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Services 2015-2016

from today's 'All Saints Service' communion hymn

“And I Saw a New Heaven”                                                 Edgar L. Bainton

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: For the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying:
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God.”
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.

Revelations XXI, vs 1-4

 November 2 at 7:00 PM – All Souls Day
Mass in Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

The choir will be singing the Requiem by Gabriel Faure accompanied by strings and soloists. This is the same work that was featured on last year’s CD by the choir. It will be used as it was intended and written to be used, as the music of a Mass for the Dead, not as a concert piece.

Sunday, November 22 at 8:30 AM – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is the last Sunday of the church year; the choir will feature the last two movements of Handel’s “Messiah”.

Thursday, November 26 at 9:00 AM – Thanksgiving Mass

Tuesday, December 8 at 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM – Feast of the immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)

Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 PM – Eleventh Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent.

Monday, December 14 at 7:00 PM – Advent Penance Service

Christmas Masses
Thursday, December 24, at 5:00 and 10:00 PM
Friday, December 25, at 10:00 AM

Concert October 24, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3:00 PM

‘Concerts in a Country Church’



Music for Woodwind Quintet and Organ

Music of Gustav Holst, Bach, Ravel and Warlock

First of three concerts in the 2015-2016 Season

If strings are the ‘nouns’ of the orchestra and the brass are the ‘verbs’, then woodwinds are the adverbs and adjectives! In other words, they provide most of the color. Mixed metaphors aside, the “winds” as they are often called are used when a composer wishes to convey many human feelings, whether comic or tragic, and these instruments do so with tonal colorings that are pretty well unique to them.

A woodwind quintet is made up of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon (the French horn being a bit schizoid as it also appears in brass quintets). With music by Gustav Holst, Bach, Ravel and Warlock, five professional orchestral players will join the organ which will be playing a supplemental role in a particularly melodic and harmonically rich display of virtuosity by three fascinating twentieth century composers and the ubiquitous Bach (when the organist gets to have a bit more fun).

Woodwind Quintet and Organist

Craig Jaynes, Music Director, said, “Oboist Melissa Feilhauer played with us for the first Mass in the renovated building on Christmas Eve, 2010; we’ve been trying to arrange a return engagement ever since and this is the result.

This will be as fine a group of musicians as have ever played here and the music we will be doing together is unbelievably scrumptious! It’s going to be a very special treat indeed!”

COST OF A TICKET for general admission is $10.00 per person and $25 for season ticket.

The concert is held at Saint Colman Catholic Church. The church is located at 219 South North St., Washington Court House, OH. (two blocks north and one block east of the court house).

For contact information: or call: Craig Jaynes, 877-232-5731

Concert April 19, 2015


Sunday, April 19, 2015     3:00 PM

Music for percussion and organ

This program features the virtuoso percussionist Terry diLuciano, who will combine his many instruments with the organ for this unusual program. Since this is a combination rarely heard, the program will consist of arrangements for the organ, either accompanying or being accompanied by various percussion instruments.

It will include ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and ‘Rodeo’ by Aaron Copland, and a special presentation of the poetry of Ogden Nash, written to enhance ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ of Camille Saint-Saens. Hee Haw!

Vespers – March 15, 2015

WHAT: A service of sung Evening Prayer, sometimes known as Vespers, will be held on the Fourth Sunday in Lent ((Laetare Sunday), March 15 at 3:00 PM.

WHERE: St. Colman Catholic Church, 219 East North Street, Washington Court House, Ohio. The church is two blocks north and one block east of the Fayette County Courthouse. There is ample parking in lots around the church and plenty of street parking as well.

WHEN: Laetare Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 PM. Laetare Sunday is one of the two Sundays in the church year which are sometimes called ‘Rose’ Sundays in reference to the color of vestments often used. (The other such Sunday is the Third Sunday in Advent, just before Christmas, when the St. Colman Choir has traditionally presented it’s Advent Lessons and Carols service.)

It is the mid-point of Lent, the 40 days of preparation leading up to Easter, and the over-all emphasis of the day is a bit less penitential in nature than the other days in Lent (the color for which is purple).

