First Friday Concert Series

First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church:


The creation, performance, and appreciation of music have a rich history in Silverton and at the Methodist church here.  In 2015, it seemed to longtime church member Christopher Wicks that the time was ripe to enhance the cultural life of the parish, the town, and the area with a concert series which would welcome performers from throughout the region, and audience according to whatever they wished to pay.  With cooperation from then-Pastor Teresa Salyer, and fellow founding committee members Lois Drake and Emily Flanagan, the series began, to take place on the first Friday of every other month.  This was to coincide with the festival ambiance of other artistic events in Silverton at that time.  After a while, plans were revised to have the concerts take place monthly.

We are not currently soliciting donations for any general fund for the series, but we do ask for donations concert-by-concert, which go directly to the featured performers.

Beginning in June 2020, the concerts, which have always taken place at seven p.m., needed to be changed to an online, virtual format because of COVID-19 precautions.  We are still working out details in terms of formats and functions, but we have programming!

JUNE 5, 2020 – Stephanie Barth, violinist

Stephanie is the concertmaster of the Salem Philharmonia, and runs a thriving studio.  Her program will focus on a series of Etudes-Caprices by living composer Amy Barlowe.

JULY 3, 2020 – Andrew White, baritone

Andrew White is a full professor of voice at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  He plans to sing the premiere of a cycle of French sonnets written by the series’ founder, Christopher Wicks.

AUGUST 7, 2020 – John Collison, piano and vocals

Mr. Collison, musician at First United Methodist Church in Corvallis, regaled us last year with a lively program encapsulating his career as a performer and entertainer in a variety of styles and venues.  We are expecting the best!

SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 – Mario Diaz, guitar

Mr. Diaz, professor of guitar at Portland State, former member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet, and versatile artist of many genres and styles, graces us with his music.  Mario holds an advanced degree in performance from the San Francisco Conservatory.

OCTOBER 2, 2020 – Katherine Couch, cello

Katherine holds a master’s in cello pedagogy from the conservatory in Munich, Germany, and is richly acquainted with the rich heritage of unaccompanied music for her instrument.  We are sure to hear masterful music masterfully played.

NOVEMBER 6, 2020 – Sandy Duffy Norman, flute

Sandy Duffy Norman has been a longtime lynchpin of the flute-teaching community in the Willamette Valley, but she shines as a performer in her own right.  Repertory to be announced.

Keep watching this space for further announcements!

Here is a list of the soloists and ensembles which have graced our chancel area with their musical gifts in the past:

  1. November 2015 – Violinist Stephanie Barth with pianist Christopher Wicks. Music by Bach, Beethoven, and Wicks
  2. January 2016 – Violinist and Violist Marjory Lange with pianist Christopher Wicks, and cellist Katherine Couch. Music by Bach, Wicks, and Clara Schumann.
  3. March 2016 -- Sara Truelove, clarinet and pianist Christopher Wicks. Music by Mozart, Wicks, and Brahms.
  4. May 2016 – Christopher Wicks, pianist. Music by Clara Schumann.
  5. July 2016 – Debra Huddleston, pianist, and her choir the Silvertones.
  6. September 2016 – Folk group “The Civil Disobedients,” led by Marcia Christenson.
  7. November 2016. – Violinists Stephanie Barth and Marjory Lange, with pianist Christopher Wicks. Music by Bach, Mozart, and Wicks
  8. January 2017. – Andrew White, baritone and Christopher Wicks, pianist. Music by Wicks, Sylvia Rickard, and David Wolfson.
  9. March 2017 – Alison Seeber, soprano with Christopher Wicks, organist. Music by Handel, Dubois, Couperin, and Wicks.
  10. May 2017. Sara Truelove, clarinetist, with Christopher Wicks, pianist.  Music by Baermann, Reger, Stamitz and Wicks.
  11. July 2017. – Katherine Couch, cellist; Christopher Wicks, pianist; and the White Oak String Quartet. Music by Lalo, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wicks, and Brahms.

(September 2017 – cancelled due to health reasons)

  1. November 2017 – Aimée Larsen Amend, soprano and friends. Music by Schubert, Wicks, and Bach.
  2. January 2018 – Aage Nielsen, douçaine and English horn with Christopher Wicks, organist. Emphasis on Renaissance music and Danish music.
  3. March 2018 – Marjory Lange, violin and Christopher Wicks, pianist – music by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
  4. May 2018 – The Silverwind String Quartet with mostly light classics
  5. July 2018 – Pianist Debra Huddleston with Trio Demika and her choir the Silvertones
  6. September 2018 – Portland Lyric Strings: music by Tartini, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Borodin, Wicks
  7. November 2018 – Sandy Duffy Norman, flute, with C. Wicks, pianist. Music by Boccherini, Wicks, Schubert
  8. January 2019 – Marjory Lange, violinist and C. Wicks, pianist. Music by Handel, Dvorak, Wicks
  9. February 2019 – Salem String Quartet, music by Haydn and Webern
  10. March 2019 – Aage Nielsen, douçaine and English horn, with C. Wicks at organ and piano, Varied repertory
  11. April 2019 – Opera “Love Is Strong as Death” by C. Wicks, with singers Alison Seeber, Aimée Amend, Bennett Bailey
  12. May 2019 – Sara Truelove, clarinet, with C. Wicks, pianist. Music by Saint-Saëns, Wicks, Donizetti
  13. June 2019 – Vocalist and pianist John Collison, with popular selections
  14. July 2019 – Indomitable String Quartet, with music by Christopher Wicks
  15. August 2019 – Quintet Tera Demika, with music by Malling and Saint-Saëns
  16. September 2019 – Varied program: organist C. Wicks, soprano Aimée Amend, mezzo Ellen Yager, others
  17. October 2019 – Oratorio “I Know that God Is Good” by C. Wicks, about St. Theresa of Lisieux. Starring soprano Alison Seeber
  18. November 2019 – Mitch Iimori, oboist with C. Wicks, pianist. Music by Marcello, C. Wicks, Saint-Saëns.  Also a Japanese folk tune played on the shamisen.
  19. January 2020 – Marjory Lange, violinist, and C. Wicks, pianist. Music by von Weber, Bach, Haydn, and Wicks.
  20. February 2020 – Violinists Dolores D’Aigle and Gwen Sieben and pianist Christopher Wicks, with music by Wicks, Telemann, and Sr. Anne Cecile Daigle, SNJM
  21. March 2020 – Triplum, a Medieval Ensemble. A range of vocal and instrumental medieval music, including pieces by Guillaume de Machaut.

April and May 2020 – Regrettably cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions