Michael Hey

CONCERT ORGANIST

Sunday, October 23, 2:00pm

Described as "flashy" and "exciting" (The American Organist), concert organist Michael Hey has been increasingly visible
on U.S. and international concert stages. Michael has performed solo organ recitals at Lincoln Center (New York), the
Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and Davies Hall (San Francisco). He graduated in
2014 from The Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in organ
performance under Paul Jacobs. Within one year of his graduation, he was appointed Associate Director of Music and
Organist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where one of his first major tasks was to play organ for Vespers and
Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Madison Square Garden for the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis. In September 2017,
Michael received first prize in the First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition. In 2019, he
performed solo recitals for the NYCAGO and two regional conventions for the American Guild of Organists. He also
performs duo recitals with violinist Christiana Liberis.

Adrian Walker 

CONCERTMASTER

Sun, Oct. 30, 10:30am: Missa Brevis in C, K317, "Coronation", W.A. Mozart

Wed, Nov. 2, 6:30pm: Requiem, Op. 9, Maurice Duruflé

Adrian Walker brings a wealth of experience to Chamber Music Society
of St. Louis, both as a teacher and performer. He has taught in the
school districts of Kirkwood, Parkway, University City, and Ferguson-
Florissant. He directed the string program at Most Holy Trinity Catholic
School and Academy and Blossom Wood Day School. Adrian served on
the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp, Strings in the Mountains
Music Festival, Southeast Missouri State University and as an instructor
at the University of Missouri Rolla, Saint Louis Symphony Community
Music School, Mozingo Music, Music and Arts, Dayspring School of the
Arts, and First String Violin Academy. He teaches and conducts the
orchestra at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School and
has served as conductor of the Cameron Youth Chamber Orchestra.
As a violinist, Adrian serves as concertmaster for the Fox Theater
Orchestra. Other concertmaster positions include the Ballet Orchestra
of St. Louis, the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Saint Louis Philharmonic,
Masterworks Chorale Orchestra, the Belleville Philharmonic, the
University City Symphony, and the Gateway Festival Orchestra. He has
also performed as a replacement violinist with the Saint Louis
Symphony orchestra, after completing the New York Philharmonic
Fellowship Program with SLSO. He toured nationally with the Broadway
show An American in Paris. Adrian received his B.M. Degree in violin
Performance from the Eastman School of Music and attended Southern
Illinois University Edwardsville for graduate courses.

The Kingsbury Ensemble

Saturday, Oct. 29, 3:00pm

The Kingsbury Ensemble is one of the Midwest's premier professional early music groups. Formed in 1999 under the artistic direction of Maryse Carlin, the Ensemble performs exclusively on period instruments.

Photo courtesy of Erin Delaplain 2021

Festival Choir

Sun, Oct. 30, 10:30am: Missa Brevis in C, K317, "Coronation", W.A. Mozart

Tue, Nov. 1, 6:30pm: Missa Sanctorum Meritis, G.P. da Palestrina

Wed, Nov. 2, 6:30pm: Requiem, Op. 9, Maurice Duruflé

The St. Francis de Sales Oratory Festival Choir was formed in 2020 to provide the opportunity for volunteer church, high school, and collegiate choir members to sing for select masterworks for the glory of God throughout the year at St. Francis de Sales oratory in St. Louis. Upon foundation of the Christ the King Music Festival in 2021, the Festival Choir's purpose grew to include festivity, fellowship, and recreation, while always remaining centered on the adornment of the Roman Rite of the Catholic liturgy.    

Hannah Serafino

ALTO SOLOIST

Sun, Oct. 30, 10:30am: Missa Brevis in C Major, "Coronation", K317, W.A. Mozart

Hannah Serafino holds a Master of Musicology degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Specializing in music of the Romantic Era, she is an accomplished violinist after receiving a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri—St. Louis while studying with Julia Sakharova. She has played with several orchestras, most notable being the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra while studying with Dana Myers. Hannah is an alumna of East Central College, graduating with an Associate of Fine Arts in violin and piano studies, and achieving the Outstanding Music Student Award in 2015. Hannah has sung in church and college choirs, and enjoys singing polyphony in chamber ensembles. She has been teaching violin and piano for over 5 years and has been teaching music classes at ECC’s locations in Union and in Rolla since 2021.

Daniel Griffin

BASS SOLOIST

Sun, Oct. 30, 10:30am: Missa Brevis in C Major, "Coronation", K317, W.A. Mozart

Danny Griffin is a rather new singer to the St. Louis area, just beginning his solo career about a year ago. Danny spent two years studying at Webster University where he performed in their "Winter Opera Scenes." Previously, Danny has sang with Webster University Chorale, Webster University Chamber Singers, as well as the St. Francis de Sales festival choir.  His past solo highlights include the role of Javert in Les Miserables, singing with the chorus for the Saint Louis Symphonies Orchestras live music performance of the Home Alone Soundtrack, and performing the bass solo for Mozart's "Missa Brevis in C" ("Spatzenmesse") KV 220. 

 

Photo courtesy of Cameron McCarty Photography, 2022.

Abbé Raymond Schmidt

GREGORIAN CHANT DIRECTOR

Abbé Raymond Schmidt has been a focused and multifaceted musician from his youth; singing and playing in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. He studied voice and sang under the direction of Carla Dul and Shelly Bitner while also studying string bass and performing several of Mozart's masses with the Wausau Conservatory of Music and his parish choir at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin. Since joining the Institute of Christ the King in 2016, he has been able to study organ with Richard Hoskins and vastly further his pre-existing studies of Gregorian Chant and other forms of sacred choral music. Abbe Raymond has studied Chironomy and Gregorian Organ Accompaniment with Father Bachmann of Clear Creek Abbey and currently serves the Institute as a teacher of the Solemnes Method of Gregorian Chant and specializes in the interpretations of Dom Joseph Gajard. 

JAMES MARCK

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Since 2016, James Marck has served as a music director for the Institute of Christ the King in the United States, first at St. Mary's Oratory in Rockford, Illinois, and currently at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis. In 2011, he established the Peoria Diocese affiliate of American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official youth choral organization of the Roman Catholic Church, taking this choir to perform Masses and concerts during the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Vatican City and Assisi in 2015. Mr. Marck's first conducting of the Maurice Duruflé Requiem Op. 9 with the Court Street United Methodist Chancel Choir won acceptance into the Manhattan Concert Productions' June 2017 performance of the Requiem on the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, NYC, during which time Mr. Marck, along with music directors from across the nation, received in-depth insights into the rhythmic interpretation of the Requiem under the guidance of Dr. Alan Raines. Mr. Marck currently serves on the board of directors for the Nielsen Chorale, and directs the De Sales Private Studio in Piano, Organ, and Voice. He received his B.M. in Music Composition from Bradley University and his M.M. in Music Composition from Northern Illinois University.