2017 Cathedral Concert Series

 *to view the PDF of the concert brochure, click here –  2017 – Concert Series Brochure 

St. Paul Cathedral

2017 Concert Series Presents

simon thomasSimon Thomas Jacobs – Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:00pm

In July 2013, Simon Thomas Jacobs was awarded both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition. As the 22nd organist to receive this distinction since 1963, he has secured a place alongside some of the world’s finest concert organists and has subsequently built an international reputation for his innovative programming, exacting technique, and engaging performances. In May 2015, The Diapason magazine included him on its “Twenty Under Thirty” listing of artists under the age of 30 who are exhibiting “superior accomplishments, leadership, and creativity” within the pipe organ profession.



kenneth danchikKenneth Danchik – Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

Ken is Associate Organist of St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh. With over forty years of service as a church musician, performer, teacher, and composer, Ken earned degrees in organ performance and sacred music with Dr. Ann Labounsky. His compositions for handbells, organ and brass are published by GIA Publications, and Fred Bock Music.  Several projects are underway, adapting the piano music of Frederic Chopin for and organ and various instruments.



The Summer Series – Sundays at 4:00pm

July 9: Kevin Vaughn – South Bend, Indiana.

July 16: Jeanne Kohn – Ascension Church – Pittsburgh.

July 23: Gail Henry – Memorial Park Church – Pittsburgh,

with trumpeter Rick Murrell.

July 30: Joseph Balistreri – Blessed Sacrament Cathedral – Detroit

August 6: Don Fellows – St. Paul Cathedral – Pittsburgh,

with saxophonist Steve Sharek.

August 13: Christopher Berry – Basilica of St. Josaphat-Milwaukee, and Carthage College-Kenosha, Wisconsin.

August 20: Nicholas Will – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, and Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio.


matthew dirstMatthew Dirst – Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30pm

Matthew is Professor of Music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, where he teaches courses in music history and performance practice. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston www.arslyricahouston.org, a Grammy-nominated ensemble that specializes in Baroque chamber and dramatic works.




giancarlo parodi Giancarlo Parodi – Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30pm

Giancarlo’s immense career emanates from the following institutions: The Vatican; the Milan Conservatory; the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta of Gallarate; the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome; past- president of the Italian Association of Church Organists; he has recorded over fifty CD’s and LP;s, and has performed in over 20 International sites.




margaret hooperMargaret Harper – Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

Meg was a stipendiate at the 2012 Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition.  In the same year, she was the inaugural recipient of the James B. Cochran Prize, which is awarded annually for the best organ degree recital at the Eastman School of Music. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.  Margaret has presented academic papers at national conferences of the American Bach Society and the American Guild of Organists.

Meg is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH. She is on the faculty and the board of the Young Organist Collaborative and is the director of the chamber music series Concerts on the Hill.

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Concerts take place in St. Paul Cathedral

(corner of Fifth Avenue & Craig Street/Oakland).

Free Admission ~ a free-will offering will be gratefully received.

Cathedral Music Office/412-621-6082 ~ donaldfellows@verizon.net