2021 Recital Series

At Noon Tuesdays in April, July and October
Half-hour recital 

Take Out lunches on Oct 19 and 26

Recitals are at noon. Underwritten in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. No admission fee. Contributions accepted.

If you would like a postcard announcement of upcoming recitals, call the church at 814-536-7521 or email firstlutheran@wpia,net.

October 5. Songs and reflections by Darlene Herndon Seals, one of the area’s most electrifying voices. She will be accompanied by Devon Haselrig.

Oct. 12. Eileen Mitchell, voice, accompanied by Robin Malloy. Eileen and Robin were roommates at Penn State. Whenever Eileen sang, Robin accompanied her. They've not worked together for some time but offered to do a reunion recital.

Eileen's program comprises works by Puccini, Malotte, Niles, and Gounod, among others. Robin has played piano recitals in previous series at First Lutheran.


Oct. 19. Kim Rauch, organ. In the early 1990s, Kim and Pastor Robert Swanson decided to present Tuesday noon recitals. At that time Kim was the minister of music at First Lutheran. The idea caught on, and the series now is recognized as a program funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Kim went on to become one of the best-known musicians in the region. Recently he filled in as organist at First Lutheran. He is returning once again as a recitalist. 








Oct. 26. Nicholas Carroll, piano. This talented young man is widely regarded as a piano teacher and director of music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Somerset. He plans to play a Mozart sonata in the recital series plus some shorter works as time permits. 

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.

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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.”