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Triumphant Returns

This is the 3rd year for this series sponsored by Friends of Music. The participants are all former choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choirs who have made music their life’s work – performing, teaching, or conducting. We are very proud to call these individuals our own. They are a true testament to the value of the education that the choir has provided its members. All concerts are free to the public although a free will offering will be presented with the money given to the performers.

Saturday, June 16th, 7:30 p.m.  Good Pennyworths.
A quartet of singers (with Jacqueline Penfold, former member of St Paul’s Girls Choir) accompanied by lute.  A concert of songs from the Renaissance and other eras with a theme of “Minstrels and Fools for All Times”.  The lute was the main instrument used by singers as accompaniment in Europe 400 years ago.  This concert is one of many as the group tours from New York City (where the members reside) and ends at the Lute Society of America bi-annual seminar at Case Western Reserve.  Good Pennyworths has toured Washington, DC to Charleston, SC, performing in churches, universities and concert halls, and In June 2010  toured their Shakespeare concert in New York, Ohio and Michigan.  They have also performed at the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival twice and given numerous concerts in NYC.
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Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Daniel Scarozza, countertenor, accompanied by Jonathan Scarozza

August 2012
Veronica Shanchuk – details to follow

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Cathedral Services

The choirs can be heard regularly at the following services:

Sunday Mornings

9:00 am Sung Eucharist
11:15 am Choral Eucharist

5:45 pm
First and Third Wednesdays of the Month

Sunday Choral Evensong
Scheduled at least once a month
Please see our 2011 Music Schedule for more specifics regarding service times and music scheduled.
View spring 2011 choral services.

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Friday Recitals

Free Friday Recitals
Lunchtime 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Come and go as you need during your lunch hour


March 2, 2012 – Frank Scinta, piano

Frank Scinta is well known as one of Western New York’s most active choral directors and music educators. In addition to his role as adjunct professor of fine arts at Canisius College, where he conducts the Canisius College Chorale, he also serves on the faculty of the B…uffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, where he teaches music theory, music history, piano, voice, and directs the Arts Academy Choirs. Previously, Mr. Scinta headed the music program at Canisius High School from 1974-1990.

Mr. Scinta holds the BA and MFA degrees in music from the State University of New York at Buffalo with additional studies in choral music at the University of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music under Lloyd Pfautsch and Daniel Moe and at Westminster Choir College under Sir David Willcocks.

As pianist, Mr. Scinta has appeared in solo and chamber recitals sponsored by Canisius College, Friends of Vienna, St. Paul’s Cathedral, International Institute, Grosvenor Society, Albright Knox Art Gallery, and WBFO-FM’s Opus Classics Live.

March 9, 2012 – Jeffrey Thompson, organ

Jeffrey J. Thompson, is a native of western New York.  His interest in organ music began as a high school student when he was asked to fill in as summer organist at a local church.  Already an accomplished pianist, he was largely self-taught as an organist until he entered Houghton College and studied with Judy Congdon.  As a recipient of the Squire Haskins Memorial Scholarship from the Buffalo Chapter American Guild of Organists, he was able to continue his study and coaching with Dr. David Bond in Buffalo.

Mr. Thompson is currently organist and director of music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in East Aurora, NY, where he also serves as director of the Praise Team, and oversees the music program.  He has performed several recitals at Baker, including an annual Christmas Eve recital.  He recently finished a recording of organ music on all of East Aurora’s pipe organs, and plans to release the CD this spring.  He is also a tenor soloist, and has been featured with the Houghton College Choir, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, East Aurora Advent Chorale, Orchard Park Chorale, and Villa Maria Chorale.

Outside of his musical activity, Mr. Thompson holds the Doctor of Medicine degree from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine through the same institution.  He is currently employed by Professional Emergency Services and is on the faculty of emergency medicine at UB.  He works in the emergency departments of Buffalo General Hospital, Millard Fillmore Gates and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals.  He lives in Marilla, NY.

March 16, 2012 – Arts Academy Choir; Frank Scinta, conductor

The Arts Academy Elementary, Junior, and Select Choirs together consist of 100 students in grades five through twelve at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, a magnet school of the Buffalo Public Schools.  They meet in separate daily rehearsals and perform a wide range of choral works both alone and in collaboration with other area music ensembles.

In past years, the choirs have performed with a number of area arts organizations including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Musicians, Amherst Symphony, Greater Buffalo Opera Company, and Opera Sacra.  They also have appeared in concert with individual artists such as Doc Severensen, Celine Dion, Rosemary Clooney, Debbie Boone, Marvin Hamlisch, Judy Collins and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

March 23, 2012 – Bel Canto Choir; Sue Fay Allen, conductor

March 30, 2012 – Royall Consort

Royall Consort
Alfred Frenning, violin
David Abbott, treble viola da gamba
Nuncy Nuzzo, bass viola da gamba
David Trimbach, bass viola da gamba
Roland Hayes, theorbo


6 – Good Friday – NO Recital
13 – Victor Chiodo, clarinet and Paul Hartley, piano
20 – Jeffrey Thompson, voice
27 – Anne Moot and Judith Burritt, piano four hands


4 – York Consort
11 –Christina Lynch, soprano
18 – Andre Rakus, organ
25 – Cathedral Strings, Judith Hirsch, conductor

This program will honor Mary Piller.
The performers will be former friends, students and colleagues.


1 –Abigail Rockwood, organ
8 – Amanda Dragone, mezzo soprano
15 – Danielle DiStefano, soprano
22 – Benjamin Phillips, piano
29 – Jeremy Jacob, saxaphone

Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral sponsors recitals at 12:30 every Friday in the Cathedral.  They are free, are of a short duration so that they can be enjoyed on your lunch break if you work downtown, and there is a wonderful variety of performances!  There are both instrumental and vocal presentations with varied instruments and singers.  Instruments have included organ, piano, guitar, viola da gambas, electric bass, and flute.  There have been soloists, duos, trios, quartets, and small choral groups.  Musical selections include Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary, as well as music from 19th century America (the Hutchinson Family Revival), so there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone!  This series is a wonderful way to take a break in the middle of your work day, and you can stay for all or part, as your schedule allows.  There are occasional Fridays when no recital is scheduled (for example, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve), so be sure to check the schedule on the website ( or in Gusto.

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