April Second Saturday Series Concert

April 9, 2016 – Children’s Choir Festival

Admission: Freewill offering.

Karol serves as Director of Youth & Children’s Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA (18 years), developing singing and ringing choirs for preK- 12th graders. She serves as co-director for the Choristers Guild INSTITUTE, a three-summer certification program for Children’s Church Choir Directors held at Wingate University, and also for Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC, an innovative music & worship-filled week (July) for 1st graders through adults. Before All Saints’, Karol served as organist, choir director, and pre-school music teacher in NC, SC, and GA in Lutheran, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations and schools. Karol directed the Elementary Choruses at Atlanta’s Paideia School for eight years and in 2009 conducted the North Carolina Sixth Grade All-State Chorus. Her articles, anthem studies, and hymn arrangements appear in The Chorister and Augsburg Fortress’ Sundays and Seasons and Prelude. Recently Karol presented at the National Conference for Sacred Music in Naples, FL, directed the Youth Choir at First Plymouth’s Abendmusik Choral Festival in Lincoln, NE, and taught at Shenandoah University’s Summer Church Music Institute, Winchester, VA. She has served as a choral clinician for Youth Lutherans Sing, Massanetta Springs, Bonclarken, Mabel Boyter Choir Camp, Virginia Baptist All-State, and other regional choral festivals. Karol attended Wittenberg University (OH) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC), receiving her BME (organ) from Lenoir-Rhyne. She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, Kindermusik, Musicgarten, studied voice at the Mannes School of Music, and sang with the Riverside Church Choir in NYC. She and her husband have two grown children, Anna, an actress and theatre educator and Will, a metal artist.
Festival Organist: SEAN O’NEAL
Sean Coburn O’Neal was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. He began musical studies with the piano at age 10, and then with the organ at age 16. Sean has received various musical honors and awards from various musical organizations, most notably having been awarded the first place performance prize in two regional American Guild of Organists competitions: Arizona, 1995, and Hawaii, 1997. Sean is a frequent recitalist, both locally and around the United States, having been featured at the national AGO convention in Denver, CO. (1998); has performed in other prestigious venues around the U.S. such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle, WA), Grace Episcopal Cathedral (San Francisco, CA), St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral (San Francisco, CA), First Congregational Church (Los Angeles, CA); and at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles (Los Angeles, CA). In June of 2000, Sean was featured on the national public radio program “Pipe Dreams” and, in September of 2001, was the featured soloist with the Long Beach Symphony in a performance of the “Organ Symphony” by Saint-Saens. In addition to playing the organ and piano and choral conducting, Sean has been a pipe organ builder for nearly 20 years in the Southern California area, and is the owner of O’Neal Pipe Organ Service of Long Beach, CA. Sean is also currently the Director of Music & Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, CA. Sponsored by Glendale City Church Private Donor Supported by Chorister’s Guild.

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