Featured Musicians - Lakewood Congregational Church

The Festival Arts Series incorporates guest performances into Sunday services and offers performances to the community. Featured performances are made possible through the generosity of donors to the Festival Arts Series.

Featured Musicians

CityMusic Cleveland  Lakewood Congregational Church is proud to host performances by CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra (www.citymusiccleveland.org).  CityMusic aligns with LCC’s mission of bringing great musical works to the community. The orchestra consists of musicians from Cleveland and surrounding areas and features world class soloists and conductors from all over the world.  The concerts are free and open to the public and have the mission to present great classical music to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend such concerts. Since exploding onto the scene in 2004, CityMusic Cleveland has won cheering audiences with beautiful music, brilliantly performed in familiar neighborhood settings.

The Jack Schantz Quartet  The Jack Schantz Quartet delivers a fresh and exciting new take on traditional hymns and spiritual music. Since 1997, the Jack Schantz Quartet has performed their original renditions of songs from the church. Says Schantz: “There’s nothing new about jazz musicians borrowing from the great tradition of hymns, spirituals, and gospel tunes for their inspiration. These tunes had a message – they had a story to tell. I like to think of jazz musicians as modern-day storytellers. Jesus was the greatest of all storytellers through stories and parables. I believe the language of music is very similar to the language of parables. I love to tell these stories.”

The Greater Cleveland Flute Society  The Greater Cleveland Flute Society seeks to further the interest of flute through performance and education. GCFS performs during worship at Lakewood Congregational Church 1-2 times per year.

Mary Beth Ions  Violinist Mary Beth Ions plays in the Opera Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Trinity Cathedral Orchestra, RED {an orchestra}, and Playhouse Square productions of touring Broadway shows, such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific.

Nathan Medley  Nathan Medley is an emerging, new-generation American countertenor, equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, performing repertoire ranging from early and baroque music to contemporary. In 2008, Medley became a Presser Scholar and began a study of pedagogical approaches to the countertenor voice type and 20thcentury countertenor repertoire. He has appeared in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Dame Emma Kirkby, and Ellen Hargis, and in 2009 received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in voice and historical performance. Nathan is also an active teacher with students of all ages and skill levels. He is an adjunct professor of voice at Marian University and also teaches at the University of Indianapolis. He can be heard singing weekly with the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis.

David Ellis  A conductor, cellist, and viola da gambist, David Ellis has performed repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary. He received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Cello performance, a Master’s of Music degree in Historical Performance, and a Master’s of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting, all from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. As a viola da gambist and baroque cellist, David has performed in many ensembles in Ohio and throughout the United States, including The Bach Project, Apollo’s Fire, Burning River Baroque, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.