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.

 All concerts are accompanied by Children's Chamber Hour - an educational component providing Elementary Age children an opportunity to learn about the concerts we provide.  Childcare also available.



2017-2018 Concert Series

Abilene Chamber Singers
Sunday, September 24, 5pm

The Abilene Chamber Singers were formed in the Spring of 2013 as a sort of "Grand Experi- ment". In January of that year, Clell Wright and Travis Lowery, who would become the Conductor and Assistant Conductor, respectively, discussed creating a new choral ensemble that would fill a niche in the Abilene arts community. The goal was to prepare a concert program of light choral liter- ature to accompany F.J. Haydn's "Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo" (the "Little Organ Mass"). The ensemble was then hand picked from musicians that were known to be able and willing to make a commitment to a high quality level of performance. The "Grand Experiment" was that each mem- ber of the newly formed group would then be expected to learn the literature on his or her own and come together for two rehearsals prior to the inaugural performance on April 21, 2013. The resulting concert was a great success and gained the Abilene Chamber Singers a strong foothold in the local arts community. 

Gerhart Song Sessions:  Daniel Makins

 Sunday, October 29, 5pm - Gerhart Hall


Heavenly Rest presents a new addition to the Chamber Music Concert Series of listener-oriented concerts featuring award-wining songs. At 5:00 p.m. Daniel Makins, husband of our curate Claire Makins, will perform in Gerhart Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Childcare is available and a reception will follow.


Scott Dettra, organ

Sunday, November 12, 5pm



Scott Dettra is one of the leading American concert organists of his generation.  He combines an active performance schedule with his post as Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.  Before coming to Dallas, Mr. Dettra was Principal Organist of Washington National Cathedral.


Mr. Dettra’s playing is known for its poetry, rhythmic intensity and musical elegance, and has been widely acclaimed.  Of his solo recital at the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston, The American Organist described it as “music making of absolute authority and sophisticated expression, one of the week’s high points.”


Recent and upcoming performances include appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, San Diego, Phoenix, Kansas City, Barbados, Canada, and Germany.  Festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  He has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Dettra studied at Manhattan School of Music and Westminster Choir College.



Susetta Rockett, oboe and Friends with Abigail Payne Sanders, piano

Sunday, February 11, 5pm


This concert features music inspired by Susie's recent trips to Prague, London and Paris.  Music for oboe and piano by Pavel Haas, Benjamin Britten and Ravel will showcase some of Susie's fondest memories from her trip.  We hope you will enjoy a trip through Europe and a special guest appearance by the Key City Winds.


Susetta Dunn Rockett has been an active and supportive member of the West Texas music community since 1998.  A frequent recitalist, chamber musician and clinician, she also performs with regional orchestras and is the 2nd oboe/English hornist for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra based in the Dallas area and has been featured on two recordings published by Nexos.  She is a co-founder of the Key City Winds, a professional wind chamber ensemble and they have been named the Artists-in-Residence at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, TX.  


Ms. Rockett completed a Master of Music Degree in Oboe Performance With Distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.  She received a B.A. in Music Performance and Education from Texas Tech University. While attending Texas Tech, Ms. Rockett was also awarded the distinguished Presser Scholarship for outstanding musical achievement.  She is currently an adjunct faculty member at McMurry University, Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University.  Ms. Rockett maintains a very active freelance career throughout the United States and has a successful private studio.  Ms. Rockett’s principle teachers include Wayne Rapier and Amy Anderson.  She and her husband Chris have two young daughters who love the oboe. 



Key City Consortium

Sunday, April 15, 5pm


This will be the first fully collaborative performance featuring the Key City Ensembles.  Members of Key City Brass, Winds and Percussion will explore repertoire that encompasses traditional and unusual chamber groups.  This concert will surly be a delightful event filling our Nave with extraordinary combinations of musicians.  




Tri-collegiate_pic.jpgTri-Collegiate Scholarship and Honors Recital

Thursday, May 10, 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 $3000 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.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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 





NMF Leaders Mtg Thursday, Aug 16 @ 1:00 PM
Bagpipes Thursday, Aug 16 @ 7:00 PM
8 P-AW C-CM A-DT B-AW Sunday, Aug 19 - All Day
P-AW C-CM B-VDT Sunday, Aug 19 - All Day
Holy Eucharist Sunday, Aug 19 @ 8:00 AM

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