The Music Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Elgin and Jon Warfel, organist and music director, present the 29th Annual series of Jane Chipman Memorial Lenten Organ Recitals starting promptly at noon March 3rd. This half hour concert is free and open to the public.
The series was conceived by the late Jane Chipman. She invited organists from around the Fox Valley to come to FCC and present their talents for the enjoyment of the community. This will be the first series performed since the death of Mrs. Chipman last year. The church's current Music Director and Organist, Jon Warfel, plans and directs the Lenten programs. Jon's background includes being involved with several area churches and organizations including the Director of Music at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva and Organist at Community Congregational church in Batavia. He has been the Director of Choral Activities at Waubonsee Community College since 1977. In addition since 2000 Jon has directed the Naperville Chamber Singers. He performs regularly with the "Buffalo Shufflers, a Roaring Twenties Show Band." In 1992 Mr. Warfel was chosen the outstanding Young Alumni of Northern Illinois University and in 1995 he received the Faculty of the Year Award from Waubonsee Community College. Jon has been a featured artist with the Orchestra of Illinois, The Illinois Chamber Symphony and the Fox Valley Symphony. The Lenten Organ series starts on March 3rd and runs through Good Friday. All concerts are held at the First Congregational Church at 256 E. Chicago St. Elgin. The church office can be reached at 847-741-4045.
This year's schedule is as follows:
3-03 Charles Sega, Director of Music/Organist, St. David's Episcopal Church Glenview
3-10 Richard Spantikow, Organist/Choirmaster, All Saints Episcopal Church, Western Springs
3-17 Jon Warfel, Music Director/Organist, First Congregational Church,
3-24 Howard Bakken, Former Director of Music/Organist, First Congregational Church, Elgin
3-31 Deborah Ayotte
4-7 John Kevin Linker, Director of Music/Organist, Church of the Good
Shepherd, Lexington, KY
4-14 Requiem in d minor, by Joseph Rheinberger, Chancel Choir
of First Congregational Church Elgin
2 weeks ago