Out and About
DioNEB is happy to welcome these fantastic new clergy to our diocese!
The Rev. Deacon Amy Duggins
Amy graduated in May with her M.Div. from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was ordained to the transitional diaconate this June in the Diocese of North Carolina, and is delighted to be joining the staff and people of All Saints as a Bishop’s Society Curate. Amy grew up in East Tennessee and completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado College, where she majored in music and promptly fell head over heels in love with the Western wilds. She joined the park service after graduation, and served as a park ranger and naturalist in Colorado and North Carolina prior to her call to ordained ministry. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, writing, pondering, long rambling walks, and the occasional adventure.
The Rev. Deacon Kyle Martindale
Kyle graduated this spring with an M.Div from The Virginia Theological Seminary after an earlier Spring ordination to the transitional diaconate. He is very excited to return home to Nebraska and serve and worship with the people of All Saints. Prior to leaving for seminary, Kyle worked as youth minister at Saint Mark’s in Hastings, and at the Crossroads Center Rescue Mission in Hastings and Kearney. Since then, he has focused much of his time on Christian Education and Practical Ministry courses. Kyle got married on May 24th to his wife, Trish, and both look forward to beginning this new chapter in their lives with the people of DioNeb.
The Rev. Diane Pike
Diane was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of West Missouri by Bishop Martin Field in July 2011, and to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Rhode Island (for West Missouri) by Bishop David Joslyn in January 2012. She earned her MDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, TX), her BA degree from Nazareth College (Kalamazoo, MI), a secondary teaching certificate from Madonna (College) University (Detroit, MI), and an MA degree from Oakland University (Rochester, MI). Diane will be serving as the Associate Priest at St. Andrew’s, in Omaha.
Prior to attending seminary Diane had a long career in not-for-profit management and fundraising, including serving as Director of Fund Development for the Girl Scouts of the USA (New York). She most recently served as Executive Director of the Episcopal Preach Foundation (New Jersey). Diane has experience as an annual and major gifts officer for several hospitals and institutions of higher education in Philadelphia and the Greater Detroit Metro area. She has had classroom experience teaching both adults and children, and has taught science and social sciences in grades 5-10. Diane is an avid Detroit sports fan, and she enjoys reading and quilting, working with hot glass, traveling and cooking and haning with her Chihuahua mix rescue dog, Lexi.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will present Summer Sings! on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to participate in an instant performance of Elijah, an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn. The evening will include an inspiring one-hour rehearsal followed by a one-hour performance of the choral masterwork. Scores will be available on loan for the evening, or participants may bring their own copies. Admission is free, and childcare is available in the cathedral nursery.
Tom Trenney, nationally acclaimed conductor and organist from First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, will lead the event. Soloists include Jeff Keele, baritone, Carrie Kouma, soprano, Rebecca Shane, alto, and Drew Duncan, tenor.
“Summer Sings! is a popular annual event in Lincoln, and we are pleased to share it with the Omaha community this year,” stated Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor at Trinity Cathedral. “Many church, school, and community choirs are on vacation during the summer months, and this event provides a welcome opportunity to join others in singing some of the world’s greatest music.”
The event is envisioned as a community sing where all are welcome. Unlike many choirs, no auditions, extra rehearsals, or long-term commitments are required. “Music, hospitality, air conditioning, refreshments, and fun combine for a perfect summer outing for the entire family,” shared Burnett.
Trinity Cathedral is located at 113 N 18th Street in downtown Omaha. Information is available at http://trinityepiscopal.org. The program is presented by Abendmusik in collaboration with Trinity Cathedral.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska has announced the opening of Cantate Choral Academy. This new program, based at the cathedral, offers opportunities for choral music education for children and youth using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.
“The mission of Cantate Choral Academy is formation for lifelong praise of God through sacred choral music in the Anglican tradition,” explained Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor and Director of the Academy. “We seek to equip singers for this mission through music education of the highest quality and engagement of mind, body, and spirit in sacred choral offerings.”
Starting this fall, Cantate Choral Academy will offer two ensembles for children and youth: Laudate Choir, a preparatory choir for grades 1-3, and Cantate Choir, an advanced choir for grades 4-8. The curriculum for both choirs includes choral singing, music theory, vocal technique, and spiritual formation.
The choirs are open to all children and youth in the Omaha area. Each singer and his or her parent or caregiver will meet with the director prior to admission to discuss expectations. “The choirs will sing at Trinity Cathedral two Sunday mornings each semester,” stated Burnett, “which allows young people from any church to participate in this outstanding educational program while remaining active members of their own congregations.” The choirs will also sing twice each semester at times other than Sunday morning at churches, health care facilities, and community events.
