Guest Artists

Music is not for sale. It's for sharing. (Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor)

Immaculate Heart of Mary is proud to provide professional and non-professional musicians an opportunity to perform. As part of our ongoing commitment that all instruments and people blend together, we encourage a broad spectrum of musical styles. If you are a musician interested in sharing your talent, or know one, please contact Steven Vaughan, the Director of Music Ministry. Following are just some of the many musicians who have performed here...

Joanna Sanges

posted Sep 3, 2015, 3:45 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 3:46 PM ]

Joanna Sanges

Joanna performed on our inaugural #young@heart in December of 2013. She is an undergraduate Vocal Performance major at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She enjoys performing in the school’s many choirs and performance ensembles, and has performed in both musicals and operas, playing leading roles including “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “Sarah” in Guys and Dolls, and “Olive Ostrovsky” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Having sung in her own parish choir since she was a young child, she began working as a leader of song and cantor at St. William the Abbot in Seaford, Long Island, and continues to sing in the local church choir while she is away at college. In the fall of 2014, she received first place in the Civic Morning Musicals vocal competition.

Meagen McNulty

posted Sep 2, 2015, 5:08 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 5:09 PM ]

With a B.M. in music education from Rhode Island College, Meagan was the music director at St. Ambrose Church in Lincoln, RI before moving to New York. A lyric soprano who sings anything from classical to contemporary pieces, she's sung at numerous Catholic events in the Southern New England area. We were fortunate to have her cantor for us in November '13.

She was the soprano soloist for the Boston Mozart Society's Messiah. As an actress, just some of her many stage roles include Cosette in Les Misérables; Cinderella in Into the Woods; Marian Paroo in The Music Man; Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Cunégonde in Candide.

Dan Schutte

posted Aug 31, 2015, 10:19 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 10:20 AM ]

While he was in the Jesuit seminary, he began to experience the connection between music and communal worship. He learned firsthand how music can move a soul and bring one into the presence of God. At St. Louis University, he met John Foley, Bob Dufford, Roc O’Connor and Tim Manion. They played and sang for university liturgies; and wrote music that connected with people’s lives of faith. Their songs were enthusiastically and quickly spread by many who longed for scripture-based music written in a more contemporary, yet sacred, style. Known as “the St. Louis Jesuits,” they released nine collections and a 30-year anniversary collection in 2005. Some of his more notable songs with them include 
City of God; Only This I Want; Sing a New Song; and of course,Here I Am, Lord

In addition to his Jesuit formation, Dan holds two master’s degrees; in theology and liturgy. He also did graduate studies in music composition, and received three honorary doctoral degrees for his contribution to the life of the church. He authored a book, Walking the Sacred Path – Spiritual Exercises for Today. He introduced a couple of these exercises to our parish when he led a day of music and prayer here in 2013.

Age to Age: Generations of Faith

posted Aug 29, 2015, 5:21 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 5:21 PM ]

On Sunday, September 22nd, 2013, we were fortunate to host the New York Premiere of a concert event called 
Age to Age: Generations of Faith!  And this was a concert like no other! Steve Angrisano (Go Make a Difference; Many and One), Dan Schutte (Here I Am, Lord; City of God) and Curtis Stephan (Mass of Renewal we sing) are three generations of Catholic musicians who came together to share their music with one another and with us!

Influenced by different seasons of the Church's history, they share something in common—the faith that has been passed down to them. Breaking Bread's publisher OCP says “Though their musical expressions might vary, their common baptism is the river that flows through their lives, giving heartbeat to the composer within.” 

VIP tickets included front row seating and a cocktail reception with Dan Schutte and Curtis Stephan!

Curtis Stephan

posted Aug 27, 2015, 5:36 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 10:14 AM ]

Curtis received his Bachelor’s degree in music and his master’s degree in Jazz studies from the University of North Texas. Living in Frisco, TX with his wife and two sons, he is the music director for St. Ann’s parish in Coppell, TX, where his music ministry can be characterized as one of service. Having committed his life to serving the Gospel through music, Curtis has recorded numerous albums including Through the StormSacred Revolution and the Advent/Christmas CD, Born to UsHis Mass of Renewal is one of the Mass settings we sing here at Immaculate Heart of Mary.

