The 2015-16 Sacred Arts Series will see an exciting program of concerts performed by some of the regions finest musicians. Each thirty-minute recital will be followed by Choral Evensong, sung by the semi-professional choir of Calvary Church. Additionally, in Advent the choir will present the iconic Christmas service of Nine Lessons and Carols, modeled after King's College, Cambridge, UK.  If you are interested in supporting Calvary's Sacred Arts Series. please contact Shawn Dawson, Interim Director of Music.


Sunday, 25 September, 2016

5:00 pm Lisa Lewis, Organ

Lisa Lewis, a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a 10th generation Kentuckian, has served as the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church since May 1984.  Ms. Lewis studied with Melvin Dickinson at the University of Louisville, earning both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Organ Performance.  Summer study in Germany with Harald Vogel (1978) gave the opportunity to practice and perform on historic instruments in Scharmbeck, Stade, Cappel, and Eenum, creating an intense interest in early music performance practices. Similar study in France (1988) resulted in recitals on the historic Clicquot organ in Souvingy and the Cavaille-Coll organ in Castelnaudery.  Ms. Lewis also studies independently with Dr. Roberta Gary to prepare for the delivery of St. Luke's new organ (2013) built by Martin Pasi.

5:30 pm Choral Evensong


Sunday, 23 October, 2016

Peter Phelan

Peter Phelan

David Myers

David Myers

5 pm Peter Phelan and David Myers, Cello

Peter Phelan and David Myers are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degrees in cello performance at the University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music, where they study with Cincinnati Symphony principal cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn.

Peter is an active freelancer and performer in the Cincinnati area. In addition to performance engagements, Peter also keeps a number of private students. His students range in age from six to sixty years old and all have different musical backgrounds, learning styles, and physical abilities.  

David Myers is a versatile performer with a repertoire spanning over 500 years. Having received early childhood training as a pianist, Mr. Myers took his first cello lesson at the age of 12.  Mr. Myers will finish a bachelor’s degree at the University of Cincinnati in spring 2017, after which he plans to pursue graduate work in early music, and is an active freelancer in the Cincinnati tri-state area. 

5:30 pm Choral Evensong


Sunday, 18 December, 2016

7:00 pm A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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Sunday, 22 January, 2017

5:00 pm Michael Bolden of Christ Church Methodist, will perform a concert of Gospel Music.

5:30 pm Choral Evensong


Sunday, 26 February, 2017

5:00 pm Kathleen Karr, Flute

5:30 pm Choral Evensong


Sunday, 26 March, 2017

5:00 pm  Matilda Ertz, Harpsichord

Dr. Matilda Ertz is the piano instructor at the Youth Performing Arts School. She also teaches music history at the University of Louisville School of Music as well as piano and harpsichord in the Community Music Program. She has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Oregon with a supporting area in piano performance, and Master of Music Degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She attended SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music for her undergraduate degree in music education with certificates in piano pedagogy and performance. Dr. Ertz has performed and taught piano for over fifteen years, with students ranging from preschool to retirement, from New York to Oregon. She has taught and performed on harpsichord since 2004. Her first major project was a collaboration on recording the complete keyboard works of Johann Mattheson. She has performed many harpsichord concerts of Mattheson’s music including a fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival. Dr. Ertz also performs new music, and performed in Louisville’s “Here and Now” concert series at 21C Museum. Most recently she has performed in a duo harpsichord concert with Dr. Jack Ashworth at the University of Louisville School of Music and with the MuiscEx concert series. As a musicologist, she studies music and dance, particularly ballet music, and has published and presented internationally on a range of topics including George Balanchine, Schneitzhoeffer’s score to Filippo Taglioni’s La Sylphide, Nijinska’s and Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and Salvatore Viganò’s La Vestale. Her dissertation, “Nineteenth-century Italian Ballet Music before National Unification: Sources, Style and Context,” covers largely uncharted territory in music and dance scholarship and draws on manuscripts from the Harvard Theatre Collection and the New York Public Library Research Collections. Her newest research has been on the Italian ballo fantastico and the Risorgimento in Italian ballet. She brings her love of music history and historical performance into class, with the philosophy that musical performance and interpretation are only deepened by musical understanding beyond the score.

5:30 pm Choral Evensong

Shawn Dawson, Conductor
Preces & Responses - Gerre Hancock
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis - Herbert Howells
Like as the Hart - Herbert Howells

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time TBD Ascension Service

Combined Choirs of Calvary Episcopal Church and Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral