Sunday, April 27
2:30 p.m. First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

2014 Scholarship winners in concert.

Justin Smith, oboe, $3,000 Chattanooga Music Club Scholarship

Janelle Wigal, French horn, $2,500 Drs. Hilda & Andres Alisago Scholarship

Drew Craig, Tenor, $2,000 Opal Rhea Swaity Scholarship

Joey Shultz, piano, $1,500 Dorothy Cobb Martin Scholarship

Christine Lau, violin, $1,000 Fletcher Bright Strings Scholarship

Austin Ngo, piano, $1,000 Fry Merit Scholarship

2014-2015 officer installation and tea following the concert. State representative Richard Floyd will preside over the installation ceremony.


The Chattanooga-based grassroots operatic group, Artisti Affamati, will be presenting the opera, The Mighty Casey, at historic Engel Stadium April 24 and 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.  Professional local singers, musicians, directors, and and crew are coming together to present William Schuman’s operatic adaptation of the classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat”.

Founder and coordinator Sara Snider Schone said “This show is our latest effort to bring opera off the standard stage and into a space that may attract new audiences.  It’s an accessible and much loved story being presented in a great Chattanooga landmark.”  

Take Me Out to the Opera is the group’s latest project aiming to keep the operatic tradition alive in the Tennessee Valley and as their third full production, ends their first full operatic season.  Kevin Combs, acting operations manager for the group said  “Artisti Affamati's presentation of William Schuman's The Mighty Casey will be a historic event for the Engel Foundation and the music community of Chattanooga. I am privileged to have worked with so many talented local-musicians on this project and am humbled by the generous support of our patrons who keep opera alive in our eclectic city.”

Stage director John Thomas Cecil’s excitement about this project is contagious. “As a child, I used to attend games at Engel Stadium with my grandmother, Ruth Cecil.  She, and I by extension, were huge Lookouts fans. So, I was especially happy to be invited to stage direct this opera when I found out it was being performed in the beloved, historic Engel Stadium.”

This family-friendly event will have a running time of 2 hours and will include full concessions, Buddy Shirk of Summitt Pianos on the ball park organ, Ensemble Theater of Chattanooga performing “Who’s on First”, and the opera itself.  From the baseball enthusiast or historian to the die-hard opera or literature buff this show has something for everyone!

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children. To buy tickets, make donations, or for more information about Artisti Affamati and Take Me Out To the Opera, please visit  Feel free to call or email with any questions: or 423.667.0928


Inspiring Story and Music of Mary Grace Gellakano

Set to play piano on April 25 and 26, Mary Grace Gellakano will impart a message of perseverance.

Native Filipino, Mary Grace Gellakano, 26, was born with a right forearm ending just below the elbow. But through persistence and dedicated practice, she learned to perform intricate compositions, using her left hand and partial right arm.

The abbreviated limb “plays melody while my left hand plays the rest of the chords,” said Gellakano, speaking by phone from her Louisiana home.

Occasionally, my stump bleeds and playing hurts,” she said. But the painful strokes remind her, she said, “of what makes my music unique.”

She was six when her fledgling interest in music lead her grandmother to locate a piano teacher who would work with disabled students, according to Gellakano. She said there was talk of her fitting her with an artificial limb.

“But there were disadvantages,” she said. “With prosthesis, my stump might have shrunk, and I was afraid (of the risk).”

At 15, she had her first solo organ recital and followed suit on the piano the next year, she said. In 1996, she made her inaugural international tour with appearances in Guam, Thailand, and Europe. In 2001, she earned a psychology degree at the University of St. LaSalle in the Phillipines.

Now a missionary with Adopt-a-Minister International, Gellekano concedes that her congenital condition had impaired her ability to perform such manual tasks as cutting meat or opening envelopes. Her participation in activities such as roller skating is precluded with having a foot with only three toes on the right leg that's eight inches shorter than it's counterpart.

But such difficulties needn't deter success, according to Gellekano. She said, “It’s made me a stronger person. My outlook is positive.”

“God has created me this way for a purpose,” she said, “and I’m eager to make every minute of my life count for God.”

On the pianist's program are selections of “classical and religious music,” according to Rita Vital, a publicist for the concert.

“I have heard her and I have bought her recordings,” she said of Gellekano. “She plays beautifully, and her life story is truly inspiring."


Mary Grace can be heard on the following dates:


Friday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Bowman Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church

300 Westview Drive

Cleveland, TN (contact Matthew Shallenberger at 423-472-6231)


April 26, Saturday: 11 AM worship service

East Ridge SDA Church

2165 Dabney Drive

East Ridge, TN 37412

Contact phone: (423) 421-4133


April 26 Saturday: 7:30 PM

Chattanooga First SDA

7450 Standifer Gap Road

Chattanooga, Tn 37412

Contact phone: Vanessa Kepper, (423) 987-6643 Barbara Cochran: (423) 894-8391


April 27, 11:20 AM

Morning Pointe Assisted Living Collegedale Residents

Contact Phone: (423)505-6605 (Rita Vital)

Activities Director Phone: (423)396-6999 (Christy Pope)


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The Chattanooga Music Club presented its fourth annual St. Patrick's Purse fundraiser at Stratton Hall, 3146 S. Broad St., on Monday, March 17, at 6 p.m. 

