Join Us for our Lenten Tuesday Music Series in March!
Northampton Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer a month of musical Tuesdays during Lent with our “Tuesday Noon” recitalists. Come, refresh your spirit with a brief lunch-hour program each week!
Drop in at noon on the Tuesday of your choice or come to the series of all four and enjoy the wide variety of literature and styles included across the month of programs. Every concert is free and open to the public.
This series is presented through the generous support of a private sponsor. Our series will be livestreamed on the NPC facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person.
We are excited to welcome these fine artists to our sanctuary on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 8 – Marilyn Clark DIGITAL PROGRAM
Marilyn began her organ study at the age of 12 with Ida Benton Leirer in Philadelphia. At the age of 14, Marilyn became the assistant organist at the Holmesburg Baptist Church, playing for Sunday evening services. A year later, she added the position of organist at the Mayfair Presbyterian Church. In later years, she served as organist at the Bustleton United Methodist Church. Currently, Marilyn is the organist at the North and Southampton Reformed Church in Churchville, PA. Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree, both from Temple University. For thirty-five years, until her retirement, Marilyn taught general and choral music to students in the Neshaminy School District. She continues to share her love of music and her instrumental expertise with her private students. Marilyn lives in Holland, PA with her husband, Bob, and they have a grown daughter, Allison. Marilyn is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the National Association for Music Education.
Tuesday, March 15 – Dr. Austin Woodlin DIGITAL PROGRAM
Dr. Austin Woodlin was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and began playing the keyboard by ear around the age of two. The drums, Hammond organ, pipe organ, bass guitar, alto and tenor saxophones, electric guitar and trumpet are part of his instrumental repertoire. Specializing in Gospel, Jazz and Classical music, Dr. Woodlin believes that these instruments have a purpose from God, and aims to serve Him and fulfill this purpose. Dr. Woodlin completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in Music Theory/Composition with a minor in Computer Information Systems and his Doctor of Fine Arts (Honoris Causa) from the Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his many other talents, Dr Woodlin currently serves as Music Director for Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and CEO/Producer for his own production company, AMW Music.
Tuesday, March 22 – UPDATED! Karen Whitney DIGITAL PROGRAM
Karen Whitney has served as Director of the Children’s Music Program at Salem Baptist Church (Jenkintown, PA). Previous positions include Musical Associate at 1st Baptist Church (Philadelphia PA), Visiting Artist, Smith College (Northampton, MA) Assistant Director of Music at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Riverton, NJ) and Interim Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (Springfield, PA). She is a former music librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Active with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, she has served 2 terms on the Executive Committee and performed for the Guild’s Noontime Recital Series. Ms. Whitney has appeared in recital at Wilson Hall, Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ), Trinity Episcopal Church (Asbury Park, NJ), Trinity Presbyterian Church (Cherry Hill, NJ), St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Locust St.) and Tindley Temple United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, PA). In March 2019, Ms. Whitney played an organ recital, demonstrating the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. She has served as chorus master/rehearsal accompanist for Mozart and Friends Opera Festival (Pennsauken, NJ). Ms. Whitney was rehearsal accompanist and assistant chorus master for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concert production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, performed at the Mann Music Center, Bobby McFerrin, conductor.
Tuesday, March 29 – Carrie Lessene DIGITAL PROGRAM
A graduate of Girls’ High, Carrie Walker Lessene was born and raised in North Philadelphia and played the piano, flute and cello before she turned 13. She earned her Music Therapy degree at Montclair University and, as a vocalist and musician, has sung for presidents and even for Pope Francis! As a member of the Grammy nominated Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, Director of Intermezzo Choir Ministry, composer/soloist with the Robert Ladson Ensemble and Director of Music for Berean Presbyterian Church, where she is an Elder, music offered by Carrie has been enjoyed by many congregations. With over 40 years of teaching, choral directing, composing and solo performance, Carrie continues to sing before all ages, feeling Blessed to use her talents with joy and untiring exuberance.
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