MusicWritten by Wayne Whitney on Apr 07, 2013
Music At Nativity draws on the rich variety of classical, Anglican and Christian traditions. We make beautiful, singable music on our Karl Wilhelm freestanding pipe organ and our new Kawai grand piano. We sing hymns from the 1982 Episcopal hymnal, along with selections from other Christian sources, including gospel, folk, and Gregorian Chant. Our Music Director, Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, plays our instruments and directs our choirs, who provide liturgical leadership for our worship service each week. For more information about music at Nativity, please contact Dr. Ilona at IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler@TheNativity.net.
Our church hosts a wonderful concert series that attracts a passionate group of music aficionados from a variety of backgrounds. 2017-2018 is our third season of Arts at Nativity! As in the previous years we are mixing old and new, classical music of the West and East with folk and jazz. We are thrilled to announce that we secured some of the finest, most recognized and internationally acclaimed artists from the Valley. Read more about it here Concert Series: Arts at Nativity.
ADULT CHOIR rehearses on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. It is the core of the music ministry and an extremely energetic group of parishioners who are passionate about music and singing. It has been leading the congregation since Nativity began and has a history of outstanding musical leadership. The music performed by the choir represents a variety of styles: including classical, contemporary, folk, gospel, Gregorian chant and music newly written for the Nativity Choir. We practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and sing at the 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday (with 9 a.m. warm-up). Please contact our Music Director for an audition.
VIVACE CHILDREN’S CHOIR is for kids grades 2-6 (also open to younger kids who read). The choristers follow two well established curricula by Royal School of Church Music and Saint James Music Press’ Viva Voce. Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 11.20 am to noon in the sanctuary. If you would like to sign up please contact Dr. Ilona at IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler@TheNativity.net .
Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, our Music Director, received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Arizona State University. Ilona began studying music theory and performance when she was 7 years old in a rigorous Polish classical music school program, which lasted until college. In 2004, she graduated with highest honors from the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, receiving a Master of Arts degree. She studied organ and church music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and received a Master of Music diploma in 2007. Before moving to the US she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Organ, Harpsichord and Early Music Faculty in the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland. She has also taught aspiring young musicians (ages 13-18) in the Secondary Music School in Lodz.
Here is a video of Dr. Ilona playing the magnificent Fritts organ at Arizona State University:
Since 1998, Ilona has been a choir director and organist in various Catholic and Protestant churches in Poland and the Netherlands. She began to be active as a concert musician at the age of 15, and since then she has been performing as a soloist, a chamber musician, also with orchestras in Europe and US. Some of her most exciting professional engagements were at the Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Orgelpark and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar in the Netherlands, the Issue Project Room contemporary music festival in New York City, “Right Brain Rising!” festival at ASU, “Musica Moderna” festival in Łódź, Poland, and the Göteborg International Organ Academy in Sweden.
She has recently recorded an organ solo album “Antique Sound Palette” on the 1719 Hildebrandt organ in Poland, which was published and featured on the American Public Radio program “Pipedreams” in 2016. For more information and videos go to: www.kubiaczyk.com.