Music at St. Anne’s

St. Anne’s Concert Series

St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program and this free concert series is a big part of it.  Through this series, we bring to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church itself boasts the finest acoustics in the area as well as one of the finest pipe organs. So, if you like music – music of all kinds – join us!

All Thursday Concerts begin at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle, Annapolis)

No tickets required for these special nights! Come as you are, pay as you can.

**New This Season!** Sunday Organ Vespers – 4:00 PM

Organ Vespers





**New This Season!** Sunday Organ Vespers

This new series launches on September 24 at 4:00 PM with the first of eight, hour-long Organ Vespers that are designed to show off St. Anne’s newly-refurbished Freiburger organ as well as the organ works of J.S. Bach, performed by organist Larry Molinaro.  Throughout his entire career, Bach was regarded as the “prince of all clavier players” (as a colleague once called him). This first Organ Vespers program features some of the virtuosic “foundational” works that Bach wrote before his years in Leipzig.  The program shows how Bach incorporated the styles of the previous generation of German masters along with Italian and French styles into his compositions.  Works to be performed include chorales from the Orgelbüchlein as well as the famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582).

Organ Vespers concerts at 4:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) on:

September 24
October 22
November 26
January 21
February 18
March 11 (3:00 PM)
April 15
May 20


Our 6:15 PM Thursday Concert Series begins October 5, 2017.  See below for a list of the upcoming concerts.

October 5 - Bach +

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Thursday, October 5 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church

Bach+ – The Art of Fugue

The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080, is J.S. Bach’s supreme didactic work on counterpoint and fugal devices.  The Art of Fugue comprises 14 fugues and four canons for keyboard.  Similar to the models of Conrad Paumer, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Heinrich Schutz, Johann Fux and Johann Mattheson, this collection forms an elaborate essay on the techniques of musical composition.  But rather than a dry, pedantic instructional manual on counterpoint, The Art of Fugue overflows with diversity of styles and rich musical gestures that only Bach could achieve within the strict constraints that he set for himself.  This performance is a highly idiomatic interpretation, based on subjective decisions about the individual style of each “contrapunctus” and taking into account the colors of a chamber orchestra (featuring distinct consorts of strings and winds), piano and the wonderful colors and diverse elements of St. Anne’s recently refurbished Freiburger organ.


October 12 - Tae Hwang

Thursday, October 12 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

As a passionate performer and educator, Tae Ho Hwang is dedicated to advancing the saxophone repertoire by exposing new works to audiences and inspiring future generations. The remarkable technical abilities that Tae possesses on the instrument combined with his inventively beautiful interpretation of the music generate innovative performances that create special experiences for the audience.

Even at a young career, Tae Ho Hwang has a plethora of performing experience. In 2015, Tae won the annual Concerto Competition at the University of Delaware and performed, as a soloist, Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra with the University’s Symphony Orchestra. In recital, Tae has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Newark, Delaware since 2014. Presently, he is exposing music to diverse audiences as he participates in coffee shops, art galleries, museums, and prominent concert series around the Mid-Atlantic area. In concerts, Tae has been involved with ensembles that have toured throughout Taipei, Taiwan for the International Band and Orchestra Conference, Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Currently, Tae Ho Hwang is working towards a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he is studying with renowned saxophonist, Gary Louie. In addition to his studies, Tae frequently performs and teaches in various venues around the Mid-Atlantic Area. Tae is constantly learning music and collaborating with fellow musicians as he holds positions in his saxophone quartet, Peabody’s Wind Ensemble, and other chamber groups. Tae also is a private instructor at selected music stores around the Baltimore area, a substitute teacher for the Baltimore County Public School System, and a teaching assistant for the OrchKids Program directed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

A native of North Carolina, pianist Allison Freeman is a student of Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Freeman completed her undergraduate studies with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory, and graduated from the high school program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Eric Larsen. Among the festivals Freeman has attended are the Southeastern Piano Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Banff Arts Centre, and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. She has performed in master classes with such artists as Jon Nakamatsu, Richard Goode, and Matti Raekallio.

Freeman has received top prizes in a number of competitions, including the Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition, the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association, and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy Competition. As the winner of the Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition, Freeman appeared as soloist with both the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. A recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize, Freeman was also named a winner in the 2015-16 Oberlin Senior Concerto Competition, and appeared as soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra.

In addition to her pursuits as a concert pianist, Freeman serves as a graduate assistant at Peabody in accompanying. She has also has served as an collaborative pianist at Castleman Quartet Program. While at Oberlin, Freeman also studied cello with Darrett Adkins.

