Music and the Arts Concerts


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Young Musicians' Annual Concert


—in the Sanctuary

— Enjoy the annual free concert of solo presentations — celebrating local young musicians in their award-winning performances. A reception in honor of the students follows. Everyone is welcome to attend.




Heritage Ensemble of Peoria
Liturgical Arts Festival presents
Heritage Ensemble of Peoria


—in the sanctuary | Reception afterwards

The Heritage Ensemble, under the direction of Sharon Samuels Reed, began as the chorus for the Peoria Opera Company's production of Porgy and Bess and has continued as a chorus that specializes in singing African American Spirituals. This is the third time that this outstanding ensemble has sung at First Presbyterian Church. The event is a part of the 10th festival of the Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield's 20th year.

Carrie Groenewold

Carrie Groenewold Organ Concert


—in the Sanctuary

Carrie Groenewold recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Church Music at the University of Kansas, where she studied organ, conducting, and harpsichord with Dr. Michael Bauer. There, she also studied carillon with Elizabeth Berghout and improvisation with Kevin Vogt.

Her research on J. P. Sweelinck’s Genevan psalm settings was presented in a lecture-recital, which included a performance of three parallel psalm settings for keyboard and chorus. While at KU, she held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Carrie holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied organ with Craig Cramer. She attended Dordt College and received a B.A. in Organ Performance and Church Music. Carrie was an alternate winner of the American Round of the Tariverdiev Competition in 2011.

Recent performances include recitals at Goshen College (Goshen, IN) and Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA); an organist in the Liszt Festival at KU; and a featured organist in PipeDreams Live! along with other organists at the University of Kansas.