Organ & Recitals

2016–2017 St. Michael's Concert Series

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” —Victor Hugo

We cordially invite you to join us for a distinguished series of organ recitals—and this year, a vocal performance—at St. Michaelís Church. Built in 1714, the church is home to the 22-stop 1975 Charles Fisk mechanical action organ, and it enjoys an acoustical space that is ideal for music.

Our artists have chosen programs that range from the 18th-century tradition of Bach and his contemporaries to works by living composers.

A suggested donation of $10 may be made at the door. Subscriptions to support all five concerts may be purchased for $50. A reception follows each performance in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!


Concert Schedule

Sunday October 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Douglas Major

Sunday November 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Joshua Lawton

Saturday January 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Sarah Hunter & Katie Hoyer (Vocalists), Nick Yeager (Bass), and Doug Major (Piano)
Concert to be held in the Parish Hall

Sunday March 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Stuart Forster

Sunday May 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Mark Laubach


About the Performers

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Douglas Major

Our own Music Director Doug Major opens the series with a recital of engaging and fun music, some of which was written for organ and some being transcriptions of music for orchestra. He will include "America the Beautiful" arranged by Claire Fischer, "Harmonies du Soir" by Karg-Elert, some beautiful Bach, and there will always be a surprise or two!

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Joshua Lawton

A native of Worcester, MA, Joshua T. Lawton is an accomplished organist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer, and composer living and working in the Boston area. Josh received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and then completed a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance with distinction from the Longy School of Music, studying with Peter Sykes. He has performed as recitalist, continuo player, and chamber musician throughout Massachusetts, as well as in San Francisco. He presently serves as choral accompanist of Cantilena, a women's chorale in Arlington, and as Music Director at the Episcopal church of Trinity Parish in Newton Centre.

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Katie Hoyer, Doug Major, and Sarah Hunter (l-r)

Here is a matinée you won't want to miss! Sarah, Katie, and Doug have been wanting to present a program like this for several years, and since we'll be out of the church for the painting project, this is our opportunity. We'll hear music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, some Brubeck (!), and some show tunes that will have you humming along and tapping your foot.

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Stuart Forster
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Stuart Forster has been Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, the Episcopal Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, since 1999. His performances as soloist, accompanist, and conductor have been broadcast around the world, and he has recorded numerous CDs, including solo performances on the JAV and Pro Organo labels. His book, Hymn Playing: A Modern Colloquium, draws on interviews with leading church musicians to document expert techniques of hymn leadership and accompaniment with the organ. Dr. Forster has written orchestral transcriptions for the organ, liturgical music for congregations (including more than 100 hymn arrangements), organ music, and choral anthems. His landmark organ transcription of Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony, “From the New World”, was published by Éditions Chantraine, Belgium. Dr. Forster holds degrees from Trinity College of Music (London), the University of Sydney, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Yale University, and the Graduate Theological Foundation, where his doctorate focused on the congregation’s experience of flow and music within liturgy.

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Mark Laubach

Our next recital: Sunday May 21, 2017
Since 1984, Mark Laubach has served as the Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mark holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Eastman School of Music, and enjoys an active recital and recording career. His program will include music by Bach, as well as a wide range of 19th and 20th century masterworks for organ.

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