October 19 – Phantom of the Opera – Silent Film

Thursday, October 19 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)


Like scary music on a pipe organ? Love classic movies? This night is for you. Have some Halloween fun this
year when the opera’s original Phantom makes an Annapolis appearance!

Movie and horror buffs along with anyone who likes to laugh will love organist Larry Molinaro’s musical
take on the 1925 silent film. His original musical accompaniment to this rare big-screen viewing includes
samples from some very recognizable pieces. Over the years, a special game has evolved from these
screenings – The Ballerina Twirl Count! See if you can count the number of times she twirls!

Afterward, find out how Mr. Molinaro created this score and how he plays it on St. Anne’s pipe organ with
a special organ “tour” after the film! Find out if Larry is a more colorful character than Lon!

October 26 - Lindsay Espinosa - Soprano

Thursday, October 26 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

Songs of Water and Night is a classical voice recital featuring Lindsay Espinosa, soprano, and Joseph Satava, piano. The recital consists of art songs by several different composers (including Debussy, Fauré, Schubert, and Brahms) that express the joys, sorrows, and beauty the night and water provide.

Soprano Lindsay Espinosa has been praised for “[handling] difficult coloratura passages with the ease of a true professional, and all the high notes too.” (Opera Pronto). This emerging performer is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. During her studies in Colorado, she was an apprentice artist with Opera Fort Collins and performed Adina, Young Heidi and Laurie in their abridged productions of Elixir of LoveFollies, and The Tender Land. She also competed in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s voice competition where she was awarded an honorable mention.

In 2016, she was advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition in Boston. She also performed the role of Lily in Colonial Player’s production of The Secret Garden. Ms. Espinosa traveled to Florida to participate in the Miami Music Festival, where she performed in their Broadway and Opera Aria Night performances as well as singing the role of Le Feu in its production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. After this festival, Ms. Espinosa traveled to Mezzano, Italy, where sang the role of Adele in the Music Academy International’s production of Die Fledermaus. In winter 2017, Ms. Espinosa performed in the ensemble and covered the role of First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera AACC in Maryland. Immediately following this production, she revived her role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème for the annual Opera Night at the Osteria 510 in Front Royal, Virginia. Ms. Espinosa has also had the pleasure of singing in the Annapolis Chorale for their 2016-2017 season and was a featured performer in their performance of Oklahoma! as well as a soloist for their concert Music for a New World II.​

In addition to performing, Ms. Espinosa is also a voice and beginning-piano teacher. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, she taught for a year at Ohio’s Royalton Music Center. She also received her teaching certificate in working with children aged 0-5 from Music Together, an early childhood music education program. As a teacher, she offers in-home lessons on reading music, matching pitch, singing in foreign languages, and performance techniques to her students in the Annapolis area.

Pianist Dr. Joseph Satava has collaborated with orchestras and conductors and performed at festivals across Europe, Canada and the U.S.  His performances have included appearances with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Steinway Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, the Music Academy of the West, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, France, Iglesia San Felix de Candás, The Banff Centre, and the International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain. Dr. Satava has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music and at Merkin Hall in New York City.  In Baltimore, he has appeared as a frequent collaborator with the artists of Baltimore Musicales.  He has performed with the New Prism Ensemble, culminating in a recording of works by Robert Baker, the album Sharp Edges.  His playing is featured on the Navona label, in solo and chamber works by composer Keith Kramer.  Notable recent regional performances include a recital tour featuring works of Franck, Duparc and Faure with tenor Joseph Regan, the piano obligati in Ola Gielo’s Luminous Night of the Soul and Dark Night of the Soul with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at York College, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, he received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Solo Performance, and was named a finalist in The American Prize for Piano. He has taken prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Miecyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Piano competition, and was named a Promising Young Artist by the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Upcoming appearances include a collaboration with the artists of Annapolis’ Bach Plus Series in Bach’s seminal work The Art of Fugue in October 2017, and a performance as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 with Live Arts Maryland in April 2018.

