Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church on Oct. 21 by William Wisnom


william-wisnomWilliam Wisnom, concert organist, gained national recognition after recent appearances at venues including The Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue in New York, Trinity Church in Boston, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Described by Dame Gillian Weir as having, “. . . a brilliant technique and a first-class musical intelligence,” Mr. Wisnom was a featured artist at the Region III Convention of the American Guild of Organists in 2011 where he was named a “Star of the Future”.

William studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, as well as Donald Sutherland and Dame Gillian Weir at the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in organ performance. Mr. Wisnom is the principal organist at Resurrection Catholic Church, in Burtonsville, MD.

The Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church will be on October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door (students $5).

Emmanuel will offer additional organ concerts on January 13, February 17, March 17 and May 5th. Please call the church office at 410-778-3477 if interested in buying a season ticket.

In 1993 a two-manual mechanical action organ instrument of 23-stops, 29-ranks, built by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, England, was installed in the north wall recess. During that year a number of special services and concerts celebrated the installation of the organ. Emmanuel continues to celebrate its wonderful instrument with this concert series.

Ken Cowan makes 21st Consecutive Appearance at Emmanuel on May 6


Ken Cowan will make his 21st consecutive appearance at Emmanuel Church on May 6th.   This remarkably talented organist has played every year to enthusiastic followers since Emmanuel’s Harrison organ was installed.  Besides displaying a huge variety of organ compositions at his recitals, all of the music is memorized.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 8.42.01 AMRecent feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. In addition, Mr. Cowan has been a featured artist in recent years at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO, and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Ken received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. His major teacher during high school years was James Bingham, Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, NY, which is not far from his hometown Thorold, Ontario, Canada.

In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.

Ken Cowan
 PM on May 5

Emmanuel Church
Cross Street 
Chestertown, MD

Emmanuel Church Sponsoring Maryland Boychoir


The Maryland State Tour Boychoir will perform in the choral works sacred and secular, spirituals, hymns, gospel, and popular music on March 13, 5:00 p.m. Now in its 28th season, the Choir serves as goodwill ambassadors throughout the state. Also over the years it has visited some 30 other states as well as countries in Europe. Tickets are $20 (available at the door, $5 for students.)

The concert will be held at Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown, MD.

For more information please call 410-778-3477

Washington College’s Premier Cappella Singers Perform March 6 at Emmanuel Church


WACappella is Washington College’s one and only coed a cappella group on campus. With all the stresses of college life constantly absorbing most students’ lives, Wacappella provides the perfect opportunity to de-stress. WACappella is like one big family and every year it expands and add some new faces. Last year it was proud to welcome eight new members to the group! The singers have a wide variety of music in their repertoire, including gospel, hymns, country, pop, and original compositions. They have played to packed audiences at past performances.

Washington College’s premier cappella Singers
Presents an afternoon of song
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St.
Admission is free, but any donation will be used to support the free lunch program during the National Music Festival in June

Trumpeter Paul Neebe and Organist David Lang at Emmanuel February 28


Emmanuel Church Chestertown and the National Music Festival presents a concert featuring Trumpeter Paul Neebe and Organist David Lang at Emmanuel Church 101 Cross St. Chestertown on February 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Organist David Lang

Organist David Lang

Trumpeter Paul Neebe

Trumpeter Paul Neebe

Mr. Neebe performs widely as a soloist across the Eastern United States and throughout Europe, where he has appeared with the Goethe Institute Cultural Program in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, as well as in Norway and Slovakia. He currently serves as principal trumpet of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and is the trumpet mentor of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.

Mr. Lang has gained prominence as a leading accompanist, vocal coach, and organist in the Washington D.C. area. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and George Mason Center among others. He serves as Director of the Reston Chorale, and is director of music at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Mclean, VA.  He has a Masters of Music degree from University of Louisville.

They have planned an exciting program combining the clarion tones of the trumpet with a variety of organ background music by composers such as Tartini, Damase, Hovhaness, and others.

Tickets: $20 at the door. Proceeds will finance meals for the National Music Festival players during its June 5 -18 2016 National Music Festival. 

Organist Vidrick Evans Performs Postponed for January 22


Update: The JULIE EVANS Organ Concert scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. has been POSTPONED due to the probability of inclement weather.

Julie Vidrick Evans, organist, will present a concert on Friday January 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Chestertown. Tickets at the door are $20, ($5 for students).

Ms Evans is an active recitalist and prize-winning organist. She has performed with distinguished ensembles and in solo concerts in cathedrals and concert halls across the U.S. and Eastern Europe including the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Princeton University Chapel, Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave. in New York.

Julie earned a Master of Music from The Catholic University of America as a student of Wojciech Wojtasiewicz and a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University as a student of Richard McPherson. She has served as Choral Conductor-in-Residence at American University, Washington, D.C. and Associate Conductor of Masterworks Chorus (now The National Philharmonic Chorale). She is currently Director of Music at The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. where she oversees a broad music program and is artistic director of the Annual Bach Marathon and The Chevy Chase Concert Series, now in its 44th season.She will present a varied program ranging from classics by such composers as Bach to more modern organ pieces such as Langlais, Vierne, or Dupre.

Additional information appears in the Emmanuel Church Web site:

Emmanuel Church to Hold Christmas Bazaar November 21


Emmanuel Church, Cross St. in downtown Chestertown will hold its ever popular Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Entrance is free.

The bazaar features a wide variety of goods for sale, including food preserves, jewelry, elegant elephants, knitted goods, silent auctions, and Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts, all proceeds going to local charities. The bazaar will feature a new book written and illustrated by Jane Scott, “Blackie the Invisible Dog,” the perfect gift for young readers. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year proceeds will go to Community Mediation Upper Shore, Good Neighbor Fund, and Meals on Wheels.

All are invited to a preview party the night before, Friday November 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $15 per person, which includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This is an opportunity to get first pick on items for sale.

Contact the Church office at 410-778-3477 for further information.

Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church by Ken Cowan on Friday


Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Ken received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program. Previous positions have included Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where he was awarded the 2008 Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church by Ken Cowan on Friday May 8th, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 at the door. (Students $5)

Emmanuel Church Hosts Organ Concert April 17


Well-known organist David Schelat will present an concert at Emmanuel’s Organ Concert Series on April 17. This is his second appearance at Emmanuel.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 9.35.56 AMMr. Schelat is the Minister of Music at First and Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE. He is also the Dean of the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is a frequent recitalist in the mid-Atlantic region, has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on American Public Media, “Pipedreams,” and is a member of the Concert Organist Cooperative. He has planned and played numerous hymn festivals in the United States, Canada, and in Europe, including festivals for conferences of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is also a composer.

David Schelat
Emmanuel Church
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $20 ($5 for students) are available at the door. Emmanuel Church is located on Cross St. in Chestertown.