The goals of Cantate Choral Academy include encouraging high quality liturgical singing by children and youth in the Omaha area, supplementing musical education and experiences provided in local parishes and schools, and offering the unique RSCM curriculum which encourages and expects a high level of musical achievement from young people
The RSCM curriculum provides a standardized system of award ribbons signifying achievement of musical milestones through the years of participation. The opportunity to work toward these ribbons, which are worn with the choir vestment, provides motivation for students to achieve higher levels of musical achievement and literacy. RSCM also provides summer courses for older students which feature a week of intensive study and singing at one of several college campuses in the United States. Members of the Cantate Choir will be eligible to apply for summer courses starting in 2017.
The Director of Cantate Choral Academy, Marty Wheeler Burnett, holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University, a doctorate from The University of the South, and has over 30 years of choral conducting experience. She received the Nebraska Choral Directors Association’s “Outstanding Choral Director of the Year” award in 2011. Burnett will be joined by assisting faculty who will provide instruction and keyboard accompaniment. All faculty and volunteers have completed Safeguarding God’s Children training and are committed to providing a safe, structured, and nurturing educational environment.
For younger children, the Academy offers Kindermusik classes in partnership with the Jennifer Tritz Voice Studio. Kindermusik is recognized as one of the premier programs of music and movement for infants through kindergarten students. These classes, offered at Trinity Cathedral, provide a strong foundation for future music study and choir participation. “As a result of our partnership, we are able to offer this outstanding early childhood music program with very affordable tuition, making it accessible to more children in our community,” stated Burnett.
Noted Benedictine scholar and author Esther de Waal, will be lecturing on Benedictine Spirituality at Nashotah House on Monday, June 13, 2016.
de Waal’s books and lectures offer wisdom and insight into the Rule of St. Benedict’s direction on stability, fidelity, and obedience. For over fifteen hundred years St. Benedict’s Rule continues as a source of guidance, support, inspiration, challenge, and comfort.
de Waal is the author of several books on this topic: Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict; Seeking Life: The Baptismal Invitation of the Rule of St. Benedict; and Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness.
de Waal holds a PhD from Cambridge and received an honorary doctorate from St. John’s University for her contributions to Benedictine studies and for her ecumenical work and was awarded the Templeton Prize for having started the “Benedictine Experience Weeks” which are now held throughout the United States and England. de Waal is a senior fellow of the Cathedral College in Washington, D.C., a sought-after retreat leader and speaker on Benedictine spirituality.
The event price is $125 per person. For a full schedule and to register go to www.nashotah.edu
Cathedra, a professional vocal ensemble in residence at Washington National Cathedral, will perform a concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 113 N 18th Street, Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Established in 2010, Cathedra has already achieved high acclaim for its “beautiful, blended sound” (The Washington Post). Specializing in music of both the Renaissance and Baroque and a champion of the modern-day composer, Cathedra is a highly skilled ensemble dedicated to bringing the highest form of musical expression to music from across the ages.
Artistic Director Michael McCarthy is regarded as one the leading choral conductors of today. A native of the UK, McCarthy moved to the United States in 2003 when he became Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. In addition to his accomplishments as a conductor and composer of sacred choral works, he is widely recognized for his musical work in the Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter films. His series of recent recordings with Cathedra in the New American Choral Series on the Gothic label have received excellent reviews.
The ensemble is visiting the Midwest for the first time this spring at the invitation of Trinity Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Marty Wheeler Burnett. “I heard Cathedra perform in Washington, D.C. at the Association of Anglican Musicians national conference two years ago,” stated Burnett, “and I invited them to Omaha immediately following the concert. Cathedra is one of the top choral ensembles in the country today, and we are honored to host them in our diocese.”
The concert, entitled “Expanse of Eternity,” focuses on themes of remembrance and resurrection. The program includes sacred choral music by Lotti, Victoria, Tavener, Howells, and several contemporary composers. Childcare is available in the nursery during the performance. A reception will follow the concert with the opportunity to meet McCarthy and the singers.
Through support from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Endowment for the Arts, the Bishop Clarkson Foundation, and individual donors, the concert is offered with free admission for all. “We view the Trinity Cathedral Concert Series as outreach to the community through music and the arts, an offering of beauty that is accessible to all,” stated Burnett. For more information on the series, visit http://trinityepiscopal.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrei Sorokin graduated from the Art Institute in Russia. Initially, he worked as a portraitist and icon painter. Since leaving Russia in 1993, Sorokin has lived and worked in the United States, primarily in the Midwest. Over 300 of his oil paintings have been sold to collections all over the USA and internationally – specifically Russia, Italy and Germany.
Through his work as an artist for a memorial company, Sorokin added stone etching as another artistic skill. He has worked in three dimensions as well – both restoring and creating sculptures. Sorokin continues to enjoy learning and experiencing a variety of fine arts techniques as he develops his own style of expression.
Sorokin’s works can also be seen at Metro Gallery in downtown Lincoln.
First Friday Artwalks are held on the first Friday of every month at galleries and business (and now, with St. Mark’s, Churches!) in downtown Lincoln. To keep up to date on future Art Walk exhibits and other happenings at St. Marks, like their Facebook page found here.
