The Advent Music and Meditation Concert Series at All Saints Episcopal Church in Norton was founded by Rector Emerita Fran McCoy in 1995 to give the community the opportunity to take time from the hectic month leading to Christmas to listen and reflect, to find a few moments of peace and joy, and to prepare heart and mind and soul for the coming of the Christ Child.
Advent is that season of the church year in which we are encouraged to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christmas.
All Saints invites the community to attend a series of four concerts beginning this weekend with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Peter and Hannah Ryan and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 with Ron and Joan Short.
Two additional programs will be presented later in the month by Joy Smith Briggs, organist, on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. and by D. Michael Donathan, organist, on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 1015 Virginia Avenue, across from the Norton City Park, the red brick church with double red doors. All the Advent concerts are free and open to everyone.
Hannah Wunsch Ryan is assistant professor of Music at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where she is director of choral and vocal activities and directs the Concert Choir, Highland Chorale and Madrigal Singers. Prior to her current position at UVa-Wise, Ryan completed the M.M. degree in choral conducting with a vocal performance emphasis and the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting, both at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
While at the University of Colorado, she conducted the Women’s Choir and Madrigal Choir as well as the Boulder Children’s Bel Canto Choir.
As a soprano soloist, she has maintained an active solo performance career both in the United States and internationally with recent performances in Vienna, Austria, Montreal and Quebec City, Canada, and Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Peter Ryan is assistant professor of music at UVa-Wise, where he teaches and coordinates the piano, theory and strings programs. As a performer both in the United States and internationally, he has given concerts in the Czech Republic, Austria, Ecuador, and Quebec.
His performing and research interests lie in under-performed repertoire and composers, such as the piano works of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, George Antheil, Erwin Schulhoff and Antonín Dvořák. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Florida, and both master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He has studied with Jennifer Hayghe, Doris Pridonoff Lehnert, Elizabeth Pridonoff and Kevin Sharpe, and has participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher and Rebecca Penneys.