Roanoke VA

Music on the Corner

Music on the Corner is a gift of music to the wider Roanoke community. This series features St. John’s musicians and singers as well as guest soloists and instrumentalists throughout the year. Past performances include music by Handel and Poulenc with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, a production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in collaboration with Opera Roanoke, and Puccini’s Missia di Gloria. Music on the Corner concerts are free and open to all.

For more information about Music on the Corner, contact Mr. David Charles Campbell, St. John’s Minister of Music, at

Upcoming Concerts

Concerts on the corner take place in the nave of St. John’s  at 6:00, preceded by a reception in the parish hall at 5:15 (note: no reception before the All Saints concert).

Requiem and Gloria: The Music of Dan Locklair
November 2
In this year’s All Saints Memorial Concert, we welcome composer Dan Locklair (pictured at left), who will conduct two of his own works, sung by St. John’s choir and guests – his 2015 Requiem and 2009 Gloria. Dr. Locklair’s music has been performed all over the world, with premieres by ensembles including the BBC Singers, the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, D.C. and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in New York City. He is currently artist in residence and professor at Wake Forest University.
Our soloists: soprano Sarah Wiley Newcomb, contralto Kari DeBlasio Grim, bass Chase Peak and tenor Andrew Miller. String, brass and percussion instrumentalists will be joined by St. John’s minister of music David Charles Campbell at the organ.
We will host a talk and Q&A with Dr. Locklair prior to the performance, and an open rehearsal with choir and instrumentalists on Saturday, October 27. Note: There will be no reception prior to the concert.
Passion and Pilgrimage: Soprano Marlayna Maynard and Pianist Cara Ellen Modisett
March 1
An evening of artsong and opera aria, including the music of Barber, Strauss and Haydn. Dr. Maynard is director of vocal studies at Radford University; she has soloed with ensembles including the Memphis and Huntington symphonies and as a recitalist across the country. Ms. Modisett is music director of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal, communications director at St. John’s and serves as collaborative staff pianist at Radford University.

The Garth Newel Piano Quartet
April 5
We welcome back the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, which has performed throughout the U.S. and on five continents at venues including Carnegie Hall and Strathmore Hall. They regularly commission and premiere new music and serve as faculty and directors for the Emerging Artist Fellowship Program.
L’ange et la Trompette: The Angel and the Trumpet
May 10
Organist and St. John’s minister of music David Charles Campbell closes the season with music for organ and voices of St. John’s choristers and friends, joined by soprano Sarah Wiley Newcomb, contralto Kari DeBlasio Grim, mezzo soprano Michelle Burnett, coloratura soprano Katie Kelly, tenor Shawn Puller, baritone Steven Andrew Miller and bass Chase Peak. Repertoire will include arias, organ solos and a grand choral finale. Weather permitting, the 5:15 reception will be in the garden.