5th Annual Community Christmas Concert

A milestone year, featuring music for Advent and Christmas by both alumni musicians and new musicians.  Doors open at 6pm, hymn sing, free-will offering with a light reception.

Our Lady of Hope Choir
The Sentimentalists (Mohawk Valley Chorus)
Valley Bog Players

Dr. Elizabeth Munch (harp)
Janet Shuster (piano)
John Cannon (organ)
Castine Hardesty (piano)
Eric Stroud (will feature a new positif organ with Susan Crua)

Vocal Soloists:
Susan Crua
JoAnne McNamara
Rachael Takacs
Jessica Harris
SueAnn Wheadon

The concert will conclude with the G.F. Handel "Hallelujah" chorus from the Messiah.

4th Annual Christmas Concert

Friday, December 12th at 7pm. This is a family-friendly music program celebrating seasonal (Christmas and Advent) favorites and the lighting of the tree! With local artists:

  •  Our Lady of Hope Choir
  • The Sentimentalists (Mohawk Valley Chorus)
  • Jo Ann McNamara
  • Norma Bowley
  • Susan Crua
  • Rachael Takacs
  • Jessica Harris
  • Community Bible Church
  • Naphtali and Naomi Rothrock
  • Dr. Elizabeth Munch
  • Roland Vinyard
  • Dr. Eric M. Stroud

Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:00pm. Free-will offering to support Canajoharie arts


Third Annual Halloween Concert

Halloween Concert provides evening of macabre, yet lighthearted fun


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE — For the third consecutive year, the Upstate Chapel hosted its Halloween Concert, beckoning locals to the cavernous sanctuary of the repurposed former-catholic church to hear some spooky music — including tunes performed on the facility’s second story pipe organ — and to witness performances by some of the local area’s most talented singers, dancers, musicians, artists and storytellers.

The tone of the proceedings was morbid, yet carried a light, humorous touch, most notably the songs performed by the Valley Bog Players, featuring John and Kathy Walsh and Roland Vinyard, who spun creepy, engrossing tales of the macabre.

The third song performed by the group, “Isn’t It Grand,” described in the program as “a traditional Irish song about funerals and death, sung heartily,” contained the humorous, yet haunting refrain, “Let’s not have a sniffle, let’s have a bloody good cry. And always remember, the longer you live, the sooner you’ll bloody-well die.”

The Valley Bog Players returned to the stage for the second to last performance of the night, playing the Vinyard original “The Ballad of Pete Hauer.” The song was created after Roland’s friend was involved in a still-unsolved crime in the 1970’s that left one eleven-year-old boy dead, found in the cave where Hauer had presumably placed his body, leading his killer to suicide.



Festival of Hymns and Singalong

Friday, June 20th, 2014 7pm

Because of the devasting floods last year, the original 2013 hymn festival was cancelled. This event is takes that place, with an expanded program! This is a family-friendly music program celebrating favorite hymns and rounds! With local artists:

  •  Our Lady of Hope Choir
  • The Sentimentalists (Mohawk Valley Chorus)
  • The Valley Bog Players with special guests Joanne McNamara and Germaine Connelly
  • Rachael Takacs and Norma Bowley
  • Community Bible Church
  • Dr. Eric M. Stroud

Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:00pm. Free-will offering to support Canajoharie arts


Historic Organ Concert – Friday May 9th, 2014 7pm

Trinity Lutheran Church, Stone Arabia, 5426 State Hwy 10, Palatine Bridge, NY, is hosting a Historic Organ Program at 7 pm on Friday, May 9th, 2014.

Dr. Eric Stroud will present a “Show and Tell” about the old organ pipe work including a rare opportunity to explore the interior hidden workings and unseen features of the pipes. The program will also feature talented local performers including organists Dr. Stroud, Naphtali Rothrock and Norma Bowley; flutist Anne Cooper; trumpeter Terry Gordon; and vocalist Rev. Kenneth Dingman. All music during the program is accompanied by the organ. This country church is like a step-back-in-time. Founded in 1729, the original log church was burned by the Tories and their Indian allies during the American Revolution. The early pioneers rebuilt the church in 1792. There has been a continuous active congregation here for almost 300 years. Trinity is listed on both the New York and United States Registers of Historic Places. There will be a free will offering for preservation of the historic pipe organ and church. Refreshments will be provided following the program. For further information call 518-673-5443 or 518-673-2224.

Above: Trinity's 1902 Morey Organ with beautiful original stenciled pipes"