughout the St. Louis region, including Daniel Keuhler who performed a solo recital at The Sheldon Concert Hall at the ripe old age of eleven while under Mr. Jansen’s tutelage. His repertoire included a Bach Prelude and Fugue, the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (complete) a Chopin set including Etude Op.10 No.4 and Debussy’s Garden’s in the Rain. Mr. Jansen has served as Director of Music at a number of fine religious institutions including: St John’s United Church of Christ, St Louis, MO, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Baldwin, MO, The Basilica of St Adalbert, Grand Rapids, MI and St Anthony of Padua, St Louis, MO. Tim has been a member of the American Guild of Organists for almost twenty years and has served as Sub-Dean for the St Louis Chapter.


  • Program for October 23

  • Jesu, meine Freude, op. 65 no. 38 [Passacaglia mit Choral] (1909) – Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
  • Scherzetto, op. 108 no. 1 (1938) – Joseph Jongen (1873 – 1953)
  • Lento, op. 105 no. 3 (1908) – Charles Villiers-Stanford (1852 – 1924)
  • Mozart Changes (1995) – Zsolt Gárdonyi (b. 1946)
  • Meditation on St. Columba (2001) – M. Searle Wright (1918-2004)
  • Seven Pieces, op. 27, VII. Final (1931) – Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
  • Brent Johnson serves as organist at Third Baptist Church. He previously worked as a technician for the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, starting there in 1998 after studying organ with Robert T. Anderson at the Meadows School of the Arts and Kenneth G. Hart at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Brent teaches piano, organ, and percussion through the CityArts program at Third Baptist, and oversees production of the Internet audio stations Organlive and Positively Baroque, and The Organ Experience for the non-pro?t Organ Media Foundation.


  • Program for October 9

    Nick BotkinsFriday Pipes continues this week with a performance by Nick Botkins, Director of Sacred Music at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in South St. Louis. His program will be:

  • Prelude in E-flat Major (BWV 552) – J.S. Bach
  • Meditaciones Religiosas, Op. 122 – Louis-J.-A. Lefébure-Wély
    • no. 7 Andante “Choeur de Voix Humaines”
  • 24 Pièces in style libre, Op. 31 – Louis Vierne
    • Préambule
    • Cortège
    • Méditation
    • Divertissement
  • Nicholas Botkins is the Director of Sacred Music/Master of the Choirs at Saint Francis de Sales Oratory in Saint Louis, MO. The Oratory is an Apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Oratory Choir of Saint Francis de Sales is the principal choral ensemble for all feasts and solemnities at the Oratory. Their repertoire encompasses nearly eleven centuries of music, from medieval chant to renaissance polyphony, from orchestral Masses of the 18th and 19th century to new choral compositions that are consonant with the so-called Roman School of Sacred Music. Since 2008 the Oratory choir has sung hundreds of motets, as well as nearly thirty orchestral Masses. This September the Oratory Choir under the direction of Nicholas released its debut CD “O Lux Beatissima.” The CD includes the first commercial recording of Max Filke’s Missa in honorem beatae Mariae Virginis.

    Nicholas is also Chapel Organist for the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (Pink Sisters). In 2011 Nicholas edited the sisters’ English Kyriale for the new translation of the Mass; this Kyriale is now used by all of their English-speaking houses throughout the U.S. and England.


  • Program for Friday, October 2

    We start the October recitals with Nick Bideler, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton. His program will be:

  • Fantasy and Fugue in G-moll (BWV 542) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Vater unser im Himmelreich – Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
  • Three Psalm-Preludes, Op.32 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    • No.1- Psalm 34, v.6
  • Paean – Kenneth Leighton – (1929-1988)
  • Nicholas Bideler, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is currently the Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at The Church of Saint Michael and Saint George in Saint Louis. Nicholas holds degrees from the University of Kansas and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where his primary teachers have been Dr. James Higdon, Dr. Michael Bauer, and Dr. Roberta Gary. In 2004 Nicholas was appointed as the organist at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri where he also started a Royal School of Church Music program.   In 2008 he won first prize in the Strader International Organ Competition, and was a semi-finalist in both the 2011 Dublin International Organ Competition and the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal.  Nicholas has performed throughout the United States and Europe in such venues as the Trinity Church, Boston, Princeton University, St. Thomas Fifth Ave, NYC, Washington National Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, London, and Poiteirs Cathedral, France.


  • Program for September 18

    Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662 – J.S. Bach
    Psalm Prelude, set 1, no.1, Psalm 34 -Herbert Howells
    Naïades -Louis Vierne
    Miroirs – Ad Wammes
    Toccata – Alphonse Mailly

    Mary Beth Wittry is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (Bachelor of Music Education), where she studied organ under Margaret Sayre. She is also a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (Master of Music) where she studied organ under Jerald Hamilton. Mary Beth served as a full-time Director of Music at Immaculate Conception Parish in Springfield from 1985 to 2004, and as a part-time instructor of organ at Missouri State University from 1996 to 2004. After moving to St. Louis, she was on the faculty at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, serving as Director of Sacred Music, and was very active in the music program of the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Louis. Presently, Mary Beth is Director of Sacred Music at Church of Saint Gabriel the Archangel in the city of St. Louis.


  • Audio from September 11, 2015 – Kevin J. Vaughn

    In case you couldn’t make it, here’s the audio from the recital on September 11, 2015.
    The complete program can be found here.

  • Improvisation sur le ‘Te Deum’ -; Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
  • Meditation on ‘Brother James’ Air’ – Harold Darke (1888-1976)
  • Vorspeil und Satz ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’ – Hugo Distler (1908-1942)
  • Wie schön leucht’ uns der Morgenstern (F-Dur)
  • Wie schön leucht’t uns der Morgenstern (C-Dur)
  • In Festo Corporis Christi – Anton Heiller (1923-1979)
    Ante Introitum
    Post Offertorium
    Post Communionem
    Post Benedictionem

  • Program for Sep. 11, 2015

    • Improvisation sur le ‘Te Deum’ – Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
    • Meditation on ‘Brother James’ Air’ – Harold Darke (1888-1976)
    • Vorspeil und Satz ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’ – Hugo Distler (1908-1942)
    • Wie schön leucht’ uns der Morgenstern (F-Dur)
    • Wie schön leucht’t uns der Morgenstern (C-Dur)
    • In Festo Corporis Christi – Anton Heiller (1923-1979)
      Ante Introitum
      Post Offertorium
      Post Communionem
      Post Benedictionem

    Kevin J. VaughnKevin Vaughn is director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, and a doctoral candidate in organ performance at the University of Notre Dame where he studies with Craig Cramer. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano, organ, and sacred music as well as the American Guild of Organists’ colleague certificate. He was a semi-finalist in the 2013-2014 cycle of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance and, in the spring of this year, won Immanuel Lutheran Church’s (Evanston, Illinois) Organ Scholar Award. An active recitalist, Kevin performs solo organ recitals around the country as well as programs of sacred music for voice and organ with baritone Stephen Lancaster. Recent appearances include organ performances for the Rieth Chamber Series (Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana), the Twin Cities Organ Series (St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Michigan), and the Chadala Emerging Artists Series (New Albany, Indiana); collaborative programs for the Trinity Concert Series at St. Bede Church and Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Virginia); accompanist for St. Mark’s Cathedral Youth Choir (Seattle, Washington); and organist for major choral works including Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in the greater South Bend area. Kevin is also adjunct instructor of piano at the University of Notre Dame and of organ at Goshen College.