On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Concerts at Saint Mary will present organist Daniel Chang in a concert which will explore the many tonal resources of St. Mary’s 49-rank Robert William Wallace pipe organ.
Awarded Third Prize in the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance at the 2018 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, Daniel Chang is one of the upcoming young artists of our day. A native of San Francisco, California, Mr. Chang is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with the renowned David Higgs. Prior to his time at Eastman, Mr. Chang studied composition with David Conte and piano with Alla Gldysheva, both at the San Francisco Conservatory. Daniel Chang also serves as Director of Music at Saint John Episcopal Church, Canandaigua, New York.
The concert program which will be presented by Mr. Chang will include performances of J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in a minor, Vierne’s Etoile du Soir, Franck’s Cantabile, and Allegro from Symphony No. 6 by Charles-Marie Widor. Admission to the concert is free and a free-will offering will be taken to support future Concerts at Saint Mary productions. Following the concert there will be a reception in the church’s Parish Life Center where there will be an opportunity to meet Daniel Chang and share fellowship with others.
You can never say Thank you too much. But it is nice to try. A great tradition in our parish family is the annual volunteer appreciation dinner. This is a dinner to which all who volunteer in any capacity at the parish are cordially invited. Please see page 10 in the bulletin here for more details, and I’d also love to have your nominations for possible volunteers of the year! Email nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of Elena Doyle…. she has recently been promoted within the office staff to be my Executive Assistant, in addition to continuing to help with outreach. Having her work full time will help us to accomplish even more! Welcome Elena!
Additionally, Chris Lanzarone is taking on additional responsibilities for the Facilities. He has a wealth of knowledge of how and why our facilities run as they do, and is excited to face the challenge of these new responsibilities.
There is one more new person potentially coming on board part time, and we are working out the details with their schedule to be able to help use their gifts in service of our parish family. Thanks to all who applied last month in response to my unusual job listing. I wish I could have hired many more of you as each has some amazing gifts and talents to share!
Vocations awarenesses week is celebrated this week, and we are privileged to have a seminarian with us speaking at all the Masses this week. Perhaps this week you might find the courage to encourage a vocation! Maybe you can say to someone you know, “I think you would make a good ______ (priest or deacon or sister)!” You never know if you might be a part of the means by which the Lord draws someone to serve him with their lives!