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Monday, May 13, 2019





 2 PM Guided Tours
3 PM Vocal Concert by Jason Slayden, tenor
“The Holy Sonnets of John Donne” by Benjamin Britten,
and songs of Henri Duparc and Franz Lizst
4 PM Refreshments and Open House



Jason Slayden has become internationally recognized for his interpretation of leading tenor roles in the Bel Canto, Verismo, and French Grand Opera repertoires across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and Japan. Role highlights include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Lt BF Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Werther in Massenet’s Werther, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, as well as many Verdi roles, including Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Alfredo (La Traviata), Fenton (Falstaff) and il Duca di Mantua (Rigoletto). In 2016, he made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the baton of Mo. Emmanuel Villaume in Bartlett Sher’s production of Romeo et Juliette as Tybalt and the Romeo understudy. He has also sung with Vancouver Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera de Montreal, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Seito Kinen Festival, Ash Lawn, Berkshire Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, and the Des Moines Metro Opera among others. He has been awarded a Sullivan Career Grant, the Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize, a George London encouragement award, and was a Metropolitan Opera Nation Council Finalist.

Along with a career in opera, Jason is a multimedia artist working in the disciplines of sound design, photography, video and animation. With his wife, he creates immersive performance projects with art song, field recordings, and electronic music in their multimedia duo BELHAVEN. They return to Avaloch Farm Music Institute in the summer of 2019 to develop a new work based on Alban Berg’s “Sieben Frühe Lieder.” Jason also serves as the parish organist at St John’s Episcopal Church in Yonkers, NY.

Pianist, Gloria Kim. Recent appearances include a recital collaboration with Nitzan Haroz on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series (Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal trombonist), a concert of opera excerpts by alumni of American Lyric Theater’s critically acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program at The Morgan Library & Museum and National Sawdust, Carnegie Weill and Zankel Halls, the Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Poland, and the New York premiere of an all-female chamber opera, Svadba. She has also appeared on live broadcast with WQRX and KMFA. Career highlights include being on the music staff for the Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn), Glimmerglass Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute (Heggie’s Three Decembers), Opera Omaha (Falstaff), Virginia Opera (der fliegende Holländer), and serving as music director for projects with American Lyric Theater, Heartbeat Opera, and The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

An advocate for music in higher education, she has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, Montclair State University, and Concordia University (adjunct violin), and has given master classes at Ithaca College, The University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis. A native of Austin, TX, Dr. Kim received her degrees in Performance at The University of Texas, and her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota. Also an accomplished violinist, she was in the symphony orchestras at both universities, and was active in the orchestral and chamber music scenes in Austin and Minneapolis.

Upcoming highlights include further collaborations with Nitzan Haroz, American Lyric Theater, and Savannah Voice Festival. She joins Opera Maine this summer for the production of Sumeida's Song by Mohammed Fairouz.

An advocate for music in higher education, she has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, Montclair State University, and Concordia University (adjunct violin), and has given master classes at Ithaca College, The University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis. 



A Note about Historic Saint John’s Church

This distinguished church building was designed in 1872 by the architect Edward Tuckerman Potter. Part of the earlier 1752 Colonial church is preserved and incorporated in the 1872 church, thereby being one of the earliest examples of historic preservation in America. The original church was funded by Frederick Philipse II, Lord of the Manor of Philipsburg, one of the most important manors in New York State. This architectural fabric is the oldest stone Episcopal Church in New York State.

Founded on 21 September 1693 by an Act of the Third Assembly during the reign of King William and Queen Mary, joint monarchs of England, Scotland and Ireland, the congregation, however, began work here as early as 1684.  The first project in the parish was the founding of a school in the Mile Square area of Yonkers. This begins a long history of community service. St. John’s and its parishioners were major contributors in the founding of St. John’s Hospital. In recent history this parish was instrumental in founding C.L.U.S.T.E.R., an agency to support people in need, and the Sharing Community which has helped thousands make the transition from homelessness to mainstream life.

The primary mission of Saint John’s is spreading the Gospel and healing message of Christ's love for the world. In continuing this work, the people of Saint John's Episcopal Church support all who pursue peace and joy through the love of God and neighbor. We give thanks to God for over 325 years as a parish, and pray that we may be the hands and feet of Christ in our neighborhood of Getty Square. May God richly bless you, and grant you faith, courage and peace.

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