Events

Dec
5
Thu
Camerata: Lessons and Carols @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Dec 5 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Start off the Christmas season with the Saint Vincent Camerata’s traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols in the Saint Vincent Basilica. The Camerata was created in the spirit of the Florentine “Camerata dei Bardi”, a 16th century gathering of friends dedicated to music, poetry, art, and science. Comprised of  singers from the College, Seminary, Monastery and from the communities surrounding Saint Vincent Archabbey, the Camerata has been under the direction of Father Stephen Concordia, O.S.B. since 2008.

The Camerata has offered concert programs in numerous churches in the Pittsburgh area, at the Johnstown Concert Series, and, with the ‘All-University Chorus’ at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the direction of Manfred Honeck. They regularly perform with other distinguished choirs, including ‘Essence of Joy’ (Penn State), Schola Cantorum Franciscana (Steubenville) and with choirs in Bergamo and Lodi, during their their three choral  trips to Italy.  The Camerata is planning a tour of Bavarian Benedictine Monasteries in June of 2020.

Dec
7
Sat
Handel’s Messiah @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Dec 7 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thomas Octave, conductor

Saint Vincent College Singers and Festival Choir

Thomas Octave is associate professor of music at Saint Vincent College. He has degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. As a conductor, he is frequently seen presenting a multitude of varied genres of music including operas and musicals. He has collaborated with jazz legend Joe Negri in performances of “Mass of Hope,” The River City Brass Band, Highmark’s “The Caring Place” and renowned choreographer Maria Caruso. A champion of new music, Octave has premiered several major works by composer Nancy Galbraith, including her “O Magnum Mysterium,” “God of Justice,” “Novena” and “Lumen Christi.” He conducts the Saint Vincent College Singers and teaches courses in voice, music appreciation and opera. He is also the musical consultant to the archabbot. He is the music director of the Westmoreland Choral Society and the director of sacred music for the Diocese of Greensburg.

Dec
14
Sat
Saint Vincent Family Christmas Concert @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Dec 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thomas Octave, conductor

Thomas Octave is associate professor of music at Saint Vincent College. He has degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. As a conductor, he is frequently seen presenting a multitude of varied genres of music including operas and musicals. He has collaborated with jazz legend Joe Negri in performances of “Mass of Hope,” The River City Brass Band, Highmark’s “The Caring Place” and renowned choreographer Maria Caruso. A champion of new music, Octave has premiered several major works by composer Nancy Galbraith, including her “O Magnum Mysterium,” “God of Justice,” “Novena” and “Lumen Christi.” He conducts the Saint Vincent College Singers and teaches courses in voice, music appreciation and opera. He is also the musical consultant to the archabbot. He is the music director of the Westmoreland Choral Society and the director of sacred music for the Diocese of Greensburg.

Dec
15
Sun
Benedictine Spirituality Talk @ Brownfield Center, Saint Vincent Seminary
Dec 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The talks take place in the Brownfield Center on campus as part of the regular schedule of Oblate meetings at 3 p.m. Following the talks, Oblates are invited to pray Sunday vespers with the Benedictines.
Oblates or others wishing to purchase DVDs of the talks can visit the Saint Vincent College Bookstore.

Jan
21
Tue
Special Concert: Mark Schultz @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Jan 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Tickets: $20 | Non-SVC students $10 with ID

As a new contemporary Christian artist Mark Schultz sold more than a million albums. In the past two decades he has created ten more albums and had more ethan ten top singles. Schultz has landed the top spot on Billboard’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on 48 Hours, CNN and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In 2011, he released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, Letters From War, based on his hit song. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs, was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.
When he was about eight years old, Schultz began to teach himself piano by ear. He sang in musicals and with his friends in a band and was also very involved in athletics. Graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in marketing from Kansas State University, he drove to Nashville to try to make it in the music industry. He began writing songs for the youth at First Presbyterian Church and their families. He wrote personal songs of people’s struggles as well as songs for certain church events. The members of the church and specifically the mothers of the youth group helped Schultz organize a concert at the Ryman auditorium, which garnered a record deal for him.

Other albums include Song Cinema, Stories & Songs, Broken & Beautiful, Come Alive, Renaissance, All Things Possible, Hymns, Before You Call Me Home, Follow and Christmas. Top singles include “He’s My Son,” “I Am The Way,” “Back In His Arms Again,” “You Are A Child of Mine,” “I Am,” and “I Gave Up.”

As an adopted child, he has been a spokesperson for Bethany Christian Services, World Vision, Compassion, Food For the Hungry, The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and many others. In 2011, Schultz and his wife started the Remember Me Mission, which is a non-profit dedicated to helping orphans all over the world. Proceeds from Schultz’s music and other creative projects go toward healthcare and education for orphans at home and abroad.

