Join us for Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza in Scranton!


The pipe organ has been called the “King of Instruments.” The sounds of the pipe organ have inspired worshippers for centuries. Great composers have written countless works for the instrument. Pipe organs have been installed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and theaters. The American Guild of Organists is passionate about the pipe organ and we want to share our love with a new generation.

Join us on Sunday, November 8 at St. Stanislaus Cathedral in Scranton from 2:00 – 4:00 PM for Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza. Participants will receive a behind the scenes tour of the instrument in addition to a chance to play it themselves (and eat some pizza!). All are welcome to attend. Students currently studying the piano are encouraged to bring a piece to play on the organ


Concert celebrates thirty years of an organ’s life

Thirty years ago, in September 1985, an organ built by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, CT, was installed in the choir gallery of St. Stanislaus Cathedral in Scranton. For the past three decades the organ has sounded forth under the hands and feet of several organists almost daily leading the congregation in song, accompanying the choir, providing music for weddings, funerals, and the various services held at the Cathedral. Despite its faithful service to the church, this instrument has almost never been heard in concert. Considering that with its three manuals (keyboards), pedals, and forty-four stops it ranks as one of the larger organs in the city, the organ has had the status of a well-kept secret.

On Sunday, 13 September, 2015, at 4:00 PM the organ will be heard in concert as the cathedral’s Director of Music and Organist, Peter V. Picerno, presents a recital to commemorate the organ’s thirtieth birthday. Music by J. S. Bach, John Rutter, Leo Sowerby, Maurice Duruflé, Louis Vierne, and others will provide a tour of the organ’s tonal resources as well as present music not usually heard in the context of church services.

Dr. Picerno, who began his work at St. Stanislaus Cathedral in January, holds degrees in organ performance and musicology from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the University of Oregon, and the University of Kansas. He also spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar pursuing studies in Italy. Before moving to Scranton, he served churches in Ohio, Oregon, Kansas, Tennessee, and Florida. He has performed organ recitals throughout the USA and has performed at regional and national gatherings of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.

The concert is free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available surrounding the Cathedral which is located at 529 East Locust Street.

From Leipzig to Lübeck: Works of Bach and Buxtehude

Sarah Davies, organist, and Elise Quagliata, mezzo-soprano, along with Thomas Heinze, oboe, will present “From Leipzig to Lübeck: Works of Bach and Buxtehude” at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton on Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. Please spread the word!

A little about the artists…

SARAH DAVIES, Organist and Musicologist, earned her Ph.D.
from New York University with a dissertation on Swiss and German Renaissance tablatures for lute and organ. Over the past dozen years,
she has given papers at more than twenty music and interdisciplinary conferences in the U.S. and Europe, and in March will present her work on early organ sermons for the international Renaissance Society conference in Berlin. Before returning to academe,
the artist was an agent, manager and publicist in the New York music business, finishing her career at ICM Artists. As a performer, she has been heard in recital on historic and historically-based Swiss, German, Dutch, French and American instruments. Recently, she performed on the oldest organ built in America (David Tannenberg, 1770), and this past summer, was invited to perform late medieval and early Renaissance repertoire on the oldest organ in the world (c.1400) in Sion, Switzerland. This is her second appearance in recital with her daughter Elise Quagliata on the Sacred Concert Series of St. Peter’s Cathedral.

ELISE QUAGLIATA, Mezzo-Soprano, was recently cited by Opera News for her “passionate interpretation,” “impressive dynamic range” and “exceptional technical finesse” as the nun Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (September 2014). Opera Today described her as the “most powerful Helen yet” (July 2014). In a wide range of repertoire, from Carmen to contemporary opera and from Bach to art song to cabaret, Ms. Quagliata’s “rich, expressive voice and passionate delivery” (The New York Times) has made her a favorite with audiences across the country. The artist recently returned from singing Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, and will return there in March for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Ms. Quagliata is known in the area from her sold-out performances the last three seasons on the summer Beacon Hill Concert Series, and her previous appearance in Bach and early Baroque repertoire on the Sacred Concert Series of St. Peter’s Cathedral in January of 2013.

THOMAS HEINZE, Oboe, is a well-known classical and jazz performer and recording artist in our area and in New York. For the past 23 years, he has been the Principal Oboe and Soloist of the Scranton-based “Bach Festival of Northeast Pennsylvania” with the Arcadia Chorale (formerly the Robert Dale Chorale), and its Director of Chamber Music since 2009. For twenty years, until 1985, Heinze served as Principal Oboe of the Allentown Symphony, and was also Principal Oboe of the Allentown Band from 1964-2004. He is a Founding Member and Soloist of the Great Valley Chamber Music Society, organized in 2001. As an oboe and saxophone teacher, now retired, the artist still maintains active teaching studios at Marywood University, Wyoming Seminary and Wilkes University, where he is also the curator of the extensive Heinze Family Jazz Library.