The Evening Concert Series features classical music and showcases local and nationally recognized artists and the Cross Tracker Organ.
Evening concerts begin at 7:30pm and are usually an hour and a half, including a brief intermission.
Each concert is followed by a reception with refreshments and an opportunity to interact informally with the performer(s).
$10 per person, children admitted free.
All performances are held at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY.
The church is located within one block of the Essex - Charlotte Ferry. During the summer months the ferry operates late enough in the evening to accommodate visitors to the evening programs from Vermont.
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Moving to the USA, Carol undertook postgraduate study at Yale University under the direction of Professor Thomas Murray where she was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma together with the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. She then became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island's Garden City and undertook Doctoral study under Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. degree.
Carol's performances have taken her all over the world. Some popular venues include: St. Sulpice and Notre Dame, Paris; Westminster Abbey; St. Paul's Cathedral; King's College, Cambridge; Queen's College, Oxford; Blenheim Palace; Woolsey Hall, Yale University; Memorial Chapel, Harvard University; St. Patrick's, New York; Washington National Cathedral; Riverside Church, New York. She has also given numerous concerts in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Monaco, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, China and Russia. En route, Carol has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her contribution to music.
In October of 2001 Dr. Carol Williams was the first woman in the world to be appointed as Civic Organist. She has been the San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society in San Diego, California since 2001.
He has played piano for 14 years and has taken lessons from Carol Bachand, Jennifer Moore, Rose Chancler, and Siu Yan Luk. He has played trumpet for 10 years and has taken lessons from Herm Matlock. He has played bagpipes for 9 years and has received instruction from Bruce Gandy, Alex Gandy, James MacHattie, Kylie MacHattie, Ken Eller, Jim McGillvary, Rob Crabtree, Jack Lee, and Ian K MacDonald.
Adam has also been singing causally for the past 5 years, and more focused this past year with his musical director tenure, and joining of a co-ed RIT Acapella Group, Proof of Purchase.
Currently, Adam is a Sophomore at the Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing a degree in Software Engineering. He hopes to obtain three minors: Music Performance, Music Technology, and American Sign Language.
Prior to his appointment in Rye, Mr. Sheranian was enrolled at Yale University through the Institute of Sacred Music, where he completed his Master of Music degree. While enrolled at Yale, Mr. Sheranian was engaged as Fellow in Church Music at Christ Church New Haven, where he worked with Martin Jean and Robert Lehman. His undergraduate training was completed at the New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of William Porter. As a student in Boston, he worked with Michael Kleinschmidt as Assistant Organist at All Saints, Ashmont. He has given solo recitals at Boston's Old West and Old South Churches, Busch Hall at Harvard University, St. Mary the Virgin and St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, Woolsey Hall at Yale University and on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. In February of 2006, Mr. Sheranian undertook a concert tour of Japan, where he played solo recitals at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. This season, in addition to playing here in Essex, he has given solo recitals at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts, the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, and at Trinity Church, Copley Square in the City of Boston.
In addition to his church and concert engagements, Mr. Sheranian is involved as a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has served as a Regional Chair of that organization. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Royal School of Church Music in America.
Andrew returns to Essex after a very favorable reception last summer.
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After leaving SUNY Plattsburgh, he directed the Crane Jazz Ensemble at the Crane School of Music, and was director of bands at Franklin Academy in Malone, New York. As a professional musician he has performed with many jazz and pop luminaries, including Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Aretha Franklin, and The Temptations.
A former student of Renold Schilke, Herm is now retired and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Plattsburgh as well as at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, New York.
Martha has been a guest artist/clinician at The Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. She has been a featured guest performer and workshop presenter at national harp conferences and festivals, including The American Harp Society National Conference, The Somerset Harp Festival, The Big Sky Harp Festival, The Southeastern Harp Weekend and HarpCon. Several of her articles have been published in both The American Harp Journal and the Folk Harp Journal.
Martha has delved into working with a variety of ensembles, arranging and performing many of her original works with symphonies, vocal ensembles, hand bell ensembles, and other groups. She has produced and recorded five CDs of primarily original music on her independent label, Singing Strings.
Martha's theatre training and creative movement work includes intensive studies with Shakespeare and Co. and The Celebration Barn Theatre. An actress, storyteller and poet, her live performances go "beyond concert" and into the realm of a one-woman show.
A consummate artist, her piano interpretations have a rare beauty and authenticity. More than just an accomplished solo musician, Jessica calls upon her abilities to help awaken others to their own true nature. Using her pioneering approach to piano duet improvisation, The Duet Paradigm(R) Jessica has improvised side-by-side at the piano with hundreds of individuals, including those with disabilities. Her wide experience has given rise to a profound understanding of the human condition while revealing the dynamics of healing and change. The result: a potent transformational framework that can be applied with or without music in personal, educational, organizational, and geo-political contexts.
Born into a musical family, Jessica began piano at age six and was improvising and composing from the outset. Her pedagogical lineage through her mother, pianist Miriam Roemischer, links directly to Frederic Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven. Captivated by the timeless beauty of classical music, Jessica was also a "child of the '60's" (and '70's) and found herself equally as compelled by the soaring harmonies of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, the inimitable guitar of Led Zeppelin, and the hypnotic vocalizations of Van Morrison. Learning to play her favorite songs by ear, she simultaneously pursued classical piano studies with Marilyn Sophos and won awards at the Westchester (NY) Symphony and Westchester Conservatory Concerto competitions, among others.
Since graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1982, Jessica has taught on four continents. Her innovative work in music is informed by a life-long study of philosophy, aesthetics, spirituality and evolutionary thought.