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Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer); Cincinnati Bach Ensemble 2014-15 season at St. Thomas; Choristers at the Capitol; Open Door’s Christmas wreath sale; Looking Anew at Christianity with John Shelby Spong; Music at St. Mary’s concert series; Help wanted; Congregations and communities in transition

Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer)

Snapshots from Camp BYOC

Snapshots from Camp BYOC

St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, in partnership with CDM Computers of Cincinnati, held its first Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer) in July. With nine students between the ages of 11 and 14, the class completed a program to build their own computer while learning the science of how hardware and software interact and integrate. The students now have a new computer that they built and knowledge of how and why it works. The class was held at CDM Computers in the Tri-County area of Cincinnati.

The students were highly energized and participative each day as they journeyed into a different aspect of hardware and/or software. “The goal was two weeks of practical learning using a format that was fun, entertaining and educational,” said Robin Walker, president of CDM Computers. “We achieved that goal and many of the students expressed interest in coming back next year. Many companies supported this initiative participating as teachers and guest speakers sharing knowledge and insights.”

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb, rector of St. Simon of Cyrene, was pleased with the new initiative. “BYOC 2014 was a camp that provided an outlet for young boys and girls to explore technology in a way that gave them hands-on experience. While all of them had diverse skills about the operation of a computer, they were introduced to the functioning of each component part and the assembly of these component parts to make a computer work efficiently. It was the excitement, creativity, curiosity and accomplishment of each youth that made the program transformative and equipped them with a life skill.

“St. Simon of Cyrene and the Diocese of Southern Ohio endorsed the vision of BYOC because it spoke with clarity to a generation immersed in the technological/ knowledge age and made them more proficient in the understanding of a tool they use daily, he added. “Thanks to Robin Walker and CDM Computers for this vision and for inviting us to be an integral part.”

Student Alex Rodriguez said, “I never dreamed that I would ever build my own computer, but I did! My experience at computer camp this summer was a fantastic experience. I hope that in the future other students will have the opportunity to build their own computers and have fun in Computer Camp like I did. Computers are part of the world we live in and we need to learn as much as we can about them so that we can to be successful in the technological age.”

~ submitted by Robin Walker

Cincinnati Bach Ensemble 2014-15 season at St. Thomas

The 2014-2015 season of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble at St. Thomas, Terrace Park will feature performances of eight cantatas of J. S. Bach, a world premiere, a new Abendmusik Concert series, and collaborations and guest appearances of three different area ensembles.

The Bach Vespers series will have seven services with performances of eight different cantatas. Highlights include Bach’s well known Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140; an advent service with Cantata 61 and Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso; a February collaboration with the Cincinnati Camerata and Director Brett Scott; and in April a special service in the St. Thomas Parish Hall featuring the combined choirs of St. Thomas and Christ Church Cathedral. During Lent, the Cincinnati Bach Choir will sing the great motet Jesu, meinde Freude  in a service that is part of the Cincinnati Bach Festival.

The new Abendmusik (Evening Music) Concert series will feature five special programs: a Voice Recital by soprano YoonGeong Lee; a season-opening concert at St. Boniface Church; a lunchtime program as part of Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series; the annual candlelight concert by the Catacoustic Consort, an event not to be missed; and a performance of Arvo Pärt’s haunting Passio  by the CBE and Cincinnati Camerata.

For complete details of the season, please visit


Bach Vespers for Advent
Sunday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble & Choir
Carlton Monroe, conductor
Corelli: Concerto Grosso in g minor, “Christmas”
Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

Bach Vespers for Epiphany
Sunday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m.
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble & the Schola Cantorum of St. Thomas
Carlton Monroe, conductor
Bach: Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange? BWV 155, Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158

Bach Vespers
Sunday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble & the Cincinnati Camerata
Brett Scott, conductor
Bach: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3

Bach Vespers for Lent
Sunday, March 8, 6 p.m.
The Cincinnati Bach Choir
Carlton Monroe, conductor
Bach: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Bach Vespers for Easter
Sunday, Apr. 26, 6 p.m.
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, the St. Thomas Parish Choir & Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Carlton Monroe, conductor
Schütz: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 426
Bach: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 100

Bach Vespers
Sunday, May 10, 6 p.m.
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble & the St. Thomas Parish Choir Carlton Monroe, conductor
Bach: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51
“Pew: world premiere cantata

~ submitted by Jonathan Cooper

Choristers at the capitol

Choristers from St. Thomas, Terrace Park, in front of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Choristers from St. Thomas, Terrace Park, in front of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

The St. Thomas, Terrace Park, Parish Choir and Choristers completed a successful choral residency in Washington, D.C. at the National Cathedral over the July 4th weekend. The choir, which numbered 36 singers and included children, teens and adults, sang Choral Eucharist and Evensong on July 6, followed by Choral Evensong on July 7.

Repertoire included music by C. V. Stanford, Richard Proulx, Thomas Tallis, Stephen Paulus and Craig Phillips. The choir also performed new works by St. Thomas’ Composer-in-Residence, Douglas Pew, who traveled with the choir. These included his St. Thomas Service for Evensong, and the anthem For I Was An Hungered.

When they weren’t singing, the choir toured the Mall, the Smithsonian Museums and the Spy Museum, and enjoyed an evening dinner cruise on the Potomac. At the conclusion of the trip, Director of Music Carlton Monroe announced that the choir has been chosen for its first international residency at Bristol Cathedral (U.K.) in August 2016.