This annual fundraising event helps the CMC provide $12,000 in music scholarships for local high school seniors and the on-going restoration and maintenance of the Austin Pipe organ installed in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium 

This years fundraiser featured the local talents of the CSO Youth Orchestra and a Celtic group from Dalton, the Ceilidh Band, who performed the main set.

James Mahon from WDEF-Channel 12 acted as emcee. 

A sit down dinner catered by Louella Landreth, assisted by Bruce Clark, as well as a silent auction of donated items from local merchants was also featured.

Sunday, February 2

The Chattanooga Music Club presented in recital Mr. Ethan McGrath, Sunday, February the 2nd, 2014 at Southern Adventist University in the Ackerman Auditorium at 3:00pm
Mr. McGrath was joined by Dr. J. Bruce Ashton, Sarah Tullock, Claudia Ramirez, and Mindy Vanderoef. Featured selections included works by Chopin, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff.

Sunday, January 19

The CMC and MacDowell Music Clubs presented their annual joint concert at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
The concert featured the local talents of Sara Snider Schone, Tim Hinck, Jim Martin, Martha King, Dr. Ann Rylands, Margaret Ann Randolph, Deloris Harvey, Jay Craven, Dr. Bruce Ashton, Dr. Rhonda Benson Ford, Bruce Clark and others. Patrons of the arts enjoyed a variety of musical genres performed on the piano, organ, violin, flute, piccolo, bells, and accordion, along with operatic performances. There was something for everyone!

December 2013

The holiday luncheon was a huge success.
See pictures on the Photo Gallery page.

November 2013

Brett Valliant wowed the audience with his organ skills at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. Voices of Lee and the Metropolitan Bells also provided entertainment. And special thanks to Greg Glover of WRCB-TV for being the emcee.
See more pictures on the Photo Gallery page.

The Chattanooga Symphony Opera Association string quintet presented the October program.


Christy Burns of The Folk School of Chattanooga presented an entertaining and educational program with the Swedish Nykcelharpa and the hammered dulcimer.

CMC members entertained on the piano, also.

See additional photos on the Photo Gallery page.

JULY 2013

The 7th annual patriotic organ concert was held on July 1, 2013 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium and was a well-attended success! Walt Strony entertained and wowed us with his incredible skills on the mighty Austin pipe organ. We were glad to have, as special guests, members of the American Theater Organ Society.

The program was opened with its traditional presentation of colors, salute to active personnel and veterans of all military branches and a performance of the national anthem by Margaret Abernathy.

MAY 2013

Evelyn Petcher, violinist; Joshua Coleman, pianist; John Burton, trumpeter; and Tim Hinck, pianist--all present and former winners of  scholarships from the Chattanooga Music Club-- will perform in concert Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m.,  at the Concord Baptist Church, 7025 E. Brainerd Road.  Assisting will be Charlynne Fry, organist.
Ms. Petcher, a 2006 winner, is a resident of Baltimore.  Formerly a member of both the Annapolis and New World Symphony Orchestras, she teaches violin and promotes the Baltimore Symphony’s outreach program.  She holds music degrees from Covenant College and the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University.

Coleman, a 2013 winner, is currently a Provost Scholar and a pre-med student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  He continues his piano studies at UTC with Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai.
Burton, a 2013 winner, while still a junior in high school, was selected to play for the radio program “From the Top,” performing as trumpet soloist for the NPR 250 station network.  He currently is the principal trumpet with the CSO Senior Youth Orchestra, and will continue his study of music at Baylor University this fall.
Hinck, a 1999 winner, is known both as a pianist and a composer.  His works have been performed in Europe as well as in the U.S.  The ensemble “Dischord” and the piano trio “Tresillo” have showcased his music locally.  He teaches at the Cadek Conservatory.

Ms. Fry teaches piano and voice, and is a member of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Music Teachers Associations.
The program included Puccini’s Nessun from Turandot and Debussy Preludes as well as music by Schubert, Toch, and Michael Buble’.

APRIL 2013

On Sunday, April 21 at 2:30pm, the Chattanooga Music Club held its annual Spring Tea at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
In addition to performances by the recent scholarship winners, new officers were installed.

MARCH 2013



The Chattanooga Music Club presented Dr. Sigrid Luther, piano; Jay Craven, clarinet; Kimberly Keck, soprano; and Kelly Stultz, mezzo soprano, in concert, on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church on McCallie Avenue.  They performed works by Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Henri Duparc, M. Blitzstein, H.H.A. Beach and L. Gottschalk.
Dr. Luther is Professor of Music at Bryan College, Dayton, TN, and is national vice-president of the Music Teachers National Association.  She is a frequent recitalist and piano adjudicator.  Ms. Keck is an Assistant Professor of Music at Bryan College and has performed widely in oratorio and operatic roles.  Ms. Stultz is director of music at First Presbyterian Church.  Jay Craven is well known locally as soloist and music educator.

Dr. Sigrid Luther and Kim Keck



FEBRUARY 28, 2013

The Baldwin Concert Grand Piano donated to the City of Chattanooga by the Chattanooga Music Club for use in the Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre.

Sunday, January 20 was the annual CMC/MacDowell Club joint concert.

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