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Steven Paul Spears, In Recital

Noted for being “most consistently musical, most clear in diction,” possessing a “stunningly beautiful, edgeless tenor” and for “lustrous singing,” tenor Steven Paul Spears has performed with many arts organizations across the United States and Europe.  Specializing in works of the Baroque and Contemporary Periods, Steven’s recent repertoire includes of works of Rameau, Cavalli, Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, as well as Britten, Stravinsky, Orff and Ullmann.  Of his singing, reviewers have said Steven brought out “one reason why Bach’s vocal melodies have such complex, searching contours; they’re tracing not just musical thoughts, but also the changing weight and implications of the text,” giving a performance “so true to the words” and of a performance of the Roasted Swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana, one critic wrote that it was “riveting…filled with angst and an overabundance of high notes, Spears dramatized the moment with vocal dexterity and polish.”  This year continues with concerts celebrating Bernstein’s centenary, as well performing Britten’s War Requiem in Oklahoma and Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque in Louisville, KY.


Receiving the Master’s Degree in Music from the Juilliard School and the Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Louisville, Steven is in his 14th year of teaching at Lawrence Conservatory in Wisconsin and continues to be a student of Edith Davis Tidwell.


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2018 Spring Celebration

The Children’s Music Ministry Spring Celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 18, at 5:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to attend this final service of our choir year.



We will also be honoring Mary Rapier, who has announced her retirement after over 20 years accompanying the children’s choirs at HPC. In her honor, we will be collecting donations to the Rapier Fund at the Spring Celebration. If you cannot make it to that service but wish to contribute, you can give your donation to Amanda Boyd, Director of Children’s Music Ministry, or drop it by the church office. Be sure to put “Rapier Fund” in the memo line of your check.


Family Overnight and Outdoor Worship 2018

Family Overnight and Outdoor Worship – April 21st and 22nd


Everyone from Highland Presbyterian Church is invited to join us for a family cookout and overnight the night before HPC’s annual outdoor worship service!  The overnight begins April 21st at 2:00 p.m.  We’ll have Saturday evening activities such as gaga ball, soccer, a hayride, and a campfire with s’mores.  Prices below include Saturday dinner and lodging. We’ll stay at Cedar Ridge Camp.  Families can choose to stay in one of 3 locations:

  • Hilltop pavilion at $20 per tent (bathrooms with showers are located a short walk away).
  • Cottage – $12 per person in a large cottage that sleeps 16 total. You would be sharing the one-room cottage with several other people. The bathrooms (including showers) are a short walk away. The Cottage has air conditioning.
  • Lodge – $60 for a 4-person room and $80 for a 6-person room. The Lodge has air conditioning and bathrooms in the same building.


Sunday Worship (April 22nd) will be at 10:00 at the Outdoor Chapel near Hilltop Pavilion.  Even if your family chooses not to come for the overnight, please join us for outdoor worship! Following Worship, we’ll have lunch in Hopkins Hall.  Fellowship Committee will provide grilled hotdogs and hamburgers (and vege-options).  Families are encouraged to bring a side-dish to share.  (If you come to the Family overnight on Saturday, we will have refrigerator space available to store your side dish for Sunday lunch).  Following lunch, we’ll have more outdoor games and canoeing for everyone!


If you plan to come to the family overnight, please let Doodle know and get your money to the church office by April 1st.  Scholarships are available for families who would like to participate and who need the assistance.



Alma Choir Concert


Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1886, Alma College is a place where good things happen for good people. A Phi Beta Kappa institution, with a student body of 1400, Alma College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the United States. Bright, highly motivated students and an expert faculty are drawn together by the mission “to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully and live responsibly as stewards of the world we bequeath to future generations.


Located in the city of Alma, a community of 10,000 in the heart of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Alma College reaches far beyond our Great Lakes region. Many students come to Alma from the cities and towns of Michigan, but their Alma College experience leads them to lives and careers across the United States and around the world.


THE ALMA CHOIR is the primary touring choir in the Alma choral program. The Choir’s reputation for excellence, its many traditions and its ambitious performing, touring and recording schedule attract a group of talented students for whom choral singing is an important part of their lives. The singers all earned a spot in the choir after singing in one of the College’s younger choirs. The majority of the singers are preparing for careers in the sciences, medicine, business and public service, and the common thread that binds them is the joy – emotional, intellectual and spiritual – found in singing together.


Concert tours take the Alma Choir across the United States every winter, and overseas every other May. In 2016 the Choir won three prestigious awards at the Navan Choral Festival in Ireland.  The Choir’s next overseas tour is scheduled for May 2018 when the Choir will travel and sing through Scotland.


The Choir’s tour concert this year will include classic sacred songs, African-American Spirituals, Scottish songs, and


The Bells of Speyer                                          Ludwig Senfl

Organ Fugue                                                   J. S. Bach

Let My Love Be Heard                                     Jake Runestad

Please Stay                                                     Jake Runestad

The Heavens are Telling                                  F. J. Haydn

How Far I’ll Go (from Disney’s MOANA)         Miranda / Brendan Lodge, arr.


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