About Our Organ
This church was blessed in June 2008 with the gift of a new organ. Our custom Elite OPUS III by Allen Organ Company has 3 manuals, 5 divisions, 78 stops, a 38-channel audio system, and full MIDI capabilities. In addition to a wide variety of music for worship services, the annual Organ Series Concerts feature resources of the organ to perform many historic and popular styles. Thanks to Friends and the support of community businesses, the concerts have been free and open to the public.
Events have included the following programs:
Spring: Community professional soloists in selections from classical to Broadway. (The performers have also donated a special offering to Monroe County charities.)
Summer SongFest: ESUMC musicians in blend of hymns, folk, gospel, and contemporary songs for audience sing-along.
Fall: Solo concerts by nationally recognized virtuoso artists Aram Basmadjian, Mark Miller, Gordon Turk, Meredith Baker, Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman and Christopher Johnson.
The church and organ have also been the venue for public cultural events, including the East Stroudsburg University-Community Concert Choir and professional instrumentalists, directed by Dr. James Maroney. Those who wish further information about application requirements may contact the church office.
For further details and specifications, visit http://www.allenorgan.com/www/products/elite3/eliteopus3.html
2016Organ Series Concerts
Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., open to public, free, followed by informal reception
September 25 – Guest artist Christopher Johnson, Organist at Riverside Church in New York City
As soloist, and in ensembles with Joe Dorsch, saxophone, Wendy Wilson, violin, and Pauline Fox, organ and piano
July 10 – Variety Concert by local professionals – musical theater, classic, sacred styles. Featuring guests Nicole Snyder Rideout, soprano, and Vale Rideout, tenor with Joe Dorsch, saxophone, and Pauline Fox, organ Offering to Benefit Family Promise of Monroe County
NICOLE RIDEOUT – Nicole has most recently performed with Mostly Opera in the roles of Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Gilda (Rigoletto), with Theatrical Gems as Emma (Jekyll and Hyde), with Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Shawnee Playhouse as Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes). She has performed with other companies such as Opera Columbus and Princeton Opera Festival in roles as Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Kate/Lilli Vanessi (Kiss Me Kate) among others. In spring 2014 Nicole premiered a new American opera called “Piece/Peace Together” with Children’s and Liturgical Opera. She has had the privilege of Assistant Directing the East Stroudsburg High School South recent productions of Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University and her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University. She is currently the Music Director at Zion U.C.C. and has a private voice studio, both of which are in Stroudsburg, PA
VALE RIDEOUT– Vale enjoys a career on the opera and concert stage. He has sung major roles with San Francisco Opera (Alfred in Die Fledermaus), Palm Beach Opera (Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni), Boston Lyric Opera (Quint in The Turn of the Screw), Kentucky Opera (Roméo in Roméo et Juliette), Central City Opera (Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor), Tulsa Opera (Tamino in The Magic Flute), and Nashville Opera (Frank Shallard in Elmer Gantry). He has sung with major symphonies including the New York Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Orleans Philharmonic and Toledo Symphony. In musical theater, he has appeared in The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cabaret and Closer Than Ever, among others. He can be heard on recordings of operas Elmer Gantry, Rio de sangre, The Inspector, Ballad of Baby Doe and concert works: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carmina Burana and upcoming recordings including Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights and his first solo CD of Britten and Finzi songs on the ACIS label. www.valerideout.com