November 2 - Bach +

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Thursday, November 2 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church

Bach+ – “For the Love of All Things Italian” The Vivaldi Project

The Vivaldi Project explores the important Italian influence on the mid-18th century String Trio. Beginning with J.S. Bach’s appreciation for Italian contrapuntal techniques and concertante styles, and his youngest son, J.C. Bach’s love of Italian opera, the Vivaldi Project brings to life the richly varied, yet overlooked Classical string trio as it emerges from the Baroque trio sonata.  Works by members of the Bach family are performed alongside those of Vivaldi, C.A. Campioni, Haydn, and others, revealing an abiding love for all things Italian


November 9 - Liana Paniyeva - piano

Thursday, November 9 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

Liana Paniyeva began winning prizes in piano competitions in Ukraine in 2002 when she earned Third Prize at the International Competitions in Memory of E. Gilels, First Prize at the International Competition in Memory of Prokofiev, and Second Prize at the International Competition in Memory of A. Karamanov.  In 2008, Liana continued winning competitions: she won First Prize in the “Music World” International Competition in Italy, and she was the winner of “The Voice of Music” Piano Competition in Israel. In the United States in 2012, Ms. Paniyeva was the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music; recipient of the Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition; and the winner of the AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition.  In 2013-2015, Ms. Paniyeva was awarded the E.B. Storrs Piano Scholarship from the Musical Club of Hartford.  Ms. Paniyeva was also awarded the Cargill Foundation Prize in the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, and became a prizewinner at the Iowa International Piano Competition in 2015.

She has performed at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Syria, Italy, and Israel. During the 2012-2013 season, she performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Most recently, Liana played in concert halls of Scotland, South Africa, and in multiple states of the USA.

Liana graduated from the Donetsk Music Academy in Ukraine, and went on to earn her Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2011.  Her career continues with recitals in Hungary, Israel, Ukraine, USA, England, Syria, Canada , South Africa and  Norway. Most recently, Ms. Paniyeva finished her Artist Diploma at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford

November 16 - Musica Spira

Thursday, November 16 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

“Let Me Speak: Rage, Sorrow, and Yearning in the Italian Baroque”

Being able to voice our deepest wishes and desires is a critical component of the human experience. Join Musica Spira for a dramatic program of Italian baroque works that feature characters who boldly speak their truth. From Mary, Queen of Scots in the hours before her execution to spurned lovers and everything in between, this hour of exquisite and thought-provoking music will examine the broad spectrum of ways in which we express emotion. The program features works by Giacomo Carissimi, Barbara Strozzi, Domenico Scarlatti, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Michelangelo Rossi.

Described as being able to “draw musical traditions of the past and present into renewed conversations about the importance of life and values,” Musica Spira (Music Breathes) is an emerging artist-run ensemble that was founded in 2016. Their mission is to capture the essence of life’s stories with innovative musical programming that makes baroque music relevant to issues in contemporary society. Co-directors Grace Srinivasan (soprano) and Paula Maust (harpsichord and organ), both Peabody graduates, manage the ensemble and hire additional artists for programs as needed. Based in the Baltimore, MD-Washington, D.C. area, they present a diverse array of engaging programs each season. Last season included performances of “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women Who Defied the Odds” and “In Pursuit of Fidelity” in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Upcoming programs include “But They Are At Peace: Music for the Feast of All Souls” for eight voices and organ and “Let Me Speak: Rage, Sorrow, and Yearning in the Italian Baroque” for soprano and harpsichord. More information can be found at


November 30 - Élan Ensemble

Thursday, November 30 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

The Élan Ensemble performs music from the 17th – 19th centuries in historic venues, bringing modern audiences into the spirit of the musical and social world of past eras. Elissa Edwards and Dr. Anastasia Pike specialize in creating thematic concerts through the use of original editions and historical performance practices such as ornamentation and expressive gesture. Each concert is a unique sensory experience, as their programs intersect with the art, culture, politics and philosophy of the times.

Élan Ensemble’s debut album for commercial release, Jane Austen’s Songbook – Songs & Arias from Miss Austen’s Personal Collection will be released this year and followed shortly by their second album, An English Christmas. They are enjoying a busy year of concerts at universities and historic houses throughout the East Coast to mark Miss Austen’s bicentennial celebration and were recently featured at the 2017 American Harp Society Summer Institute.

Elissa Edwards, award-winning soprano, specializes in music primarily of the 17th and 18th centuries, and her performances bring to light underperformed, yet stunning works from these periods. She is the co-founder and Creative Director of the Élan Ensemble. Ms. Edwards began her training at Houston Grand Opera and obtained her performance degrees from University of York, England (MA) and Boston University (BA), where she studied under Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque and Peter Seymour of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, with additional studies at the Royal College of Music, London. She currently studies with Dr. Julianne Baird.

