Thursdays @ Noon Concert Series

Every Thursday at 12 Noon from September through May (excluding Thanksgiving, the month of January, and the Thursday during Holy Week), Grace Church offers a series of short, 30 minute concerts for the benefit of the downtown Providence community and any visitors that stop by. These programs are informal and feature organ, vocal, or instrumental music by our resident musicians as well as guests from around the country. There is a free-will offering to help defray the costs of the series. Feel free to stay for a portion or the entire concert as your schedule allows. Upcoming concerts are posted in the church calendar at the bottom of the website as well as on the Grace Church Facebook page.

Scroll down to see the line-up of performers for the 2022-2023 Concert Season!
The Grace Church Organ Project

In October 2021, the Vestry of Grace Church formally announced the public launch of The Organ Project – A Plan for Restoration, Renovation, and Expansion of the organs at Grace Church. To learn more about this exciting endeavor, please click here or use the navigation tabs above under “Music”.

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2022-2023 Concert Season

September 8: Vincent Edwards, Organ

 

Vince Edwards has served as Organist & Director of Music at Grace Church in Providence since August 2015 and is an alumnus of Yale University, School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music. He will kick off the first Thursdays @ Noon Concert Series with a recital of organ music by J.S. Bach, Gerald Near, Healey Willan, and John Cook.

September 15: David Heinze, Organ

 

David Heinze, Associate Director of Music at Grace Church in Providence, is an award-winning organist, having won First Prize in several organ competitions, most recently in the first-ever National Competition in Organ Accompaniment, held in Washington, D.C. David is a graduate of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he was Organ Scholar. 

September 22: Eric Siepkes, Piano

 

Educated at the Eastman School of Music and Mannes College in NYC, pianist Eric Siepkes will play a program of music by Johannes Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His awards include the George Eastman Grant, the Howard Hanson Scholarship, and the Joseph Lawrence Noble Scholarship award.

September 29: Aija Rēķe, Violin and
Agita Arista, Flute

 

This Boston-based musical duo will present a program of music by composers of their native Latvia. Aija studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands and at Boston University where she won the Solo Bach Competition. Agita completed studies at the Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music and at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg and has performed with the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society of Boston Chamber Orchestra. 

October 6: Andrew Scanlon, Organ

 

Currently Associate Organist & Choirmaster at The Church of the Advent in Boston, Andrew’s playing has been described as “stately, well-measured, and exemplary” by the UK-based publication ‘The Organists’ Review’. Prior to his appointment at The Advent, Andrew was Professor of Organ at East Carolina University and Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina.

October 13: Colin Lynch, Organ

 

Hailed as “an impeccable performer with compelling musicality and technical command” (The American Organist Magazine), and a First Prize Winner of the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition, Colin maintains a busy performance career that has taken him to prominent venues throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina. In addition to concertizing, he is Interim Director of Music & Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston.

October 20: Benjamin Straley, Organ

 

Former Associate Director of Music and Organist of the Washington National Cathedral, Benjamin Straley is now an Episcopal priest, serving as Rector of Saint Stephen’s Church in Providence, RI, an Anglo-Catholic parish with a history of excellence in music and liturgy. Prior to ordination, he studied organ performance at Indiana and Yale Universities. In 2010, he became one of the few Americans in the history of the Haarlem Organ Festival to compete in its world-renowned improvisation contest.

October 27: Mark Tempesta, Tenor

Italian-American tenor, Mark Tempesta was a Resident Artist in the inaugural season of Jane Eaglen’s Mastersinger Program for Young Dramatic Voices at New England Conservatory. An alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Boston University and has starred in roles in productions of West Side Story and Madama Butterfly at the Shreveport Opera. In 2018 Mark received the Outstanding Performance Award from the Metropolitan International Music Competition.

November 3: Brown University Chamber Ensembles

 

This concert will feature students participating in Chamber Music Ensembles in the Music Department at Brown University. These groups generally consist of 3-5 musicians and are coached by highly-trained professional musicians, some of whom are Teaching Associates in the Applied Music Program at Brown. 

November 10: Peter Stolzfus Berton, Organ

 

An active composer and choral conductor/clinician, Peter Berton is Organist & Choirmaster of The Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds degrees in organ performance from The University of Michigan and Yale University, and studied with Robert Glasgow, Gerre Hancock, and Thomas Murray. Peter’s recital will include Spirituals arranged by Calvin Taylor and William Bolcom.

November 17: Jason Abel, Organ

 

Since 2005, Jason Abel has been Organist & Choirmaster at the historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. A graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee and Southern Methodist University, his teachers have included Robert Delcamp, Larry Palmer, and George Baker. Jason has been active in several music organizations, including serving as Coordinator of the Royal School of Church Music – Rhode Island Summer Course which has held its final service here at Grace Church. 

December 1: Cheryl Bishkoff, Oboe

 

Oboist Cheryl Priebe Bishkoff, described as “a musician of incredible artistry” (Richmond News Leader), is universally recognized for her inspiring musicality, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. Ms. Bishkoff is Principal Oboe of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. She has recorded with the Bethlehem Bach Festival on the Dorian and Analekta labels and is on the music faculty at Brown University.

December 8: Robert Lehman, Organ

 

Organist Robert Lehman currently holds the post of Interim Organist & Choirmaster at Saint Stephen’s Church in Providence. A seasoned church musician and composer, he has served several distinguished churches including the historic Christ Church, New Haven, the Church of St. Michael & St. George in St. Louis, and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. As a composer, his music has been published by several leading publishers and he keeps an active schedule of concert engagements and is a Fellow of Washington National Cathedral. 

December 15: Peter Krasinski, Organ

 

Specializing in live, improvised silent film accompaniment, Peter Krasinski has premiered this art-form in major venues in North America, Europe and Asia, and is the recipient of a number of prizes including the First Prize in Improvisation from the American Guild of Organists National Competition. Peter serves as House Organist of the Providence Performing Arts Center, performing regularly on the 1927 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ before shows.  He will offer a program of Christmas-themed repertoire and improvisations in anticipation of the holiday season.