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Monroe MusicFest

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CC’s spiritual heritage dates back to those who first settled Tarrington Hartford Monroe, and we recently Kent celebrated our 250th Bristol New Britain Washington Anniversary year. MCC New Milford Middletown is a covenant community, a member of the United Church of Christ, and Danbury an Open & Affirming Monroe Congregational Church congregation.


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Campus Map / page 2 Monroe Congregational Church / page 3 Index / page 4 Greeting / page 5 Performer Bios / pages 6-11 donor / pages 12-13 Performance Schedule / pages 14-15 Individual donors / page 16 donors cont. / pages 17-23 Chicago Mission Trip / page 24 A Message from the Pastor of Monroe Congregational Church / page 25

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y gratitude to the members of the Music Committee here at Monroe Congregational Church for their dedication to this event and their tireless efforts. I also thank our friends at St. Peter's Church for their help and support. Thanks to the many gifted musical artists who so willingly are here to share their passion for music. Finally, thank you to the many people who have come out to enjoy this very special event. Stay close to the music. Will Duchon, Director of Music Monroe Congregational Church

MCC MUSICFEST COMMITTEE: Vaughan Askue, Chair Arlene Redmond Elizabeth Heiney Paulette Obertz Vinay Sampson Mike Pfalzgraf Jessica Pfalzgraf Larry Wissink Kate Parker-Burgard Scott Young Thank you to our neighbor's across the Green, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, for their help and support.​

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ill has performed extensively in the NY Metropolitan area. He was the winner of the 1990 Artists International Young Musicians Auditions, and made his professional debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Hall) that year, followed by solo and chamber music recitals at Weill Recital Hall in subsequent seasons He has recorded three solo albums, most recently “La Valse”, featuring music by Ravel, Chopin, Liszt, Clarice Assad and more. Will has been a broadcaster for WMNR Fine Arts Radio since 2004 and has served as Music Director for Monroe Congregational Church since 2006.



everal male singers (tenors and basses) from Connecticut Chamber Choir (ctchamberchior.org) desired to continue their music making after their regular 2015-16 season ended; thus, began Men En Masse.  These talented and highly devoted singers, from college-aged students to retirees, join in weekly rehearsals throughout the summer to learn, create and perform music of all styles and genres. Recently participating in services at St. Pius Church (Fairfield) and United Congregational Church (Bridgeport), they held their first formal concert in the More Music Concert Series at St. Thomas More Church (Darien) earlier this month. The singers of Men En Masse are thrilled, along with their director Galen Tate, to be included on this year’s Monroe Music Festival!



he Award Winning Silver Steel Band is a Steel Drum Band based in Bridgeport, CT, directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios. You can find Silver Steel playing many of your favorite Caribbean favorites as well as Soca and Calypso styled music from Trinidad and Tobago. Entering our 5th year together, Silver Steel delights audiences with our infectious rhythms resulting in spontaneous dancing, uncontrollable joy, and perpetual smiles wherever we play!

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oldrush is a cutting-edge acoustic country band that brings a powerful blend of country and bluegrass energy to the stage. What makes the “Goldrush” sound distinct is a unique mix of instruments augmented by soaring vocals. Acoustic Guitar, 5-string banjo, upright bass and mandolin deliver a solid bluegrass foundation that is beautifully colored by the rich tones of Piano and Pedal Steel Guitar. Featuring vocalist Mary Beth Sippin, Goldrush provides exciting entertainment both in sight and sound. The Goldrush repertoire features a mix of original songs, as well as classic country, swing, acoustic and traditional bluegrass songs.



aida Rozenvald was born and educated in Russia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Astrakhan Conservatory and went on to complete her graduate studies at Kazan Conservatory. For many years Naida was a soloist and a concertmaster for the chamber orchestra of the Dagestan Philharmonic. Naida also was a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for 5 years, as well as the Moscow Opera Theatre Orchestra. Her first visit to the United States was ten years ago, as part of a grand concert tour with the Moscow Philharmonic. Naida teaches violin at her studio in Milford, CT.



onald Alfano has operated a successful independent piano studio in the New Haven area for the past several years and is committed to teaching students of all ages and levels. His varied teaching experience includes teaching in public schools and on the college level. He currently teaches Music History, Latin and Caribbean Music, and Music in America: from Jazz to Rock at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Donald Alfano received his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was the recipient of the Victor Babin Award in Piano and was awarded an accompanying fellowship. Dr. Alfano has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in North America and Europe.

