Advent Organ Recitals & Concerts

This is a free concert series held on Mondays during Advent, 6:30-7:15 with a reception following.

DECEMBER 2 - 6:30pm
Dr. Julia Brown

Director of Music and Organist
at Mayflower Congregational Church

Dr. Julia Brown is Director of Music and Organist at Mayflower Congregational Church, having relocated from Eugene, Oregon to Michigan in 2018. 

Julia’s many recordings with Naxos, including works of W. F. Bach, J. S. Bach, Buxtehude and Scheidemann, have gained high critical acclaim. Reviews hail her as an “unquestionably first-class artist and superb technician… exceptionally sensitive”, “the playing…projects a warmly musical personality.” 

In demand as a historical keyboardist and collaborative artist, Ms. Brown’s performances include chamber music, orchestral repertoire, and continuo playing in addition to solo recitals.  Brown has appeared in concert in North and South America and in Europe, having performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Chico Bach Festival, American Guild of Organists Regional and National Conventions, Organ Historical Society Conventions, Latin American Organist Conventions, and National Public Radio. She has performed with such eminent conductors as Giancarlo Guerrero, Matthew Halls, Marcelo Leninger and Anton Armstrong. 

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Julia studied piano, harpsichord and organ in her native Brazil before receiving her MM and DMA from Northwestern University as a student of Wolfgang Rübsam. 

Upcoming engagements include a harpsichord concert in Portland, Oregon for the Western Early Keyboard Association, and an organ concert on the Taylor & Boody at Holy Cross Chapel, Worchester, MA.

DECEMBER 9 - 6:30pm
Elizabeth West

Dr. Elizabeth West serves as an assistant organist at both La Grave Avenue CRC and Community Church of Douglas, following 11 years as organist at Trinity Lutheran Church. She has taught organ and theory at Cornerstone University and theory at Hope College.

This spring, she will be interim organ instructor at Hope and will continue her work as a staff accompanist there. In addition, she teaches private organ students aged 15 to 94.

Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. She resides in Holland with her husband and son.

DECEMBER 12 - 7:30pm Embellish Handbells

West Michigan's Premier Handbell Ensemble

Embellish Handbells, West Michigan’s premiere handbell ensemble, returns to Mayflower for their holiday concert. 

The ensemble was founded in the fall of 1995 to be a professional level group that provides a high quality musical experience for diverse audiences through performance and teaching the art of handbell ringing.

DECEMBER 15 - 10:30am
Festival of Carols

Featuring members of the Grand Rapids Symphony
and Mayflower's Chancel Choir

Scott Bosscher
Conductor, Director of Chancel Choir

Mayflower Chancel Choir and members of the Grand Rapids Symphony join forces on the third Sunday of Advent to present a Festival of Carols for the season, arranged by John Rutter. 

Scott Bosscher, Director of Chancel Choir

DECEMBER 16 - 6:30pm
Rhonda Sider Edgington

Rhonda Sider Edgington is an eclectic musician, with strengths and interests lying in several diverse areas.

Through her studies in Bremen, Germany, with Harald Vogel and experience on historic organs in the region, she has acquired an extensive repertoire from Scheidt to CPE Bach.

An avid chamber musician, Rhonda has appeared in concerts playing piano, harpsichord and organ in combinations ranging from piano trios and Lieder accompaniments, to organ and brass. Rhonda has played concerts in northern Europe, throughout the United States. She has worked as a church musician since her student days. She has worked as Assistant Professor at Concordia University, River Forest, and Interim Professor of Organ at Houghton College, In New York state.

She currently is organist at Hope Church in Holland.

DECEMBER 23 - 6:30pm
Axelle Pringalle Pelfrêne, alto
Julia Brown, organ