“The Arts at St. Matthew” Concert Series Continues with September 1 Organ Recital

“Let Everything that Breathes Praise the Lord: A Celebration of Hymnody”

Donna Burkholder Organ Recital

September 1 at St. Matthew

Building upon the Martinsburg community’s enthusiastic response to our “Songs of the Civil War” event in June, St. Matthew is pleased to present another concert as part of The Arts at St. Matthew Concert Series. “Let Everything that Breathes Praise the Lord: A Celebration of Hymnody” will be held at St. Matthew on Sunday, September 1 at 3 pm and will feature the musical gifts of organist Donna (Ake) Burkholder.

Donna, a native of Martinsburg, graduated from Susquehanna University (1967) with a degree in music education and emphasis on organ. She received a Masters in Elementary Education from Penn State University. Additional music study has occurred at Westminster Choir College (Princeton), Penn State University and Duquesne. During her educational career she taught elementary music in Lower Dauphin School District and middle school music at Ephrata Area School District. She retired in 2009 from public music education after 23 years at Conestoga Valley Middle School (Lancaster County).

Donna began playing organ in high school at the Church of God in Roaring Spring. Since then she has served as organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lititz; Director of Music at Bergstrasse Lutheran, Ephrata and has just completed 25 years as Music Director at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lancaster. At St. Peter’s, she directs two adult choirs, four children’s choirs and three handbell choirs, as well as supervising the music program and directing a concert series. Professionally she has been a PTA president, school board director, an officer in the Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 and Dean of the Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She has two grown children: Dara Burkholder Morales, violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and John Burkholder, Territory Manager for POS Professional Office Services; and six grandchildren. She lives in Ephrata.

The event takes its name from verse 6 of Psalm 150 and will feature a wide variety of sacred organ music, including compositions by Baroque-era notables like J.S. Bach as well as works by contemporary composers. The musical selections will be framed by readings from the Bible and will offer several opportunities for the assembly to sing along as well.

The event is open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected and will benefit the St. Matthew Building Fund and our efforts to revitalize Fellowship Hall.