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awrence Wissink began studying cello as a child, attending Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. In college he studied with Steve Stalker at SUNY-Binghamton. After obtaining his Music degree, he turned his attention to religion, but continued to pursue musical opportunities. While earning his Master of Divinity degree from Boston University, he continued to study cello with a B.U. professor and concert virtuoso, Andres Diaz. Active in both chamber music and orchestral performances in the Boston area, he received an opportunity to study cello at a graduate level with admission to a Master of Music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After some years of musical variety in the Bay area, he returned to Connecticut to be closer to family. He is honored to be invited to return to the stage for the second annual Monroe Music Festival.



ilver Threads Band is led by Julie and Rob McClenathan, lead vocals and bass guitar and features long-time friend, Brian Keane on lead guitar. Brian Keane is an Emmy and Grammy award winning music producer and composer with over 350 film scores to his credit. He has worked with artists as diverse as Pete Seeger, Linda Ronstadt and the London Symphony Orchestra. Julie McClenathan, a professional decorative artist, sings with the Connecticut Chamber Choir and the Monroe Congregational Church choir. Pamela Joy, on backup vocals, is a health insurance underwriter by day and a rock star wannabe by night. Karen Manuzzi, vocals, is a soprano in the MCC choir has been singing in choirs since age of 5, she has directed the MCC bell choir for 9 years and has directed cherub and junior choirs at MCC for 9 years. John O'Rourke, on guitar and vocals, is a former trumpet player who works as a software marketing executive, Don Parker-Burgard sings in the Monroe Congregational Church choir and plays drums whenever he gets the chance. Julie, Rob, John, Karen and Pam often perform here at MCC as the MCC Folk Band. We are pleased to present to you songs of remembrance and of hope.

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are a 12 member adult accapella ensemble, based in Monroe CT, who have been together for 17 years. The group was formed in 2000, from local church choir members. Our venues have ranged from Religious Services, to Tree Lightings, Memorial Day Parades to multiple charitable events. We are all friends that love to sing, but most enjoy seeing the smile our music brings to someone's face. From The Star Spangled Banner to White Christmas, barbershop to Ave Maria. What can we sing for you?



lix Raspé graduated from New York University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. At NYU, Alix studied with Bridget Kibbey. Prior to attending NYU, Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College where she studied with June Han. Alix currently attends the New England Conservatory, with a Merit Scholarship, where she is pursing her Masters degree in Harp Performance. At NEC, she studies with Jessica Zhou, Principal Harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Alix has received numerous awards including: the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award for Outstanding Soloist at the age of 13, the NYU Excellence in String Performance and Leadership Award, the NYU Orchestral Excellence Award and the NYU Founders Award for Academic Excellence. In 2015, Alix was also the winner of the NYU String Competition. At NEC, Alix has been awarded two Individual Fellowships and an Ensemble Fellowship for NEC’s Community Performances and Partnerships program. In 2016, Alix was awarded First Runner-Up in the NEC Lower Strings Concerto Competition. Recently, Alix co-founded a flute and harp duo, kairos, which has been awarded two Entrepreneurial Musicianship grants. Alix is the co-director and co-founder of the Dorset Chamber Music Residency (DCMR) which had its inaugural summer last June 2017. DCMR is a community-driven classical chamber music festival in which the musicians are in residence in the town of Dorset. Alix has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall, NEC’s Morse Hall, and Symphony Space. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, MusicAlp, Saratoga Harp Colony, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and Interlochen Arts Camp. Last summer, Alix was the Harp Fellow at National Orchestral Institute. Alix was awarded Principal Harpist for Symphony Nova in Boston in September

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2016. As Principal Harpist, Alix has also performed with the Harvard Bach Society, LoftOpera, Park Avenue Symphony, Chelsea Symphony, and QUO. You can hear Alix on IHeartRadio, WMNR Fine Arts Radio, the soundtrack of RuPaul’s Drag Races (Season 5) and the film Reservation Road.`



nfluenced by such guitar greats as Wes Montgomery and George Benson, the Connecticut native has played for nearly 30 years in blues, jazz, funk, rock, and country swing bands. On the local scene, Ed has played with such notable jazz players as Bobby Buster and Eddie Buster, as well as bluesman Jesse "Wild Bill" Austin. On this occasion, he'll be performing a genre mix of mainstream jazz, latin jazz, bebop, fusion and blues with himself on guitar, Dave Childs on keyboard, John Mobilio on bass, and Jim Royle on drums.



woman + 13 instruments + rich “honeyed” vocals and “mesmerizing" vocal harmonies – "The BeeKeepers are the best buzz in town." Winners of the May 2017 Akademia Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter EP, Amanda “Mandy” Sullivan, Sylvie Abate and Phred Mileski “display dense and diverse instrumental ability” on guitar, classical guitar, bass, u-bass, merlin, banjo, mandolin, psaltery, accordion, organ, piano, hand-percussion, ukulele -everything in the kitchen sink! The BeeKeepers also perform cover songs by the greatest female artists of our time like Joni Mitchel, Joan Baez, Annie Lennox and more. "The BeeKeepers's voice-forward production technique is perfectly conceived; their honest lyricality is impossible to resist, and their melodic instincts are well-articulated by the guitar as well." (Akademia Magazine) Each woman is a songwriter, arranger and producer in her own right and together The BeeKeepers write, record, produce and perform original music influenced by Americana, Acoustic-Rock, Folk and Blues. In addition to their original songs, The BeeKeepers also pay tribute to the female artists who influenced their careers, performing cover songs by Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Edith Piaf and Annie Lennox

