While stationed at Bitburg AB, Germany I was tenor soloist in the liturgical work entitled "The Seven Last Words of Christ." Under the direction of Mr. Michael Rhodes, both the Protestant and Catholic choirs of the air base performed this work from 1969 thru 1972.
After returning to the states in February '73, I continued as a guest soloist for countless weddings and funeral ceremonies as well as for our local social and civic programs.
In 1975, I recorded my first album, "Only A Shadow", on location at Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem, Pa.
Mr. Francis "Hank" Mies was my guest accompanist.
I also began a series of concerts to help benefit VIA, SBNC, VIABL, and NAMI, performing many of them at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, as well as at churches in Scranton, South Philadelphia, and Lakehurst, NJ.
In the summer of 1980, Bill Wedo of the Morning Call newspaper wrote a feature story about myself and Parke Frankenfield producing my first christmas recording "The Gift of Christmas." During August of 1981, I produced yet a third album entitled "My Gift....My Lord" , entirely arranged and directed by Steve Reisteter of Bethlehem. It includes such notable LV musicians like Greg McGill, Greg Seifert, Bill Smith, Elaine Martin, the Kautzmans, Jay Ruch, Larry Siegler...many of whom still play with the Allentown Symphony.
I was also invited several times as a guest soloist to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Whiting, NJ. where I shared music during their weekend liturgies.
By the mid '80's, I produced my fourth recording entitled "Be Not Afraid." The inspiration for this album came from Sister Mary Modesta who, some 25 years later, still works at St. Mary's Hospital in Livonia, Michigan.
I also performed our National Anthem at Veteran's Stadium in South Philadelphia.
Highlighting the 1980's was the opportunity to perform a Candlelight concert for the first Musikfest 1984. Peter Hall on the campus of Moravian College was the setting, with a donation of $5.00 at the door.
In 2008, I was invited back to Musikfest to help celebrate their 25th anniversary. I performed at the Old Moravian Chapel.
As a point of trivia, I believe I still hold the record as the only performer appearing
at 9 different venues during the history of Musikfest thus far.
While chairing Sauconfest, a local festival, I met a young boy named Matthew, whose mother had signed him up for a singing competition. Considering this 9 year old boy had lost his sight at the age of 3, he captured the hearts of those who attended his performance with his tremendous voice and heart.
Matthew Vollbrecht and I later joined our musical talents, sharing in benefit concerts and performed together for a final time at a Vesper Concert held at Central Moravian Church during Musikfest 1994.
The year, 2000.....
April of 2000 found me visiting Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church in Woodbury, NJ. sharing in their sunday morning worship service. On February 11th, 2001 patriotic hymns were the call of the day at the Zion's UCC in Allentown, Pa. as we honored the Civil War volunteers who were known as the First Defenders.
I have also been a guest soloist for the annual District 14-K Lion's Necrology Breakfast since 2000.
A memorable occasion during 2005 featured Evelyn Michaels as my accompanist as we shared the beautiful song "I Will Remember You" at the First Annual Benefit to celebrate the life of
Today, I continue to share the gift of music with countless social groups, civic organizations, and nursing homes throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area.
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