St. John’s Concert Series

2017 – 2018

Sunday, August 27, 2017 4 PM – Susquehanna Chorale

The Susquehanna Chorale, founded in 1981 by Artistic Director Linda Tedford, has emerged as one of the outstanding choral ensembles in the United States. Past seasons have included performances at the Washington National Cathedral, conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the PA House of Representatives at the State Capitol, and at Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. The Chorale has also toured Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany and performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Susquehanna Chorale is honored to be the recipient of. The Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence, Chorus America’s highest national award. Ms. Tedford holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University and is a frequent guest conductor and clinician.


Sunday, October 1, 2017 4 PM – Silverwood Trio

In the past 15 years, this distinct trio has performed at numerous locations all over the York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg areas., including the PA Governor’s Mansion. They enjoy playing a wide variety of repertoire including classical, folk, Irish and contemporary popular selections and love to cater to their audiences!  From the Mozart to the Beatles, they have it covered.


Sunday, November 5, 2017 4 PM – Chorale Evensong/Sean Johnson & David Mirowski – guitars

Sean Johnson has performed for 12 years in the Maryland/DC area. He graduated with a BA in Music Performance with an emphasis in classical guitar from UMBC and led the guitar ensemble. David Mirowski also graduated from UMBC with a music degree in classical guitar performance. During his time at UMBC, he studied guitar under Peabody alumnus Dr. Zane Forshee, and performed in various ensembles.


Saturday, December 2, 2017 7 PM – Hershey Handbell Ensemble

Under the direction of Artistic Director, Dr. Shawn Gingrich, the Hershey Handbell Ensemble was formed in 2004 to fulfill the need for an auditioned community ensemble comprised of persons interested in advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance.  Their previous concerts at St. John’s brought to life the full potential of the sanctuary’s magnificent acoustics. The fifteen member group performs seasonally in April and December on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes, and assorted other instruments.


Sunday, January 21, 2018 4 PM – Chiaroscuro “Silence Optional”

Maria Thompson Corley has appeared on radio, television, and concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Europe, both as a solo and collaborative artist. Sara Male is a Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster and Adjunct Professor of Cello at Elizabethtown College. As Duo Chiaroscuro, they make their art available to those on the autism spectrum by presenting concerts of less than an hour, with short breaks throughout and projected visuals.


Sunday, February 11, 2018 4 PM – Choral Evensong/Adelina Astarita & Sophie Dekker & Sara Male –  cellos

Sophie, a sophomore at Northeastern HS, is a cellist with the PMEA District 7 and Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras. She performs frequently in ensembles at York College and the YCPrep Community Music School.

Adelina began playing cello at the age of nine and at age 17 moved to France to study cello. She is a member of the Lancaster County Youth Symphony and Sinfonia at Linden Hall.


Sunday, March 18, 2018 4 PM – Liana Paniyeva

Liana Paniyeva began winning prizes in piano competitions in Ukraine in 2002 and continued most recently at the Iowa International Piano Competition in 2015. She has performed at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Syria, Italy, Israel, Scotland, South Africa, and in multiple states of the USA. During the 2012-2013 season, she performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her solo recital in 2016 at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT Radio.


Sunday, April 15, 2018 4 PM – Terell Stafford & Friends

Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player who combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. He is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) and can be heard performing on over 130 albums.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018 10 AM – Community Independence Day Service/First Capital Brass

Our service with Holy Communion will use the liturgy from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. York’s own First Capital Brass will once again provide patriotic music for this popular service and present a recital immediately following. Attendees will have the opportunity to ring York’s Liberty Bell, housed in St. John’s Lovelace Commons.