December Performances

In Praise of Music is a unique resource of professional music performers and educators based in Augusta, Georgia, and the Southeastern United States.

Please support In Praise of Music and our presenters by attending our performances, spreading the word about our activities, and sending gifts to our presenters designated for the hiring of professional instrumentalists.

All musicians are professional musicians from the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of In Praise of Music, unless noted otherwise.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

2016 December Concerts

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11:00 am service

Kate Jenkins, trombone

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm

  • Augusta Choral Society presents "A Caroling Messiah"
  • St. Paul’s Church
  • 605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
  • (706) 724-2485
  • Click here to purchase tickets

First Violin
Ryan Kho
Laura Tomlin
Ashley Horvat
Damir Horvat

Second Violin
Pawel Kozak
Debbie Schab
Angela Shaw

Viola
Carl Purdy
Karl Schab
Laurin Smith

Cello
Christine Crookall
Justin Resley

Bass
Sara Lokey

Flute
Lorraine Jones

Oboe

Kelly Odell
Manda Cawthon

Clarinet
Joseph Eller

Bassoon
Joy Hoffman

Horn
Judith Cheeseman Thompson

Trumpet
Todd Jenkins
Paul Lott

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Matthew Jones
Kent Hannibal

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 8:45am and 11:00am services

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Christine Crookall, cello

Erin Wilson, flute
Kelly Odell, oboe
Rachel Misner, horn

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 11:00am service

Wendy Cohen, flute
Laura Tomlin, violin
Pawel Kozak, violin
Arthur Ross, viola
Justin Resley, cello
Nina Brooks, harp

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 4:00pm and 7:00pm services

Damir Horvat, violin
Ashley Horvat, violin
Angela Shaw, violin
Tess Hartis, violin
Jeff Watson, viola
Samara Humbert-Hughes, viola
Mary Ann Watson, cello
Jenny Davis, flute
Will Moon, oboe
Josh Workman, trumpet
Todd Jenkins, trumpet
Jason Ortiz, trumpet
Michael Baker, trombone
Will Graybill, trombone
Robert Slade, bass trombone
Scott Herring, percussion
Greg Apple, percussion

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 4:30pm and 6:30pm services

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Dana Duncan-Davis, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Christopher Connolly, cello

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 6:15pm prelude and 6:30pm service

Bulldog Brass Society from the University of Georgia

Shangduo Chen, trumpet
Shaun Branam, trumpet
Dilon Bryan, horn
Steve Jessup, trombone
Joseph Guimaraes, tuba


Sunday, December 9, 2018: 7:30pm service

  • "Christmas at First Baptist, " Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Program
  • First Baptist Church
  • 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909
  • (706) 733-2236

Violin
Ryan Kho
Laura Tomlin
Sarah Land
Pawel Kozak
Scotty Allen
Kitty Shepheard

Viola
Arthur Ross
Laurin Smith

Cello
Christine Crookall
Justin Resley

Bass
Sara Neal Lokey

Flute

Wendy Cohen

Oboe
Kelly Odell
William Raine

Clarinet
Jay Rising

Bassoon
Joy Hoffman
Felisha Jones

Trumpet
Geoffrey Wood
Jessie Morlan
Victoria Bethel

Trombone
Matthew Henderson
Kate Jenkins

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Kevin Baggott
Stephanie Phillips


Friday, December 14, 2018: 8:00pm

  • Cirque Musica Holiday presents “Wonderland”
  • Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA
  • Click here to purchase tickets

Lyra Vivace Orchestra

First Violin
Laura Tomlin, concertmaster
Damir Horvat
Mayumi Nakamura
Nyamka Odsuren
Shadwa Mussad

Second Violin
Laurin Smith
Camilia Mouton
Angela Shaw
Thomas Lai

Viola
Carl Purdy
Arthur Ross
Jeff Watson
Stan Pylant

Cello
Ji-Ye Kim
Justin Resley
Mary Ann Watson
Chris Connolly

Bass
Jarod Boles
Travis Shaw

Flute
Wendy Cohen
Erin Wilson

Piccolo
Cynthia Hopkins

Oboe
Kelly Odell
Rebecca Nagel

Clarinet
Taylor Massey
Charles Messersmith

Bassoon
Reed Hannah
Joy Hoffman

Horn
Brandon Nichols
Anne Holmi
Mike Daly
Judith Cheeseman Thompson

Trumpet
Antonio Marti
Kyle Lane
Michael Smith

Trombone
Joshua Bynum
Kate Jenkins

Bass Trombone
Robert Slade

Tuba
Christopher Bluemel

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Matthew Jones
Alissa Castero
Kevin Baggott

Harp
Carolyn Munford


Sunday, December 16, 2018: 8:30am and 11:00am services

Thomas Lai, violin
Jason Pooler, violin
Priscilla Hollingsworth, violin
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Louisa Shepheard, violin
Kitty Shepheard, violin
Jeff Watson, viola
Justin Resley, viola
Christopher Connolly, viola
Pam Dutch, bass
Jessie Morlan, trumpet
Sam Speering, trumpet

Sunday, December 16, 2018: 9:30am and 11:00am services

Ryan Kho, violin
Nyamka Odsuren, violin
Laurin Smith, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Carolyn Munford, harp

Sunday, December 16, 2018: 11:00am service

Bulldog Brass Society from the University of Georgia

Shangduo Chen, trumpet
Shaun Branam, trumpet
Dilon Bryan, horn
Steve Jessup, trombone
Joseph Guimaraes, tuba

Sunday, December 16, 6:00pm service

Ryan Kho, violin
Jonathan Aceto, violin
Laura Tomlin, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Kelly Odell, oboe
Joy Hoffman, bassoon

Monday, December 24, 2018: 4:00pm and 6:00pm services

Laura Tomlin, violin
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Angela Shaw, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Travis Shaw, cello

Monday, December 24, 2018: 4:30pm and 6:00pm services

Christopher Connolly, cello


Monday, December 24, 2018: 5:30pm prelude for 6:00pm service and 9:30pm prelude for 10:00pm service

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin

Carl Purdy, viola
Christine Crookall, cello

Monday, December 24, 2018: 9:00pm services

Laura Tomlin, violin
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Ji-Ye Kim, cello

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