Dogwood 2017 Music Performances

All performances take place in the Church Sanctuary, and are free and open to all!

Fri., May 12

2:00 PM    Piano Duets, Sandra Murphy & Rita Lapcevic

Sat., May 13

10:00 AM  The School of Rock ‘House Band’

1:00 PM    Greenfield Hill Chancel Choir, Sandra Murphy, director

3:30 PM    The Conn Artists, Men’s a cappella group

Sun., May 14

2:00 PM    Pivot Ministries Men’s Choir, DeWitt Harmon, director   

Scroll down to learn more about each performer! 

Rita Lapcevic and Sandra Shaw Murphy formed a duo-piano team upon returning to Fairfield County in their post-college years. Their musical collaboration spans almost 45 years beginning with joining the Silvermine Duo-Pianists which Sandra’s mother, Juliet Shaw directed for over 50 years. They have been heard throughout Connecticut and Westchester and are known for presenting creative, diversified concerts. In addition to performing with the Silvermine Duo-Pianists, they are a yearly attraction at the Dogwood Festival in the Town of Fairfield, and they are active members of the Schubert Club of Fairfield County Duo-Pianists.

Sandra is the Music Director of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield as well as Director of Silvermine School of Music where she also teaches children and adults and coaches ensemble performances.

Rita is the director of the contemporary and cherub choirs at St. Catherine’s Church in Riverside as well as the music director of St. Catherine’s Players presenting annual major productions. She has her own private studio in Riverside.

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 ConnArtists2007lpg[1]The Conn Artists is a highly acclaimed seven-member men’s a cappella singing group based out of Fairfield, Connecticut. Pinning The Conn Artists to a single musical genre isn’t possible — they obstinately refuse to be classified as belonging to any one vocal style. They bristle at being labeled either “Doo-wop” or “Barbershop.”

“It’s not that we have anything against those styles,” says business manager Dave Callahan, “in fact we have a couple of killer doo-wop tunes in our core repertoire, but our goal is to master the large variety of musical styles that can be performed a cappella. Whether we’re singing ‘Gloria’ (the doo-wop classic), a Sting or Doobie Brothers song, a folk ballad, or the seven-part ‘Ave Maria’, we want our audience to say Whoa, now THAT was great!

In fact, the group’s repertoire is surprisingly diverse. They move with ease from Duke Ellington to madrigals to a haunting folk-ballad arrangement of seventies hit “Billy Don’t Be a Hero.”

“Our goal is to create true musical excitement through great vocal blend, dynamics, and lyrical phrasing,” says musical director Michael Costantino. “Often that means defying an audience’s pre-conceived notions of a cappella.”

Another surprising fact about The Conn Artists is that none of them is a professional musician. In fact, their list of occupations has a decidedly non-musical ring to it — from attorney to financial planner to orthodontist. But they all have backgrounds in a cappella music, having sung with top collegiate groups, including the Princeton Nassoons, Amherst Zumbyes, Williams Octet, Trinity BMOC, and the New Hampshire Gentlemen (UNH). They’ve even placed second in the New York regionals of the national a cappella competition Harmony Sweepstakes. The Conn Artists are a favorite of music-lovers throughout the region… probably because each of their concerts features amazing a cappella music, plus a unique injection of comedy and satire that their audiences have come to expect.

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The Greenfield Hill Church Chancel Choir: Twenty-five members of the Greenfield Hill Chancel Choir rehearse regularly throughout the church year and sing at most of the church services.  They will present a varied musical program.

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The School of Rock ‘House Band’ is an audition-based band made up of talented musicians and singers from Fairfield’s own ‘School of Rock’.  These kids love to play!! You’ll delight in their energy!

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Pivot Choir

Pivot Ministries Men’s Choir
Founded in 1970 by the Rev. Alonzo Smalls, Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Clemmons, Sr. and Rev. Henry Yordon, Pivot Ministries is a Christ-centered, Bible-based treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction. With residential facilities in Bridgeport and Norwalk, men suffering from addiction commit their lives to Christ and receive the support and care only He can provide.

Church members witness the profound impact Christ has had on these men by periodically preparing and sharing meals with the men and attending their worship service. In addition, the Pivot Men’s Choir shares its unique spiritual gift through song