The students, staff, faculty and invited guests of the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA) will showcase their talents throughout the spring. Be sure to take in some of these wonderful performances.

Judson Guitar Ensemble and Chambers Singers Recital
TONIGHT, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium will mark the premiere of two new works: “A New Commandment,” a piece composed especially for the Judson Guitar Ensemble and Chamber Singers by alum Ben Richardson based on John 13:34-35. Also, there is the a cappella piece for the Chamber Singers entitled “Psalm of Praise,” composed by Dr. Josh Jones and using a poem written by Robert Grant based on Psalm 19 as the text. There is no admission fee. Read more about the two composers here.

Percussion Ensemble Concert
Exciting rhythms, entertaining music and cool percussion instruments will be the hallmarks of this fun concert on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium. Bring the family! There is no admission fee.

Piano Ensemble Recital
Perfect formula: 9 students, 18 hands, 90 fingers = exciting music! This exciting recital will take place on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium. There is no admission fee.

Judson Civic Orchestra Concert
Music Department Chair Dr. Robert Kania debuts as the featured soloist, conductor and artistic director of the Judson Civic Orchestra on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. Dr. Kania will play the beautiful and thrilling Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, with Jim Franklin conducting. He will also conduct the famous Beethoven Symphony No. 5. The Judson family is invited to attend free of charge. An endowed scholarship fund for piano performance will be dedicated at this concert, in loving memory of Judson piano performance graduate, Lidia Krzemien.

Michelle Osakada and Caleb Fletcher Student Percussion Recital
DCWPA students Michelle Osakada (Music Performance/Percussion) and Caleb Fletcher (Music Business & Entrepreneurship) will perform a joint recital utilizing a variety of percussion instruments (marimba, timpani, snare drum) on Sunday evening, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium. There is no admission fee.

Merit Recital
This special recital, composed of students who have auditioned and been selected to perform by music faculty, will take place on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium. A free-will offering will be taken to fund an important initiative to provide musical instruments to the Farm Primary School in Jamaica. This semester’s instrument will be a saxophone, joining the trumpet, trombone and flute that have been sent to Jamaica over the past three semesters. Piano Trends Music & Band Company in Crystal Lake, Ill., has partnered with the DCWPA to provide quality instruments and instruction books for this initiative.

Piano Performance Certificate Students Recital
Hyounkyoung Kim (from South Korea) and Joshua Myatzaw (from Burma) will perform a joint piano recital on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium, in fulfillment of their certificate requirements. Both are accomplished pianists who will play a variety of classical repertoire. There is no admission fee.

Spring Concert of Worship
This semester’s Spring Concert of Worship will feature the Judson University Choir, various DCWPA ensembles and as a special treat, the award-winning Fox Valley Men of Harmony on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. The Fox Valley Men of Harmony will present a men’s chorus, several quartets and a guest chorus and quartet from Rockford, Ill., performing a tasteful mix of secular and religious a cappella songs. A free-will offering will be taken.

Huntley Brown and Europe Choir Tour Fundraising Concert at First Baptist of Elgin
The Europe Choir, which will tour Europe with the Rev. Huntley Brown this May, will host a fundraising concert on Sunday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Elgin, located at 1735 W. Highland Ave, Elgin, Ill. Brown, the DCWPA Artist-in-Residence, will join the choir in this inspiring concert. A free-will offering will be collected.