His ultimate goal is to serve each parish he is invited to by helping them finding their own voice to lift up to our God in praise. And he did that for us when he spent a weekend here in September '13.

Mary De Sanctis Carmosino

posted Aug 21, 2015, 11:57 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 11:58 AM ]

Mary is Co-Director of Music at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn and played a Mass here in May '13. She's a receptionist at Weight Watchers International. She taught music at Fontbonne Hall Academy for thirteen years, St. Anselm's Abbey School for two and Rutland Public Schools for five. She studied Music Ed at Queens College, City University of New York; as well as attending Syracuse University. She is an alumni of Cardinal Spellman High School.

Rebecca Steinberg

posted Aug 14, 2015, 8:09 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 4:30 PM ]

Rebecca has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Cell Theater, the City Winery, the Snapple Theater and The Producer’s Club, among others. She was selected to perform the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Torrington Symphony and toured China with the Manhattan Symphonie as principal trumpet. Rebecca also performs with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Patriot Brass Ensemble (a group dedicated to performing for veterans), the Fire Island Pines Arts Project and is a founding member of the Manhattan Klezmer Band. Rebecca graduated from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with members of the New York Philharmonic. She played trumpet with us at the Easter Vigil in '13.

Marissa Tarangelo

posted Aug 11, 2015, 7:57 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 4:31 PM ]

Marissa freelances with St. John's Episcopal Church in Park Slope. She has a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School in vocal performance and a Master of Music from Brooklyn College in opera performance. She sings with the NY Choral Society and the NY Chamber Singers (a selected group from the Choral Society). She joined us for our Lighting of the Trees & Angels in '11 to sing O thou that tellest from Handel's "Messiah" and Schubert's Ganymed.

Matt Steckler

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:57 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 4:31 PM ]

Matt's work as a freelance performer includes appearances with Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Joe Lovano, Jim McNeely, Pheeroan Aklaff, Warren Smith, Neely Bruce, Tyshawn Sorey, Randy Brecker, Lee Konitz, Bobby Sanabria, George Russell, Lenny Pickett, Bob Moses, Jay Hoggard, Gunther Schuller, Inter-Art Ensemble, George Lewis, Gamelan Song of Lion, Wesleyan Steel Pans, Dinu Ghezzo, Roswell Rudd, Jon Hendricks, Jazz Composers Alliance, Steve Songs, Made in the Shade, Head of State, Corina Bartra, Smokehouse Prophets, Sam Bigelow, Doran Danoff, Brandon Patton, Dave Cope and others. As a composer, his achievements are commissions from Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, American Music Center and Chamber Music America, a 3-time poll winner in the Boston Phoenix, and a Boston Music Award. His teaching experience of over a dozen years includes faculty positions at RPI, NYU and Bergen Community College, metro NYC and Boston Public and Parochial Schools, including teaching band for Immaculate Heart of Mary School the last year it was open. The students gave a highly successful and prayerful Lenten concert in the church in March '12.

Kate Amrine

posted Aug 6, 2015, 7:44 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 4:31 PM ]

Our featured soloist at Midnight Mass in '11 & '13, Kate performs with a variety of orchestras, chamber groups, and other ensembles. In 2013 she appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in an all-girl horn section with the rock band Sleigh Bells. She's appeared as a musician extra for the A&E show Unforgettable. She frequently performs in various regional and Off-Broadway musical theater productions; some selected shows include the 2015 New York Musical Theater Festival production of Into the Sun, productions of Mary Poppins (Westchester Broadway Theater), Three Penny Opera (Atlantic Theater Company) and Lies My Father Told Me (National Yiddish Theatre). She currently works for the Festival of New Trumpet Music as the Administrator.

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