For more information, contact St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church and Student Center, 402-474-1979 or email@example.com.
St. Andrew’s in Seward celebrated God’s creation with an April 24 worship service that recalled the traditional Rogation Days in England, when the fields were blessed at planting time. Mother Verneda Kelly blessed a vessel of soil, and parishioners were encouraged to take a scoopful home to their own gardens. And yes, the congregation sang, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”
About 40 people — from the church and the community — attended the Earth Day celebration that afternoon in and around the parish hall. There were locally grown plants for sale, along with “green” products such as homemade laundry soap, and tote bags and hats made of “plarn” (recycled plastic bags). Some of the most eye-catching of the recycled products were beautifully hand-braided “rag rugs” made by a 96-year-old friend of St. A. Just think, she has been recycling for nearly 80 years!
Introducing Deb Sneller, Church Periodical Club Coordinator for Women’s Ministries of our Diocese.
“My name is Deb Sneller. My journey in life as an Episcopalian is rather short, just a tad over six years; constituting only 10% of my life. The first 90% of my time was spent as a Methodist. My conversion to the Episcopal Church came with a marriage to my second husband (Jeff) who is a cradle Episcopalian and one of the most kind, loving, benevolent individuals I’ve had the pleasure to know. Exploring what it means to be an Episcopalian along side Jeff made leaving my Methodist roots easier than anticipated.
We have five children, three grandchildren (with more on the way), and a yellow lab who is every bit as spoiled as the grandchildren. When not working, I spend as much time with the grandkids, teaching and nurturing them, and giving their parents a little respite. Baking is my favorite hobby. One of my favorite things to make is a giant chocolate chip cookie (known as the Birthday Cookie at work – as each person in my department gets one annually on their birthday).
My professional time is spent as an accountant for a non-profit organization that serves the needs of youth in our area.”
CPC is a charitable outreach of Episcopal Church Women. The CPC Coordinator links local churches to the diocese, province and national oﬃce.
Many wonderful works are done via the Church Periodical Club — find out how you can help in its mission to change the world one book at a time.
Learn more about CPC online at http://www.churchperiodical.com. Please support CPC!
Join the combined choirs of All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral this Sunday for a traditional service of sung Evening Prayer.
The service is at 4:00 PM, Sunday, February 21st at
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
113 North 18th Street, Omaha
Music of Couperin, Fauré, Scheiblhofer, Stanford, and Vaughan Williams will be featured.
All are welcome – enter through the bell tower doors.
On Saturday morning, January 23, Trinity Cathedral’s curate, the Reverend Sarah Miller, will be ordained to the priesthood. At the console, Dr. Robert Delcamp, Professor of Music and University Organist and Choirmaster from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee will serve as a guest organist.
There is a unique connection between the ordinand and the esteemed professor. “Singing in the University Choir as a Sewanee undergraduate was one of the greatest joys of my time there,” shared Miller, “and I attribute much of that to Dr. Delcamp’s leadership. His commitment to bringing out the best in choir members, his choice of music that is both a challenge and delight to sing, and his dedication to producing excellent music in the Anglican tradition make being a part of his choir a uniquely formative and enriching experience.”
A common link between the two is the cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett. Prior to moving to Omaha, Burnett taught at Sewanee and returned to complete a Doctor of Ministry degree. During those years, she and Delcamp developed a close friendship and collaborated on several performances.
“We had been discussing dates for an organ recital at Trinity Cathedral, and Sarah’s ordination presented the perfect opportunity for a return visit to Omaha,” explained Burnett. Delcamp performed at the cathedral several years ago, prior to the restoration of the pipe organ in 2011. “I wanted to offer him the opportunity to play our beautifully restored instrument with its new console.”
As part of the celebratory week, Delcamp will present an organ recital on Thursday evening, January 21 at 7:30. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century organ repertoire, Delcamp will present works by Alexandre Guilmant, César Franck, and several modern composers. The program features a variety of pieces designed to showcase the cathedral’s historic pipe organ. The restored instrument contains pipes from the original 1890 and 1932 organs, as well as additions made in the 1960s, 1980s, and 2011.
As a concert artist, Delcamp has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing for numerous chapters of the American Guild of Organists and presenting workshops on organ technique, hymn playing, and organ repertoire, as well as concerts and workshops devoted to the organ music of Marcel Dupré. His highly regarded recordings for Naxos include three volumes in the Organ Encyclopedia series of the complete works of Dupré and CDs of organ music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Alexandre Guilmant, and Charles-Marie Widor.
This week, Delcamp’s considerable talents will grace Nebraska’s cathedral, celebrating friendships and ministries old and new, brought together through the gift of music.
Trinity Cathedral Concert Series
Organ Recital by Dr. Robert Delcamp
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission – Nursery available
Ordination of Sarah Leanne Miller to the Sacred Order of Priests
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
113 N 18th Street, Omaha, Nebraska