Walk the Way of Love: James Jillson Selway

St. Peter’s is tremendously fortunate to have a talented composer in its midst and has decided it’s time for the combined St. Peter’s choirs to celebrate the music of their own James Jillson Selway!

Sunday, April 2, 2017
4:00 pm
Walk the Way of love
The Anthems of James Jillson Selway
St. Peter’s Choirs
Don Witman, conductor
James Selway, piano

James Jillson Selway

A graduate of The Juilliard School and The Catholic University of America, James Selway is Organist and Children’s/Youth Choir Director at St. Peter’s and Associate Director of the World Children’s Choir. An accomplished pianist, he has performed at the Phillips Collection and the World Bank in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall, and the United Nations. He has performed as pianist and choreographer with the World Children’s Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and other Washington, D.C. venues.

Selway is director of Harnes Selway Arts where he maintains a Suzuki piano studio and has directed operetta and music theater productions for the Harnes Selway Arts summer program, “Singers ONSTAGE.” He specializes in directing operetta for youth and also has produced Gilbert and Sullivan productions at Summer Music Festival – Suzuki Kingston, Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Selway is a frequent workshop clinician in the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda, both as a music theater director and as a pianist.

As a bass-baritone, Selway has sung with Aspen Music Festival, the Greenwich (Conn.) Philharmonia, the Aspen Contemporary Music Conference, the Washington Opera, the New York Chamber Soloists, the American Opera Center, the Yale Summer Music Festival, and at the United Nations. He has sung in Israel and throughout the Caribbean as a soloist with “Around the World in Ninety Minutes.”

The Anthems

Blessed Are Those Who Trust in the Lord
Clouds of Glory
God Be With Me
In Christ We Hold the Key
Let Us Go to the House of the Lord
O Lord, Our Governor
O God, Thou Art My God
Wake to the Light
Walk the Way of Love
With One Dream
Worthy is the Lamb

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26th Annual St. Peter’s Messiah Sing-along

Join us on Sunday, December 4 at 7:30 pm for a beloved St. Peter’s Advent tradition, a sing-along of Part One of Handel’s Messiah. The event lasts about 90 minutes, is family-friendly, and ends with a rousing rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Bring your own score or borrow one at the door.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
7:30 pm
Messiah Sing-along
St. Peter’s Choir & Soloists
World Children’s Choir
with Chamber Orchestra
Don Witman, conductor

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
4250 N. Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22207

For more information, write stpetersmusic at gmail.com.

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Music for Brass Quintet

Coming up in Concerts at St. Peter’s 2016-2017 –

Don Witman brings his brass quintet back to St. Peter’s for a free concert of music from the Renaissance to the jazz age!

Sunday, October 23, 2016
4:00 pm

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25th Annual “Messiah” Sing-along

Join us on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm for a beloved St. Peter’s Advent tradition, a sing-along of Part One of Handel’s Messiah. The event lasts about 90 minutes, is family-friendly, and ends with a rousing rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Bring your own score or borrow one at the door.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
7:30 pm
Messiah Sing-along
St. Peter’s Choir, Soloists, Congregation & Friends
with Chamber Orchestra
Don Witman, conductor

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
4250 N. Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22207

For more information, write stpetersmusic at gmail.com.

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Organ Recital Kicks Off 2016-2016 Concerts at St. Peter’s

Concerts at St. Peter’s
presents

Organist Justus Parrotta in Recital

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Battala del 6to Tono – José Jimenez
O Mensch bewein dein Sünde groß – J.S. Bach
Aria on “Abide with Me” – Justus Parrotta
Praeludium in C Major BuxWV 137 – Dietrich Buxtehude
Suite on the Third Mode (Composed for the Lewis and Hitchcock Organ at St. Peter’s)
Le Banquet Celeste – Olivier Messiaen
Fête – Jean Langlais

Justus (Jay) Parrotta is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, the highest level of certification granted by the AGO. He has received awards and scholarships for his keyboard skills from the Delaware, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia Chapters of the American Guild of Organists; National  Federation of Music Clubs; National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts; and West Chester University. He has performed recitals at such venues as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, National City Christian Church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, and The Washington National Cathedral. He possesses a varied and extensive music background, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance, magna cum laude and a Master’s Degree in Music Composition with a concentration in Concert Music from The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Composition. As a composer, his works not only consist of music for keyboard but music for solo instruments, voice, choir, congregation, chamber ensemble, orchestra, opera, electronics, and film; including the critically acclaimed documentary Dakota 38(www.justusparrotta.com/film/dakota-38/). His music has been heard in Antarctica, Australia, France, Sweden, Zambia, and throughout North America.

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Byrd, Beethoven, Mozart and More…

Coming up on Sunday, April 12!

Psalms and Mass Settings

Six Centuries of Inspiration

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

St. Peter’s Choir takes you on a tour of 6 centuries of the world’s most beautiful liturgical choral music.  Selections will range from William Byrd’s 1590 Mass for Four Voices to contemporary psalm settings by 20th- and 21st-century composers and will include excerpts from inspirational mass settings settings by Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Gounod, Puccini and Bach.

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Soprano Tracy Cox performs with Music at St. Peter’s

Sunday, February 22, 2015
4:00 pm

An entertaining and enlightening hour of music with an award-winning soprano.
Soprano Tracy Cox is a recipient of the 2014 George London-Kirsten Flagstad Prize and the Birgit Nilsson Prize at the 2013 Operalia Competition, and she was a National Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has recently performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Opera. Her partner for this concert will be Kim Witman.

The theme of the afternoon will be “A Rock & a Hard Place: Songs of Obsessive, Wonderful, Terrible Love.” Verdi and Strauss will be joined by Joni Mitchell and Jerome Kern! Complete program here.

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October 26 Concert Canceled

The Sunday, October 26, 2014 concert by Capital Reeds has been canceled.

Please check back for information on these upcoming 2014-2015 performances:

Messiah Sing-along
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7:30 p

Tracy Cox, soprano
Kim Pensinger Witman, piano
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

St. Peter’s Choirs in Concert
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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Capital Reeds Plays on Concerts at St. Peter’s

UPDATE 10/9/14: This concert has been canceled. Please visit our Concerts at St. Peter’s page for dates for upcoming 2014-2015 performances!


Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Capital Reeds is Washington, DC’s premier reed trio. Noelle Drews (oboe), Santana Moreno (clarinet) and Jeff Ward (bassoon) play individually with ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the American Balalaika Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, United States Army Orchestra, United States Naval Academy Band, and many others.  www.capitalreeds.com

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Any Dream Will Do

St. Peter’s Productions, March 2014.

Over 80 young people, scores of volunteers and a supportive parish = A Dreamcoat to remember.

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