Organ Recital Series is Back!

Back in the spring of 2020, before the pandemic interrupted so many of our plans, we were preparing to launch a recital series to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of our wonderful Fisk organ. Just a few short weeks before the first of those concerts, we realized that we needed to postpone. We are excited to announce that after a two year delay, this series will begin this March. We will welcome back some familiar faces across the coming months. It will be a wonderful chance to reconnect with some former music staff members, and to hear some great music on this remarkable instrument!

I will play the first of the recitals in March, featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Suite, Op. 5, a towering masterpiece of the organ repertoire. May’s recital will feature Ben Outen, our former Director of Music who served St. Peter’s and Charlotte Choir School for 24 years. 

The series will resume in the fall with a recital in September given by former assistant Patrick Pope. Patrick is currently the Director of Music just down the street at Holy Comforter and has continued to be a presence in our community, even after his time on staff. In October, Aaron Goen will be our recitalist. Aaron became the assistant at St. Peter’s just prior to the arrival of the Fisk, and then served here for several years after its completion. He is currently Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and is also the Director of Choral Music for the lower grades at the National Cathedral School. 

And finally, in November, we will welcome renowned organist, Todd Wilson. Though Todd has never been on staff at St. Peter’s, he was my teacher and also taught our most recent former assistant, Garrett Law. Todd will offer a Saturday evening concert and will also play for a special celebratory Evensong on Sunday, with singers from St. Peter’s Choir and the MasterSingers of Charlotte Choir School.

We are blessed at St. Peter’s to have such a magnificent instrument to support our worship, inspire our singing, and enhance our parish life. I hope you will join us as we celebrate the 10-year (+2!) anniversary of C. B. Fisk, Op. 136.

Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist

10-year (+2!) Recital Series
All events are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated

Saturday, March 19 — Elizabeth Lenti
Saturday, May 21 — Ben Outen
Saturday, September 17 — Patrick Pope
Saturday, October 22 — Aaron Goen
Saturday, November 12 — Todd Wilson
Sunday, November 13, 5:00 p.m. — Evensong, with Todd Wilson

Singing in church is back. Join us for Worship. The Diocese of N.C. has returned to late-2020 safety protocols, meaning that it’s possible for us to sing during worship and for the St. Peter’s Choir to lead the music at the 11:15 a.m. service. Diocesan guidelines still require masks indoors for all services and other gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. For those who prefer additional space during worship, those seats are available in the Chapel.

New Member Recognition Sunday. On February 6 at the 11:15 a.m. service, we will recognize new members who have joined St. Peter’s in 2020 and 2021 through either completing a membership form or baptism. There will be a reception in the lobby following the service to honor these new members. All are welcome to attend.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this Sunday. As we continue to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID variant, we are evaluating if we will be able to return in person this Sunday. Please look for an email from Anna Hurdle or check the Parents Connect Facebook page for an update. For questions and link information, please contact Susan Dosier (susan@dkcommunicationsgroup.com). In person formation for youth (grades 6–12) and adults takes place at 10:00 a.m. 

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church

Formation, 10:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream

Reception to honor new members, 12:30 p.m., Lobby 

Sunday Book Group, 2:00 p.m., Zoom (st-peters.org/bookclub-sunday)