St. Andrews Recital Series Benefit

Dear Friends,

Our second season of organ concerts at St. Andrew’s (2016–2017) was a great success. Thanks for your participation and help. Because of all of you, we brought over 400 people into church through concerts on our organ!

We will kick off our third season in the fall with a guest organist from Switzerland, Marc Fitze. Marc was Naomi’s and Jon’s classmate at the New England Conservatory of Music who now teaches at the conservatory for music and art in Bern. Before coming to Tacoma and St. Andrew’s, he will also perform at St. Thomas’, Fifth Avenue and Trinity Wall Street, NYC.

To support next year’s concerts, on Saturday, June 24 at 3 p.m., we will hold our annual fundraising concert. This year it will take place at Stan and Judy Stearns’s residence in Gig Harbor. (Stan is a choir member and a great supporter of music at St. Andrew’s.) Performing will be pianist, Rikako Tamura, who was one of the singers from the Japanese choir from Ferris Women’s University that sang at St. Andrew’s a couple of years ago. She is currently a graduate student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore pursuing a masters degree. She will perform on the mighty Viennese piano by Bösendorfer at Stan’s house! All we have to do is just enjoy the music, snacks and wine, and one another’s company.

Any size donations are welcome, but please note that this event is RSVP (limited seating). If you and/or your friends are able to come to the program, e-mail me at It is certain to be a beautiful evening with some really great piano music (some of my favorites!) If you have some friends who like art/music or know of people who like to support community art activities, please forward this message and let them contact me.

We are a free-standing series financially, and your donations are vital for us to continue to host concerts and educational programs on the church’s Paul Fritts & Co. organ, a gem of the South Sound. If you would like to donate but are not able to attend the fundraising concert, you can donate via the church’s website or send your check to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98465. Make sure that you include “Organ Concert Series” on the line item so that money will go to the right place.

Thanks ahead for your interest in contributing. Please, reserve your seat ASAP. You won’t want to miss it!

Naomi Shiga

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