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:

 JoynerHarlos Poster.pdf
William Joyner, tenor with Steve Harlos, piano

Sunday, November 20, 5pm


Over the course of his career, tenor William Joyner has given nearly 550 performances of some 55 different roles, in 12 countries on 3 continents.  He has sung in some of the world’s foremost opera theaters, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Venice’s Gran Teatro la Fenice, Paris’ Opéra National (Bastille), Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper, The Washington National Opera, Miami’s Florida Grand Opera, The New York City Opera, and The Santa Fe Opera.  William Joyner has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Münchener Rundfunkorchester, and has worked with some of the greatest maestri of our time, including Daniel Barenboim, the late Gary Bertini, Bertrand de Billy, John DeMain, Heinz Fricke, the late Armin Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Anne Manson, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, and the late Marcello Viotti.


William Joyner is pleased to announce that he has joined the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music, as Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies.


Steven Harlos made his solo debut at Lincoln Center in 1986, performing the Gershwin Concerto in F. Known for his sensitivity as a collaborative artist, he has performed with many artists of international stature, including Timofei Dokshutzer, Harvey Phillips, Erick Friedman, and Gervase de Peyer. In the popular music field, he has worked with such diverse artists as Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Maureen McGovern and Tommy Tune. As a jazz pianist, he assisted Dick Hyman in the first performances of his ballet Piano Man with the Cleveland Ballet, and subsequently performed the work with the Cleveland Ballet on numerous occasions. He also performed Mr. Hyman's ballet The Bum's Rush, with the American Ballet Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Recent successes in the field of composition include the publication of his Sonata Rubata for flute and piano by Southern Music Company, and the world premiere of his recent compositon benniana, a jazz sonatina for clarinet and piano, in China at the Changchun International Saxophone and Clarinet Festival. An active musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he currently serves as Staff Keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves as Chair for the Division of Keyboard Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton.

227743_546866888657719_1566490455_n_2.jpgKey City Winds

Sunday, January 22, 5pm

Key City Winds is the premiere professional woodwind chamber ensemble in the Abilene, TX area, and is made up of the areas leading professional musicians. They are the Artists-In-Residence at the Church of the Heavenly Rest and are giving their annual concert for the Chamber Concert Series.


The Key City Winds hosts an impressive roster of musicians that includes many University faculty and professionals. They perform a variety of music in the woodwind repertoire and always seek to make programming interesting and applicable to their audience. They have recently commissioned works by local student composers they hope to premiere at their January concert.


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


Brandon_Houghtalen.jpgBrandon Houghtalen, horn

Sunday, February 26, 5pm


Brandon Houghtalen is the Associate Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University.. Additionally, he is the hornist of the Key City Winds woodwind quintet. He previously held conducting positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of New Mexico, and in the public schools of Fayette County, Georgia.


This will be Dr. Houghtalen’s premiere solo recital performance since moving to Abilene. The horn repertoire is especially rich and will be an excellent instrument to feature in the nave at Heavenly Rest.


Dr. Houghtalen holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Tennessee, University of Colorado, and Arizona State University


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




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 





ARCADA Meeting Monday, Feb 27 @ 4:00 PM
Education for Ministry Monday, Feb 27 @ 5:15 PM
Hands On Outreach Tuesday, Feb 28 @ 9:30 AM
Contemplative Prayer Group Tuesday, Feb 28 @ 4:00 PM
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