In addition to chamber music performances, she is also a sacred music specialist and has been the featured concert soloist in many oratorio and cantata performances in the US and UK. (

Anastasia Pike, harpist, enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer and educator.  Dr. Pike has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center.  She co-founded the Sprezzatura Duo, which commissions and premiers new works, most recently at the 2016 American Harp Society’s (AHS) National Conference.  She also co-founded the Elán Ensemble, that presented Jane Austen’s Songbook at the 2017 AHS Summer Institute.

Dr. Pike received her doctorate from Columbia University and has master’s degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and the University of Maryland. She completed additional studies at the Julliard School and, upon personal invitation, the Salzedo School. She is also a faculty member at the Teachers College of Columbia University, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Christopher Newport University. Dr. Pike serves as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Harp Society. (



December 14 - Bach +

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Thursday, December 14 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church

 Bach+ – Abendmusik

The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, dating from 1734-35, celebrates the liturgical seasons associated with the Nativity (Advent, Christmas and Epiphany).  Comprised of six individual cantatas, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio conveys the theology of Preparation, Incarnation, and Manifestation relating to the Messiah.  This Thursday evening Abendmusik performance of Cantata #1 (“Jauchzet, frohlocket”) starts our Bach+ exploration of this monumental work.  The series continues with Cantata #2 on December 24 (Christmas Eve Service, 10:30 PM at St. Anne’s), Cantata #5 on January 7, 2018 (Celebration of the Epiphany, 11:15 AM service at St. Anne’s) and Cantata #6 on February 1, 2018 (Bach+ evening performance, 6:15 PM).


Adult Choir

Snior Choir Music ProgramUnder the direction of conductor, J. Ernest Green, our Adult Choir is composed of over 50 members. The Adult Choir provides most of the music for our 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Skylight Room of the Parish House.  For more information, contact Ernie Green

Church Circle Choristers

This interfaith ensemble consists of treble voices, including boys with unchanged voices ages 8+. Choristers rehearse weekly on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM and lead worship once a month at our Saturday and Sunday 5:30 PM services.

At St. Anne’s Church, we are blessed to have a thriving musical culture; and this city–wide children’s choir is part of our vision to keep our hearts and doors open to the greater Annapolis community. Our diverse choral repertoire consists of music from the Anglican choral tradition as well as other cultural and global musical traditions. We offer a hands-on, educationally-focused approach tailored to each singer’s needs to build musical and leadership skills that will last a lifetime!

By participating in the choir, choristers gain training in vocal technique, music theory and aural skills that are compatible with studying an instrument, singing in additional choirs or furthering their vocal studies.

Join us for an exciting season of soulful singing and help us expand our musical mission further into the community!  The Choristers have a vibrant year ahead with leading music at St. Anne’s Church and performances at the National Cathedral, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and an exciting collaboration with the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble.


If you have questions, or for more information, please contact the Choristers director, Elissa Edwards, at

2017 Schedule:

August 27: Choir Welcome Pizza Party 2:00 PM

September 23 & 24: Evening Worship Services 5:30 

October 8: Blessing of the Animals 1:00 PM
October 21 & 22: Evening Worship Services 5:30 PM

November 18 & 19: Evening Worship Services 5:30 PM

December 9 & 10: Advent Lessons & Carols 5:30 PM
with Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble

Come encourage our growing treble choir as they share the beauty of the Anglican choral tradition with the citywide community!  It is our vocational delight to bring you this glorious music each month.

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Click on the video above to enjoy our Young Singers performing Siyahamba

Children’s Choir

Music for ChildrenChildren’s Choir is for all St. Anne’s children between the ages of 3 and 8. Children practice year-round during the Sycamore Tree Children’s Liturgy at the 9.30 AM Sunday service and they sing the anthem at the Eucharist on the third Sunday of each month from October through May. The Children’s Choir sings at the Christ Child Service on Christmas Eve and the Children’s Liturgy of the Light on the Saturday before Easter.  For more information, contact Laurie Hays

Church Circle Consort

Music Band St. Anne'sInstrumental music for church services and other events is frequently provided by the Church Circle Consort. This group is a collection of instrumentalist, including strings, winds and percussion that range from amateur to professional and beginners to lifetime musicians under the direction of Kari Shea. Interested participants are grouped appropriately with other instruments or arrangements are made for solo performances and accompaniment with piano. A brass choir meets regularly and a string trio meets at arranged times. Other groups are formed for specific performances and as the need arises. If you play an instrument and want more information, contact Kari Shea