A series of Noonday Recitals is held in the spring and fall of each year. Mainly presented in the Hintz Room, the concerts are held on Wednesdays from 12:05 – 12:30 p.m. and feature a wide variety of musicians and musical styles. All of our recital programs are recorded for broadcast locally in the Reading area and published on our website and YouTube channel. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we have new programs available.
2018 Spring Noonday Recital Series
May 2 – Kathy Crusi, soprano
Katherine Aregood-Crusi is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. Ms. Aregood-Crusi has performed as Soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, and Michael Haydn’s Run Ye Shepherds to the Light. She has appeared as soloist on numerous concert series and with the Reading Pops Orchestra for their Valentines Concert and at St. Daniel’s Vespers Service. A frequent soloist with the Welsh Society of Philadelphia, she also lends her talents as substitute Soprano section leader and guest Soprano with churches in the Reading and Philadelphia areas. Some of her many awards include the Pottstown Symphony Young Artist Award, National Semi-finalist in the Sembrich National Vocal Competition, and first, second and third places in State and Regional competitions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Presently Ms. Aregood-Crusi maintains a private vocal studio in Ambler, PA.
May 9 – Jim Derr, organ
James E. Derr began piano lessons in his Eastern Pennsylvania home at the age of 7. Four years later he made the switch to his long love, the organ. By the time he was 13, he was selected as organist for one of the local Lutheran Churches. After high school, he furthered his study at Westminster Choir College where he majored in organ and minored in voice. Among his teachers were George Markey and Alexander McCurdy. After graduation from Westminster additional study was pursued at the Royal School of Church Music in England. Throughout his career, he has served churches as director of music and organist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. Jim was honored to be named organist emeritus upon his retirement from his last position after 23 years of service. In addition, to serving as organ consultant to many churches, he has built additions, and repaired pipe organs throughout his career. He has taught music appreciation at the college level. Former students are now working as musicians in schools and churches throughout the USA. Now, in retirement the Derrs are enjoying Sunday mornings by sitting in the pew, spoiling their seven grandchildren, and traveling.
May 16 – Geert Ruelens, piano
Pianist, Geert Ruelens, graduated in May of 2017 from Temple University with a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. At Temple University, he was a student of Dr. Charles Abramovic. Throughout his graduate studies, Geert was a recipient of a tuition waiver and worked as a teaching assistant in the piano department. Geert graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Music from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he was under the tutelage of Dr. Maria Asteriadou.
A Native of Belgium, Ruelens started his musical journey at the Royal Academy for Music in Berchem, Flanders. At the age of seven, he started organ lessons with Marc Van Driessen and, as a teenager, added piano as a second instrument. After graduating from high school, Geert enrolled at the Royal Conservatory for Music in Antwerp, but then moved to the United States upon being offered a full scholarship to Kutztown University.
Geert is the organist and choir director of both Nativity and St. Paul’s Lutheran churches in Reading, PA. Geert’s membership lies with Nativity, where he also serves on council. Throughout his graduate studies, Geert was the director of a concert series which featured Temple University music students. Geert maintains a very active teaching schedule in the Mainline of Philadelphia as well as at home in Reading. He is also a founding member, board member and accompanist of Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir, and is frequently featured in performances, sometimes as a soloist, but more often in the supporting role of accompanist. When he is not teaching or making music, Geert enjoys exploring the world through travel.
May 18 – Reading Senior High String Ensemble
The string ensemble is an extension of the Reading Senior High Orchestra, comprised of the top string players in the Reading School District. The students rehearse after school and perform for various school and community groups throughout the year. While the scope of the ensemble is to develop musicianship in a chamber orchestra setting, they include a wide array of genres in their performances.
May 23 – Wyomissing Area High School Jazz Ensemble
The Wyomissing Area High School Jazz Ensemble consists of students in grades 8-12 with an interest in learning more about performing the many styles of jazz music. The group performs in school concerts and special events.
Past Artist Performances Now Available On Our YouTube Channel:
Joseph Russell, organ
Kristen Diehl, soprano
Karen Eddinger, organ
The Three Sopranos – Carolann Schneiderhan, Anna Sallade, and Jennifer Michalik
Danny Bishop, cello
Andrew Lutz-Long, organ