2020 Recital Series

At Noon Tuesdays in April, July and October
Half-hour recital with a light lunch to follow


     Music.  It is the one common theme that every culture, over the entire span of time, enjoys and participates in.  From our earliest ancestors, to Arctic Eskimos, to Amazonian tribes, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, all people sing, listen or play music.  We use music to wake our astronauts in the deepest reaches of space.  We listen and sing by ourselves in our cars or showers and together as communities.  It is said to calm the most savage of beasts.

     Come share music with us at First Lutheran in Johnstown.  Be inspired and rejuvenated.  Meet with us on Tuesdays at noon during July.

Fill your soul with music and stay for a light lunch.

                Come. Listen. Be Inspired. 
                                                                                        --Tom Roberts, former FLC Council VP

Tuesday October 27 - Our only recital this year:


Matthew Sprinkle, who became our organist Sept. 13, will present a

recital of classics and improvisation at noon Tuesday, Oct. 27.


Matthew immediately drew acclaim from our congregation for

his improvisations. He studied the technique with Dr. Gerre Hancock

at Juilliard School of Music in New York City. 

He holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

and the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.

He is a native of Johnstown and returned here to spend more time

with his mother, who still lives here and attends our services.


He has served at large congregations throughout the United States

and at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He is a member of

the Liturgical Music Commission of the Archdiocese of Washington. 

This special event is the only noon recital of 2020, because of the virus.

Those who attend will wear masks and sit in pews marked

for social distancing.


There will be no lunch afterwards, again because of the virus.


The First Lutheran recital series receives
state arts funding support through a grant from the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded
by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National
Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

The recital series is regularly                                                 
supported by:                                                                                                                                     
* The Carolyn Walker Music Fund
* Contributors at lunch after each recital

Community Foundation's Role
Over the past several years the
Community Foundation for the
Alleghenies has contributed $20,000
toward rebuilding the 3,000-pipe
Skinner organ.

Recital Kudos:


George Fattman notes, “Today we concluded our April (2019) recital series with an exquisite piano recital by Harriett Miller. I don't know of a recital that I enjoyed more.”

          “People are still talking about the quality of the Vox Nova performance. (It is being compared favorably vs. the IUP Chorale, which sang around the same time at First Presbyterian.) The GJHS Jazz Band and the IUP organists also were excellent.” 

          “The series would not work without lunch. So we greatly appreciate the volunteers who shop for food and prepare and serve lunch, then clean up.”


Eric Pfeil, Director of Bands at GJHS writes, “Thank you again for this opportunity to return.  We had a blast.”


Nancy Way, Director of Vox Nova writes,

“Thank you again for the gracious invitation and response to our recital. Best of luck with the series.  Always a pleasure to work with you and First Lutheran.”

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