The St. Louis Church Concert Series is an outgrowth of the vibrant music ministry at St. Louis Church, led by Artistic Director Heather Adelsberger. We seek to present first-rate musical experiences for audiences within and beyond the St. Louis congregation. Equally important, we aim to offer a range of performance and learning opportunities for parish musicians and to showcase their talents as they bring freshness to the works they are performing, while working alongside professional musicians. Season after season, the concert series renews its pledge to ENLIVEN, EDUCATE, and ENTERTAIN, the three-pronged commitment for the concert series at large and guiding principles for each program.
ENLIVEN: Our concerts engage the community in a meaningful way and allow us to take advantage of the excellent acoustical properties of our church and historic 1889 chapel. We also hope that concerts provide some lasting and cherished memories. Post-concert receptions, which allow for interacting with performers and other audience members, augment the experience.
EDUCATE: Our programs allow audiences to become acquainted with or gain additional familiarity with composers, genres, instruments and music. For younger audience members, our programs nurture and provide first-hand music education experiences and encourage a deeper appreciation of the arts.
ENTERTAIN: We center concert programs on the interests of our audience. Whether you attend our concerts to indulge your love of music, celebrate Christmas, hear a relative or friend perform, or escape from the world for a few hours, we strive to ensure that everyone attending enjoys a satisfying experience from the first note to the last.
Concerts also highlight our beautiful campus. Most performances take place in the main church, dedicated in April 2006. The 1889 Chapel is a site for chamber and candlelight concerts, and on occasion, we stage concerts in the social hall. (Click “CONCERTS” on the menu to see programs and photos from past concerts).
We are privileged to host and collaborate with incredible guest soloists and ensembles, as well as showcase our in-house talents. No matter the scope of the program, the St. Louis Church Concert Series strives to give audience members the best experience possible. To make this happen, we rely on the efforts and dedication of musicians and a team of volunteers, as well as on the enthusiasm and generosity of our donors. We look forward to welcoming everyone soon.
With the 2006 dedication of the new church, noted for its excellent acoustical properties, the stage was set for the inauguration of the Concert Series. The first three programs (2006-2007) were programmed and produced by a small parish team, under the guidance of choir director Fred Beaudoin (1985-2007), and featured performances by local, regional, and international artists. With the advent of Paul Carroll as the first artistic director in mid-2007, the Concert Series began to present outstanding musical programs, featuring the parish's own Orchestra of St. Louis, as well as the St. Louis Choir.
Heather Adelsberger became artistic director during the 2014-15 season, expanding the scope of the concert series performances, initiatives, and education programs. As the primary and unparalleled inspirational force behind the selection of program repertoires, Ms. Adelsberger has expanded audience reach and further cemented the concert series reputation as a prominent, valued arts organization in Howard County and beyond.
Since its founding, the St. Louis Church Concert Series has offered concerts free of charge or for a nominal admission fee. A survey of past programs underscores our commitment to artistic excellence and diverse programming. We have performed music by scores of composers, from the very familiar to the forgotten names in music history. We have explored a wide array of musical genres—classical, jazz, Americana, Latin rhythms, opera, Broadway, and more. We have featured specific instruments and orchestral sections, dedicated a piano, and celebrated the life of beloved choir director Fred Beaudoin.
Each season, the concert series has given “kids from one to 92” an escape from the doldrums of winter with spirited celebrations of the Christmas season. Spring concerts have explored the sacred music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, showcased the music of England and Italy, and paid tribute to our patron St. Louis the King. Children’s concerts, each revolving around a different theme, have allowed us to entertain younger audiences and their families. New seasons have launched with a program featuring a Grammy Award-winning soloist, a performance by a military chorus, organ recitals, and a cabaret centered on the Great American Songbook.
Today, the St. Louis Church Concert Series presents a broad array of concerts programs, designed to ENLIGHTEN, EDUCATE, and ENTERTAIN audience members of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. We invite everyone who loves music and believes in the power of music to inspire and draw people together to attend our concerts and become part of our story.