Festival Concert Series

Kelly Hale, organ

Tony Patterson, piano
"Keyboard Extravaganza"
March 17, 2007
First United Methodist Church
Port Huron, MI

Kelly Hale is Professor of Opera and Coaching at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.   At CCM since 1976, he has coached, conducted, and/or staged nearly 100 opera productions.  He has also been active professionally as an organist,  conductor, and accompanist, which roles have led him to perform in many parts of the world...from Abu Dhabi to New Zealand. 

Since 1979, he has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View (Michigan) Music Festival, performing in over 300 concerts and serving as Assembly Organist since 1991.  He has also concertized in other Michigan venues, as well as toured in many other states and across the Caribbean.

Dr. Hale’s experience in church music dates from his early years as an organist in his Oklahoma hometown:  in 2005, he celebrated 50 years as a church musician.  His interest in improvization has led to composition, arranging, and publishing via his own enterprise, Asterheim Press, Ink.  His major work, “An American Hymn Tune Requiem” has been performed in Ohio and Michigan. 

He has led organ tours to Europe and the U.K., playing recitals in a number of cathedrals and major parish churches.  Dr. Hale is currently Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and Holy Trinity in Wyoming, a north Cincinnati suburb.

Anthony Patterson holds the position of Artist-in-Residence at Alma College.  One of the great pianists who is equally at home in the classical and popular music worlds, Tony performs as a soloist and collaborative musician countless times each year.  As a coach/accompanist he performs regularly with other professional musicians, and he accompanies Alma students in their recitals and public performances.

A noted composer, Tony has released two CD recordings of his original piano compositions and he has written and arranged many songs for the Alma Choirs.  His choral arrangements can be heard on several of the Alma Choir CDs.

For  twenty years Tony has been a member of the artist faculty at the Bay View Festival in northern Michigan where he has served as the Music Director for the renowned Bay View Opera.

Tony made his solo debut at the age of eight playing the Mozart Piano Concerto #29.  A graduate of Ohio University, where he studied with Professor Richard Syracuse, Tony has won or been a  finalist in a number of prestigious piano competitions including the Ohio and national Federation of Music Clubs competition.

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