The 2010 St. Thomas Choir Concert was held on Sunday, May 16th, at 3:00 p.m. and featured many of the favorite pieces of the parish and choir. It was followed by a reception in the parish hall.
In 2009, the parish held a combined collage concert, which included the following singers (some bios incomplete):
Peggy Sheagren (née Kennedy)
Lucia Campbell, born in Florence, Italy, is a graduate of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence. An active church musician all her life, in 2005 Mrs. Campbell took over the post as Minister of Music at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, where she conducts the choir and sings weekly.
William Campbell is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Michigan and the Principal Trumpet of the Ann Arbor Symphony. Prof. Campbell has performed and taught at many colleges and universities around the country. He has performed all over the world and recorded with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta among others. In the summer of 2009, Prof. Campbell was in France, performing and teaching at the International Trumpet Institute, which he founded.
The Saint Thomas String Ensemble
The Saint Thomas Schola Gregoriana was founded by Dr. Deborah Friauff, Director of Music at St. Andrew Episcopal Church of Ann Arbor, and is now directed by her husband, St. Thomas organist, Timothy Tikker. The Schola sings Gregorian chant and polyphony in Latin as well as some liturgical psalmody in English. The Schola Gregoriana sings the 12:30 "chant" Mass throughout the year.
Timothy Tikker studied Organ Performance at San Francisco State University (BMus), and the University of Oregon at Eugene (MMus), then studied with famed French organist Jean Langlais. He won First Prize in the National Improvisation Competition in the San Anselmo Organ Festival in 1987 (USA), the Holtkamp-AGO Award in Organ Composition in 1993, and First Prize in the UNESP Organ Composition Competition (Brazil) in 1997. He has performed solo organ recitals in the USA, France and Germany, and as featured soloist with the Kalamazoo and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. From 1996-2000 he was Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently Organist and Schola Gregoriana Director at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, College Organist at Kalamazoo College, and Adjunct Professor of Organ at Eastern Michigan University.
Josephine Kasa-Vuvu Kabamba