Music

Written by susansnook@thenativity.net on Apr 07, 2013

choir Easter 2017
Music At Nativity draws on the rich variety of Anglican and Christian traditions, from classical to gospel to Taize. 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, blues, jazz and Taize chant. Our Music Director, 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.

pianoWe are excited to present our 2016-17 season of Arts at Nativity, our concert series. Read more about it here Concert Series: Arts at Nativity.

We have a beautiful choir that sings each Sunday at the 10:00 service.

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, Taize and Gregorian chant. We practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and sing at the 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday.  Please contact our Music Director for an audition.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR is for all children from the age of 6-13. It is about sharing the love of music. The Children’s Choir performs during Christmas and Easter, and also occasionally at Sunday services.

YOUTH ENSEMBLE is for all teens who like making music: singing or playing an instrument. Youth Ensemble performs once a month at the Youth Inspirations Service, and rehearses for 45 minutes one week prior to the performance. The idea is to share the joy of making music together, no matter if you have former musical training or not. Everyone is welcome! Youth Ensemble also performs during Christmas and Easter family services.

ilona kubiaczyk-adlerIlona Kubiaczyk-Adler, our Music Director, received her DMA in Organ Performance from Arizona State University. Ilona learned to perform at music schools in Poland, on piano since she was 8, and organ since the age of 16. In 2004, she graduated with first class honours from the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, receiving a Master of Art diploma. She studied organ and church music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and received a Master of Music diploma in 2007. For more than 10 years she has given private classes on piano and organ to children, teenagers and adults. For four years she worked as an assistant professor in the Organ, Harpsichord and Early Music Faculty in the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, teaching organ performance, chamber music and accompaniment. She has also taught teenagers organ improvisation and organ performance 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 an organist and accompanist in various Catholic and Protestant churches in Poland and Holland. 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. For eight years she assisted the choir conductor, accompanied and sang with the Polish ensemble Madrigale and choir Con Vigore in chamber and symphonic concerts in Europe and South America. Ilona has frequently cooperated with other instrumentalists and vocalists in Poland, Holland and now in the USA. She often performs original music with her husband, pianist, organist and composer Jacob Adler in their duo ZEELAB.

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