DETAIL: Music will be provided by the St. Colman Choir, accompanied by organ and a string quartet of students from Cedarville University. As part of the music for the service, they will perform the first section of Part Two of “Messiah” by George Fredrick Handel. In addition, there are psalms sung to chant as well as a Magnificat (by Herbert Howells) and ‘Evening Hymn’ by Gardiner.

Other participants will be Seminarians from The Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, one of whom is Brett Garland, for whom St. Colman is home parish.

The service is open to the public; there is no admission charge. A free-will offering is taken in support of music at St. Colman.

Concert Feb. 22, 2015




Late Romantic Music for Organ and Violin
Music of Joseph Rheinberger and Max Reger


3:00 PM
(Originally scheduled February 8)

St. Colman organist, Craig Jaynes, is joined by Cedarville University professor Carlos Elias in a program of music for organ and the unusual and wonderful combination of organ and violin by two of the unsung geniuses of late Romanticism, set in the stunning acoustics of a building built during the same time period.


St. Colman Catholic Church
219 South North St. Washington Court House, Ohio
(two blocks east and one block south of the court house)
Requested admission: $10.00

Said about last season’s final concert: “unparalleled in the musical history of Washington Court House in living memory.”


More details…

St. Colman organist, Craig Jaynes, will perform solo organ works and will join with Cedarville University professor and violinist, Carlos Elias in a program of music by Joseph Rheinberger and Max Reger, two of the unsung geniuses of the late Romantic era. The Rheinberger works are singularly unusual in that they are original for the two instruments, not transcriptions, a combination that is rare for serious composers (and for reasons unknown as it is a particularly effective one). They will be performed in the superb acoustics of St. Colman church, which was built at the same time these two composers were at their most productive.

THE PERFORMERS: Craig Jaynes CJ-organ-handsup_web has been the Music Director and Organist at St. Colman since 2005 and also serves as organist for the choir at St. Columbkille Church in Wilmington, Ohio. He attended Wichita State University, Kent State University (BA-music), The Ohio State University, and Clark State Community College (AAS-RN); and studied with Paul Lunquist, Dorothy Addy, Virgil Fox. He’s been an active church musician for churches in Kansas and Ohio for 52 years and is a Registered Nurse with Community Care Hospice.

Carlos Elias Carlos Elias' s  photo-1 is professor of strings and orchestra at Cedarville University and was recently appointed Director of the Springfield Youth Symphony. He has won performance prizes in El Salvador and California; represented his country (El Salvador) in the World Philharmonic Orchestra under Lorin Maazel; he performed in solo recitals and with orchestras in the US, El Salvador, Argentina, Bulgaria, Japan and Korea; participated in festival orchestras in Colorado, California, Vermont, Florida, Puerto Rico, Japan and Italy. He hold degrees from Biola (California) University, Duquesne University, and the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. He and his wife, pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, gave their New York debut at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2002 and their recently released CD “Let’s Tango” was named “Best of the Best” in the International category on eMusic in the US and the United Kingdom.

This concert will be the first collaboration between Mr. Jaynes and Mr. Elias.

ADMISSION: $10.00 per person is requested; there are no reserved seats except for season ticket holders. (season tickets are $25.00 per person for all three concerts in the series; this is the second concert of the current season. The final concert of the season series will be April 19 at 3:00 PM

Inaugural Concert

THE Inaugural Concert
April 14, 2013 – 4 P.M.

Inaugural Concert Program (PDF 113kb)
Click above link to download copy of the Inaugural Program.

Great Music in the Grand Tradition
for Organ, Brass and Tympani


BRASS QUINTET: Russ Hawvermale – Adena Local Schools
Matt Spradlin – Wilmington High School
Matt Stanley – Washington High School
Ben Streitenberger – Washington Middle School
Dave Wood – Blanchester High School
TYMPANI – Terry diLuciano – Fairfield Local Schools
ORGAN – Craig Jaynes, Director of Music, St. Colman Church

MUSIC – for Brass Quintet, Tympani and Organ by Rimsky-Korsakov,
Gabrielli, Gigout, Peeters and Boellman
for Organ by Howells, Brubeck and Bach

BACKGROUND – In February of this year, St. Colman Church dedicated a new 3-manual (keyboards), 36 stop organ. This concert will be the first, ‘kick-off’ program in a new series of concerts will be hosted annually beginning in September of 2013. The series for 2013-14 will be announced at this concert.