 ~ submitted by Jonathan Cooper


Open Door’s Christmas wreath sale

Church of the Advent’s Open Door Ministry is selling Christmas wreaths to support its outreach program. Open Door operates a food pantry and a payee program for persons in Greater Cincinnati who struggle with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse. Open Door, as payee, receives clients’ disability checks, pays their bills, and budgets their spending money and savings. Open Door staff and volunteers are like family to many of the clients, some of whom no longer have contact with loved ones due to their disabilities: schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, mental retardation and addiction to drugs/alcohol. The wreath sale enables Open Door to purchase a Christmas gift for each of their 80 clients. For many of them, it will be the only gift they receive.

We are offering 2 wreaths: 22” noble fir/mixed evergreens (includes faux holly berries & a prettied, checker bow for $44. The same wreath is also available in 28” with a pre-tied red and gold Christmas tree bow for $51. Both prices include postage for direct shipping. Many other products are also available.

For pictures, order forms or further information, contact Nancy McFadden or Evelyn Foulkes at Open Door, weekdays until 3:30 p.m. at 513.961.2259, or by fax at 513.961.2101, or by email at We must receive checks and orders by Friday, November 7. Please tell family & friends about these great gift items, and be sure to get one for yourself!



Music at St. Mary’s concert series

Music At St. Mary’s is a concert series presented to the Hillsboro community by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The series second season will kick off on Oct. 19 with the return of James McLaughlin, former Hillsboro resident and now of Zanesville, who will present his second annual Hillsboro Organ Recital. Joining McLaughlin on this recital will be John Glaze, organist of St. Mary’s, and Jennie Harner, who will perform on flute.

On Nov. 23, Collegium Musicum and My Musical Friends from Wilmington College will present a program of early music. On Dec. 7, Southern State Community College’s Southern State Singers will return to St. Mary’s and present their 16th annual Christmas concert, and on Dec. 21, “A St. Mary’s Christmas” will feature musicians of St. Mary’s presenting a concert of Christmas music.

After a short winter hiatus, St. Mary’s musicians will present a Lenten Concert on March 15. And on March 29, we are very excited to present The Adagio Trio, with members from Cincinnati and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Playing flute, cello and harp, the trio, which was founded in 1985, presents selections of Celtic tunes, old hymn and folk tunes, as well as light classics, arranged specifically for them.

On April 12, we will welcome the Cincinnati Boychoir, a well known group who debuted in 1965. The group reaches approximately 200 young men and performs some 40 concerts a year. Southern State Singers returns to present their Spring Concert on April 26 and then, closing the concert season, Hillsboro High School Symphonic Choir will return on May 17.

Music at St. Mary’s concerts are presented without admission charge and are supported solely by donations received at the concerts and from Friends of Music at St. Mary’s.

The full list of concerts:

Oct. 19, 3 p.m.  – Organ recital by James McLaughlin
Nov. 23, 3 p.m.  – A Concert of Early Music by Collegium Musicum and My Musical Friends
Dec. 7, 2 p.m.  – 16th annual Christmas Concert by Southern State Singers
Dec. 21, 2 p.m.  – A St. Mary’s Christmas
Mar. 15, 2 p.m.  – Lenten Concert
Mar. 29, 3 p.m.  – The Adagio Trio
Apr. 12, 3 p.m.  – Cincinnati Boychoir
Apr. 26, 2 p.m.  – 16th annual Spring Concert by Southern State Singers
May 17, 7 p.m.  – Spring Choral Festival Concert by Hillsboro High School Symphonic Choir

Brochures of the series are available from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. To request a brochure or an answer to a question, contact John Glaze at

~ submitted by John Glaze

Help wanted

Organist/Music Director
St. Paul’s, Dayton, is seeking applications for organist and/or Music Director.  St. Paul’s has a long history of supporting an elite level church music program in the Miami Valley with adult, youth and bell choirs. We are looking for an energetic and collaborative leader who can bring our program back to the level our community has been accustomed to. We are awaiting the arrival of a new console built by the Cornel Zimmer Organ co. that will drive the 33 rank 1957 Austin pipe organ.
Candidates should send resumes and contact information to Randy Young at or call him at 937.271.3150
Staff Accountant (part-time)

St. Thomas, Terrace Parks, seeks a staff accountant (20-24 hrs/week) to serve the church and its direct subsidiary ministries by providing responsibility for all financial facets and transactions of the parish and the respective reports.  This includes but is not limited to maintaining financial records, handling accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing financial reports for the parish and assisting the Rector, staff, finance committee and parishioners with all fiscal related matters and membership records. Incumbent supervises volunteers who assist in performing money counting.This position is hired by and is accountable to the Rector. Resumes should be sent to the Rev. Darren Elin at by Oct. 15. See full position description

Youth Director (part-time)

St.Barnabas, Montgomery, is seeking a part-time Youth Director to provide leadership to an active group of young teens. With a strong volunteer base, this leader would be asked to organize and oversee monthly social and outreach activities while building relationships among the youth.

Experience in developing youth activities is a plus. If interested, please email your resume or questions to the Rev. Nancy Turner Jones at


Congregations and communities in transition

Church of the Advent, Walnut Hills
Community of the Transfiguration, Cincinnati
Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster (Epiphany, Mechanicsburg and Our Savior, Urbana)
Good Shepherd, Athens (Ohio University campus)
St Anne’s, West Chester
St James, Piqua
St Paul’s, Dayton
St Paul’s, Greenville
St Philip’s, Columbus
St Stephen’s, Columbus (OSU Campus)