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to name a few for a truly captivating musical experience." "There’s something special about The BeeKeepers that sets them apart from other folk / singer-songwriter acts. In a musical generation characterized by manufactured pop acts, The BeeKeepers' originality and sincerity do more than stand out. They reveal qualities that cannot be engineered in the studio. There’s also an unpretentious realness to this group out of New London, Connecticut and judging by their growing fan base, they may be precisely what the new generation didn't know it was missing." (Marquis Magazine). What';s all the buzz about? Over 42,000 song plays on ReverbNation, The BeeKeepers are the #1 ranked indie group in Connecticut and the region, averaging 2500 plays a week. Their songs have been heard on over 70 radio stations across the United States. BeeKeeper Songwriter Sylvie Abate has synch licenses with several major networks including ETV! Network, the A&E Network, Oxygen, The Discovery Network, TLC Network, and VH1. Her songs have been licensed for several TV programs including Total Divas, Born This Way, Bunim Marray The Real World, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Dash Dolls, Bad Girls Club, I AM CAIT, Total Bellas, Tough Love, Road Rules, and Extreme Challenge as well as a three-year Multi-Sync License with Rudge Vision Films. The BeeKeepers video of “Indecision” has been picked up by Bongo Boy TV and will air nationally on 66 channels to 17 million viewers. The BeeKeepers released their debut EP & Songs from the Hive, Vol. 1 in 2017 with Rotary Records to critical acclaim. “The BeeKeepers deliver a beautiful bliss (SKOPE Magazine). ■

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InDIvIDual DOnOrS PLATINUM ($200 OR GREATER) Betty Heiney – In memory of Harold Paulette Obertz – In thanks for the MusicFest Committee and the Senior PF The Parker-Burgard family – In loving memory of David L. Parker Arlene Redmond and Vaughan Askue – In memory of Dot and Fred Redmond, and Elizabeth and Bill Askue Beverly and Al Shaffer Susan and David Walker – In honor of Burton Hatheway

GOLD ($150-$199) SILVER ($100-$149) Judy and Paul Coward – In memory of Judy’s brother, Capt. David Roshong, “truly a fellow musician as well as an officer of the law” The Rev. Jennifer and Clark Gingras – In celebration of the joy music can bring Kathy and John Maiolo – In celebration of all the wonderful musicians of MusicFest Jessica and Michael Pfalzgraf – In loving memory of my father, Ira Pfalzgraf Lorrie and Bernard Sippin

BRONZE ($50-$99) ADDITIONAL DONORS Marian Schmitz – In celebration of the MusicFest Committee Anonymous

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enior Pilgrim Fellowship is an open and affirming faithbased high school youth group based at the Monroe Congregational Church. In PF, young people have the opportunity to enjoy one another’s company in an accepting, non-judgmental atmosphere. Although many of our PF’ers were raised attending MCC’s Sunday School, a young person does not have to “belong” to the church to participate. Mutual support, discussion of adolescent issues, spiritual growth, service to others, music, prayer and just plain fun are emphasized.


enior PF goes on a mission trip each summer, alternating between rural and urban settings. Every location has taught us important lessons about our world and our responsibilities toward people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty. In 2017, we went to Chicago. While there, we worked with H.O.M.E., an organization which helps elderly lowincome folks in Chicago live in community with dignity. Part of our team cooked and served meals, created a garden and did other random jobs at two residential facilities managed by H.O.M.E. We also painted the interiors of two houses. Another group served a meal at Sarah’s Circle women’s shelter and packed and distributed over 200 bag lunches to the people living in two tent cities who are experiencing homelessness. Part of our team assisted the women living at Well of Mercy, a group home which helps single mothers in need to understand their purpose in life and take great strides towards successful life changes.


enior PF is grateful for the opportunity to serve at the 3rd Annual Monroe MusicFest, and thankful that a portion of today’s proceeds will help us fund future mission trips. Look for us dressed in black and white, we’d love to tell you more about what we do and who we are!

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR OF THE MONROE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Hello and welcome to the second annual Monroe MusicFest!


s evidenced by this wonderful evening of music and art, the Monroe Congregational Church is blessed with a tradition of energetic members. We have been in the forefront of worship, sacred music, education, community service and social change for more than 250 years here on the historic Monroe Green. We hope that your time with us feeds your heart, mind and soul. Should you like to join us for Sunday morning worship at 10am, please know that you are most welcome. We are an Open and Affirming faith community called together by Christ that strives to nurture each person’s unique spiritual journey, to explore freely the challenges and wonder of faith, and to reach out in compassion to our neighbor’s needs. Beneath our similarities, MCC members express and respect a diversity of approaches to belief. Most are seekers, confident in our beliefs but open to new revelations and deeper levels of spirituality. We invite you to explore our website and learn more at www.mcc-ucc.org. Grace and Peace, Rev. Jennifer Gingras

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