With the new organ, the church felt a need to share its blessings with the broader community. According to Craig Jaynes, the church’s music director and coordinator for the new series, “We have here a major instrument located in a building with incredible acoustics; it’s a marvelous place to make music. Every guest musician we’ve ever had has commented on how wonderful it is to perform here.”

For this concert a specially selected group of musicians, band directors from Washington Court House, Wilmington, Blanchester, Frankfort and Leesburg, has been assembled to provide a grand beginning to this new concert series. “This is the sort of thing one normally has to go to a big city to hear; we’re bringing great music to the country. I can promise an experience you won’t soon forget.” Jaynes added.

Bang the Drum

Sunday, April 19, 2014     3:00 PM

Music for percussion and organ

This program features the virtuoso percussionist Terry diLuciano, who will combine his many instruments with the organ for this unusual program. Since this is a combination rarely heard, the program will consist of arrangements for the organ, either accompanying or being accompanied by various percussion instruments.

It will include ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and ‘Rodeo’ by Aaron Copland, and a special presentation of the poetry of Ogden Nash, written to enhance ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ of Camille Saint-Saens.


Sunday, February 8, 2015     3:00 PM

Music of Rheinberger (for violin and organ) and Reger, with Carlos Elias, violinist

Organist Craig Jaynes will be joined by Carlos Elias, international performer and director of strings and orchestra at Cedarville University.

Continuing with a theme of contrasts, this program features two composers in the Romantic style whose writing is, in many ways, nearly opposite.

Josef Rheinberger was a melodic master and exercised his gift amidst harmonies of simple loveliness. He was certainly capable of contrapuntal writing, but simply used it as tool in his tuneful compositional kit.

His works for violin and organ are almost totally unique among serious composers. The dearth of original works for these two instruments is puzzlesome, especially when one hears how wonderful the combination can be.

Max Reger wrote with lots of ink and his works can be nearly opaque with sound. He is at his best when serving as one of Bach’s successors as a master of the art of counterpoint and it is this aspect that will be emphasized in this program.


Choral Tradition

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Music of Vivaldi and Faure

The Choir of St. Colman Church will be joined by the choir of The Presbyterian Church of Hillsboro, Ohio (Roger Smith, director) and instrumentalists from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to perform two of the great works of the choral art. On a weekend which contains both a great and ancient Christian feast day (All Saints, November 1) and the annual memorial day of All Souls (November 2), it seems fitting to pair these two towering works.

The Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ is an elaborate and extended setting of the oldest Christian hymn, “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (“Glory be to God on high”). For choir, soloists, and instruments, it is one of the first, probably best known, and certainly one of the most beloved choral creations based on these words. It is written in Vivaldi’s trademark ebullient style while still capturing the many nuances of the extended hymn.

Gabriel Faure’s famous ‘Requiem’ was written as a setting of an actual Requiem Mass for the Dead. Many famous requiem masses had been written by earlier composers (Mozart, Berlioz and Verdi, among many others), but their character was nearly always one of fire and brimstone, with a focus on the ‘Day of Wrath’. By contrast, Faure wrote the first of what might be called ‘the lullaby requiems’ which emphasized mourning and restfulness, with only a nod to ‘the wrath of God’. Also in contrast to the rhythmic emphasis of the Vivaldi piece, the Faure uses soaring and gorgeous melodies and luscious harmonies to make its point. It is easily one of the loveliest choral works ever put to pen and a favorite of both participating choirs.

String along with Me

April 27, 2014

This program features the organ in combination with full string ensemble in a series of well-known and beloved works such as the Albinoni ‘Adagio’, an ‘Ave Maria’ or two, one of the Handel organ concertos, AND a surprise concerto just for the spice of it. Organ and strings provide an interesting and unique combination of tones and textures, just ripe for colorful exportation, and this program will take full advantage of that fact. There will be a special performance of J. S. Bach’s “Kom Susser Tod” which became famous under the hand of Leopold Stokowski in his arrangement for the Philadelphia

Orchestra and then made doubly famous by the Virgil Fox when he arranged the string version for the world’s largest organ at Wanamaker’s (now Macy’s) Department Store in Philadelphia.