Jan
25
Sat
Concert Series: Nathan Lee, piano @ Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Jan 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets: $26 per person | Season tickets: $117 per person | Flex Pass (any six admissions $125 each)

At the age of 15, Nathan Lee won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as fourteen special prizes. Lee, of Seattle, began playing the piano at the age of six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. His engagements this season include his Kennedy Center debut on the 39th Young Concert Artists Series in Washington, DC, recitals at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center, Rockefeller University, on the Harriman-Jewell Series (MO), at the Port Washington Library, and as soloist with the Seattle Symphony in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5.

Lee participated in Musicfest Perugia in Italy and the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. He has already been heard with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s From the Top, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, and he shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang on the Seattle Symphony’s Gala Evening. He has given recitals in Korea, for Radio France, and in Perugia, Italy where, to a sold-out audience, he performed in a “Three Generations Concert” featuring his instructor Sasha Starcevich, pianist and his instructor Ilana Vered, pianist.

Feb
15
Sat
Concert Series: Pennsylvania Pipes! @ Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pennsylvania Pipes! Three Pennsylvanian
Organists in Concert:

Donald Fellows, J. Christopher Pardini, Wesley Parrott

Tickets: $26 per person | Season tickets: $117 per person | Flex Pass (any six admissions $125 each)

Donald K. Fellows, a native of Glen Cove, New York, is organist and director of music of Saint Paul Cathedral and faculty member of the Department of Music of the University of Pittsburgh providing organ instruction. He is past chair of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, an organization in which he has been active since 1984. He is a former dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a former director of that organization’s Organ Artists Series. He earned the bachelor of music degree and master of music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1980 and 1987, respectively.  He pursued further studies in Cambridge, England in 1985 in the Cambridge Choral Studies Institute.

Christopher Pardini maintains an active concert schedule as a concert organist both in the United States and abroad. Serving as organist and director of music at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, Pardini earned the bachelor of music degree in sacred music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was an organ student of Donald McDonald and Eugene Roan. He also earned the master of music degree in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was a student of David Higgs. The first-place winner in the 1998 San Marino Organ Competition, in San Marino, California, Pardini has also studied organ with Kenrick Mervine and Gavin Black, and organ improvisation with Gerre Hancock. In addition, he has studied voice with Paulo Faustini and Tracy Chebra, and choral conducting with James Jordan and Andrew Magill. He is also a lecturer of music at Saint Vincent College.

Wesley Parrott currently serves as organist at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and as liturgical musician at Saint Francis De Sales Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia. He is also a regular assistant organist performing on the Macy’s Grand Court Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia.He holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia; The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; and Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York; and has been the winner of three U.S. national organ competitions. He has performed in such places as Longwood Gardens; Ocean Grove, New Jersey; The Kennedy Center; Washington National Cathedral; The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; Chartres Cathedral, and major churches and Cathedrals in England during choir tours given by The University Choir (The University of the South). His recordings are available through the Organ Historical Society.

Feb
20
Thu
Saint Vincent Players Into the Woods @ Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Feb 20 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Join the Saint Vincent Players in a student production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, based on the book by James Lapine. This popular musical will be a fun-filled show that has many memorable characters, songs and moments. Be careful what you wish for seems to be the ongoing theme in this show, according to Director Greggory Brandt. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, a young maiden named Cinderella, a distracted boy named Jack, his hard-working mother, a couple of charming princes, the tower-stricken maiden, Rapunzel, a witch who would do anything to find her youth and beauty again, a very hungry Little Red Riding Hood, and of course, the wolf. They all find themselves in the woods, where they are forced to face their fears, and learn a few of life’s lessons along the way.

Feb
21
Fri
Saint Vincent Players Into the Woods @ Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Join the Saint Vincent Players in a student production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, based on the book by James Lapine. This popular musical will be a fun-filled show that has many memorable characters, songs and moments. Be careful what you wish for seems to be the ongoing theme in this show, according to Director Greggory Brandt. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, a young maiden named Cinderella, a distracted boy named Jack, his hard-working mother, a couple of charming princes, the tower-stricken maiden, Rapunzel, a witch who would do anything to find her youth and beauty again, a very hungry Little Red Riding Hood, and of course, the wolf. They all find themselves in the woods, where they are forced to face their fears, and learn a few of life’s lessons along the way.

Feb
22
Sat
Saint Vincent Players Into the Woods @ Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center
Feb 22 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Join the Saint Vincent Players in a student production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, based on the book by James Lapine. This popular musical will be a fun-filled show that has many memorable characters, songs and moments. Be careful what you wish for seems to be the ongoing theme in this show, according to Director Greggory Brandt. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, a young maiden named Cinderella, a distracted boy named Jack, his hard-working mother, a couple of charming princes, the tower-stricken maiden, Rapunzel, a witch who would do anything to find her youth and beauty again, a very hungry Little Red Riding Hood, and of course, the wolf. They all find themselves in the woods, where they are forced to face their fears, and learn a few of life’s lessons along the way.