Organ & Recitals

2019–2020 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 one matinée vocal performance—at St. Michael’s 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 organ 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.

Please join us in welcoming this distinguished group of musicians to St. Michael's Church.

Concert Schedule

Sunday October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Raymond Hawkins, organist

Sunday November 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Mary Dolch, organist

Saturday January 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm
SongFest! Sarah Hunter & Katie Hoyer, vocalists, and Douglas Major, piano

Sunday March 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Damin Spritzer, organist

Sunday May 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Peter Krasinski, organist

Organizer's Note: Peter will improvise live organ music to accompany the film
Grandma’s Boy, starring Harold Lloyd (1922). This film was highly influential, helping to pioneer feature-length comedies which combined gags with character development. This film was also an immensely popular, commercially successful film in its time. Peter Krasinski is considered to be the finest “silent movie” organist currently playing!

About the Performers

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Raymond Hawkins

Raymond Hawkins is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. While pursuing his studies there as a Kenan Organ Scholar, Raymond developed his career both as a church musician and performing artist. In the domain of church music, he served Augsburg Lutheran Church as music intern for one year before becoming the organist at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, both located in Winston-Salem. As a performer, he has given solo recitals across the country in venues such as the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco and Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard University. Raymond is the newly-appointed Director of Music at St. Michael's.

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Mary Dolch
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Mary Dolch is a New Hampshire-born organist, singer, and conductor. She has earned degrees from Westminster Choir College and Yale University, where she studied organ with Matthew Lewis and Thomas Murray, respectively. She has won several awards for her playing in both piano and organ, including The Charles Ives Prize in 2015 and the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ in 2014. She currently works at St. Paul’s School in Concord NH, where she serves as Associate Director of Chapel Music. She teaches organ, voice, and musicianship classes, and assists with the choirs.

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

Our next concert: Saturday January 18, 2020
SongFest! A wide-ranging selection of beautiful songs and duets from North America, South America, and elsewhere. This program will feature St. Michael’s two multi-talented singers, Sarah and Katie, performing some of their favorite songs, with exquisite piano accompaniment by former Music Director Douglas Major. This is the fourth year this trio has brought their wonderful talent to St. Michael’s Concert Series, and it promises to be an afternoon to remember!

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Damin Spritzer

Dr. Damin Spritzer, a native of Washington and Oregon, is Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma and Artist-in-Residence for Cathedral Arts at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas. She has performed in Israel, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Norway, France, and throughout the United States, and released five critically-acclaimed CDs for Raven Recordings recorded in France, the U.S., and England. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from the University of North Texas, her MM in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, and her BM in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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Peter Krasinski

Peter Edwin Krasinski is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community, and as a conductor, organist and music educator, whose imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances, he specializes in the art of live improvised silent film accompaniment, worldwide. He is the recipient of a number of prizes including the First Prize in Improvisation from the American Guild of Organists National Competition. Mr. Krasinski, past Dean of the Boston chapter of the American Guild of Organists, currently serves as Organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Providence RI, and is faculty member of St. Paul’s Choir School, Cambridge MA. He regularly presents masterclasses in improvisation to the Harvard Organ Society. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Organ Performance, and the Master of Sacred Music Degree from Boston University.

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last update 11/25/2019