Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Chamber Music Series





Concert Series


The Heavenly Rest Chamber Music Concert Series is dedicated to providing an artistic venue for the performance of chamber music and solo performers. It is our mission to offer these concerts free of charge to our community. Our concerts are a gift to the congregation and community.







2016-2017 Concert Series

Upcoming Concert

Jolente De Maeyer, violin with Nikolaas Kende, piano

Sunday, March 26, 5pm




Jolente De Maeyer received her first violin lessons at the age of four. When she was 14 years old, Jolente was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. She continued her studies with Natasha Boyarsky at the Royal College of Music in London,  Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.


At the age of 6, Jolente started participating in several national and international competitions. That year she became the youngest ever laureate of the Jong Tenuto Competition and also received First Prizes in the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels. Later on Jolente became a prizewinner in several international competitions like Cardona International Competition in Portugal, International Violin Competition Liana Issakadze in Russia (2004) and the Benjamin Britten International Violin competition in London (2005). She  also became a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.


Jolente performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonnie, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Nuove Musiche, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra. Conductors Jolente has worked with include Philippe Herreweghe, Patrick Davin, Etienne Siebens, Pascale Rophé, Silveer Van den Broeck, Dirk Brossé, James Stobart, Michel Tilkin, Stefaan Fraas, Alexander Chernushenko and Rudolf Werthen.


In 2013 Jolente made her debut in America (Texas) with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Heyde, where she performed Tchaikovsky violin concerto. This was followed by a recital tour with Nikolaas Kende in Texas.


In Belgium Jolente performs regularly in halls like Bozar, Flagey, the Elisabeth Hall, de Singel and the Roma and she participated in festivals such as the Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival de Montpellier and Menton. Furthermore, she has performed in countries such as Russia, France, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, The Netherlands, Spain, as well as in London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.


Since 2003, Jolente has formed a duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende.  Together they formed the Rubensensemble in 2007.


Jolente recorded the 6th Violinconcerto of Henri Vieuxtemps in 2010 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Patrick Davin. This recording received the René Snepvangersprijs from the Belgian Music Press in 2011.


In 2013 Jolente recorded de 2nd Violinconcerto of Saint Saëns with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Christian Arming.




Bernard Scherr, Composition RecitalBernard_Scherr.jpg

Sunday, April 23, 5pm


Head of the HSU Department of Music Theory & Composition and professor of music theory & composition, Dr. Bernard Scherr’s composition catalog includes over 80 works for orchestra, orchestra and chorus, orchestra and soloist, solo voice, chorus, wind ensemble, and various chamber ensembles.


This unique concert will feature Dr. Scherr’s compositions and each work will be a world premiere. This performance will feature many of Dr. Scherr’s colleagues from Hardin-Simmons University including Rob Tucker, horn, Marc Sanders, piano, Karla Ordonez, flute, Chris & Rosie Hollingsworth, voice, David Amlung, trumpet, Clay Johnson, trombone, Jeff Cottrell, tuba, Hye-Jean Choi, organ.



Tri-collegiate_pic.jpgTri-Collegiate Scholarship and Honors Recital

Thursday, May 11, 7pm


The Church of the Heavenly Rest Chamber Music Concert Series will be hosting the Tri-Collegiate Scholarship and Honors Recital again this year to showcase some of our wonderfully talented university music students.  The past three concerts have highlighted some of our finest university talent and have distributed over $2000 in scholarships. 

Please consider a contribution to this year’s Tri-Collegiate Scholarship & Honors Recital.  These students are truly deserving and there is nothing else quite like this available to them here in Abilene.  Feel free to make your contribution in memory of or in thanksgiving for a family member or loved one.


If you have any questions regarding the Tri-Collegiate Scholarship & Honors Recital please feel free to contact us any time (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


 Tri-Collegiate Application



Key City Winds


Key City Winds

Artists-in-residence at Heavenly Rest 





Key City Winds Artists-in-residence at Heavenly Rest

Key City Winds is the premiere professional woodwind chamber ensemble in the Abilene, TX area. We offer a variety of repertoire and instrument combinations, and are available for events, weddings, parties, in-home concerts, formal concerts, etc.



The Key City Winds was formally established by Susetta Rockett (oboe), and Staci Spring (bassoon) in 2012. Based in Abilene, TX, the group provides high quality performances of woodwind chamber music in a variety of combinations and venues. The Key City Winds hosts an impressive roster of musicians that includes many University faculty and professionals.


Community engagement and education are key components of the group's mission. They incorporate regular educational concerts into their performance schedule as artists for the Young Audiences program, as well as providing side-by-side performance opportunities for college-level musicians.


Key City Winds is a sister organization to Key City Brass and Key City Percussion.


For more information or booking, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 817-372-1830 





Morning Prayer Thursday, Aug 17 @ 8:00 AM
Thrift House Meeting Thursday, Aug 17 @ 10:30 AM
Town Hall Meeting Thursday, Aug 17 @ 5:30 PM
Bagpipes Thursday, Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM
Morning Prayer Friday, Aug 18 @ 8:00 AM

August 13, 2017
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