Celebrating 5 Years
Bobby Fisher is a world-renowned guitarist, recording artist, composer, and clinician. He has served a number of years as program coordinator for the NPM Guitar Schools and Guitar and Ensemble Institutes. Bobby has recorded and produced a number of his own recordings and has worked as producer and guest musician on countless others. With his daughter, Serenity, and her husband, Michael G. Ronstadt, he currently records and performs with Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts. Bobby has recorded and published a number of music collections for OCP, GIA, Franciscan Media, and Heart to Heart Ministries and is the author of “The Pastoral Guitarist,” a guitar instructional book and “The Liturgical Guitarist,” an instructional video. As a children’s recording artist, Bobby is best known for “Hymns and Hers for Happy Hearts,” a collection of fun and creative music for children, both young and old. Some of his best selling collections include Play Before God, Guitar Prayer, Catholic Classics Vol. III, If We Dare to Hope, and Go Out and Tell. Bobby lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife and family.
The Pierson-Young Project
(Greg Pierson and Steve Young)
combines over 60 years of experience in musical performances and ministry.
Incorporating lessons from their own spiritual journeys with song and scripture, they create an experience of being in the presence of God.
The Pierson-Young Project (PYP) uses original music, drama, dance, Scripture, and personal sharing to create a space for reflection and challenge in today’s world.
Phoebe White has performed with Grammy award winners Riders in the Sky, Suzy Bogguss, and shared the stage with Michael Johnathon, David McLean, Bluegrass band of the year: The Farm Hands, members of Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, New Grass Revival, The McLain Family Band, & more.
She has performed in Nashville, on national TV, and worldwide radio; appeared on Best of America by Horseback on RFD-TV; plus was featured at the country music capital of Kentucky: Renfro Valley, The Kentucky Opry, and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. A 12-year-old from the foothills of Appalachia, Phoebe is inspired by music pioneers who have gone before her such as Roy and Dale, Patsy Cline, Jimmie Rogers, and Patsy Montana. Sharing the music of America’s cowboy past is one of her passions.
Phoebe is an accomplished yodeler with an extensive range. Her bubbly personality, poise on stage, powerful voice, & energetic performances are simply captivating! Phoebe is a homeschooler; she loves Jesus, making new friends, & enjoys playing guitar, mandolin, piano, ukelele, guitalele, banjolele, & more. She also likes to dance, swim, & go camping with her family. However, Phoebe’s favorite thing to do is entertain live audiences which she has enjoyed doing since 2017.
Performing comes naturally for this Ohio native who grew up in a musical family and has been singing from a very young age. As early as the 6th grade, Lisa played acoustic guitar in church, and for weddings. As a member of the long-time folk duo Prairie Orchid, with Sarah Goslee Reed, Biales played over 100 shows a year as an artist-in-schools educational performer. Always writing and performing her own music, Biales started her recording career in 1999.
Dubbed the “Belle of the Blues” for her crystal clear voice and charming stage presence, Biales has released ten albums with her latest, THE BEAT OF MY HEART produced by Tony Braunagel.
In 2013, Lisa’s album Singing In My Soul wins Cincy Blues Challenge Best Self Produced CD of the year and garnered her a spot at the beloved Cincinnati Blues Fest. The album charted at #10 on the Roots Music Report.
Winners of two 2008 UNITY Awards for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song, ValLimar and Frank have performed and/or collaborated with some of the best-known songwriters and musicians in Catholic music in the USA. The list includes Tony Alonso, John Angotti, Steve Angrisano, Jaime Cortez, Bobby Fisher, Sarah Hart, David Hass, Marty Haugen, Bob Hurd, Tom Kendzia, Matt Maher, Jesse Manibusan, Danielle Rose, Dan Schutte, Curtis Stephan, Christopher Walker,
ValLimar sings a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary. In 2005, she released her first solo collection, You Gotta Move. Other collections include Anointing, Psalms from the Soul, and Give God the Glory. Her most recent collection, Spirit & Soul, features popular contemporary songs from fellow Spirit & Song composers produced and sung with ValLimar's signature style.
ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, author, storyteller, psalmist, song leader, principal vocalist and emcee. ValLimar has been a keynote speaker and presenter at many major events. She participated in several events, concerts and catechetical sites during World Youth Day 2019, which took place in Panama City, Panama. ValLimar is an excellent choice for concerts and faith formation workshops. She works with youth and educators on the subjects of music and liturgy.
ValLimar and her husband, Frank, have CDs of their own: Get On Board, Volume 1 (AFW & TFP); A Fire Within Music, Volume 1 (AFW); Stormy Weather: A Celebration of Ethel Waters (AFW); Just released, Spirit & Soul (Spirit & Song); Give God The Glory (Spirit & Song); Psalms From The Soul (OCP); Anointing (Spirit & Song); You Gotta Move (Spirit & Song); and African American Sacred Songs (GIA).
Rose Reidmiller Gowda is the director of the Cincinnati Suzuki School at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department, where she teaches a full studio of Suzuki violin and viola students ages 4 and up in private lessons, group classes, and also conducts the Suzuki Chamber Orchestra. A former Suzuki kid herself, she believes in nurturing and developing the whole child through music. She is also a trained early childhood music instructor with MusikGarten.She has appeared on stage multiple times at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival as a musician for theatre and musical performances, and also performs extensively with the classical ensemble Midnight Rose Trio, the indie-pop band Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts, and plays fiddle with the Rosenthorns, a Celtic contra dance band.
Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts blend playful pop-rock with a Tim Burton-esque quirkiness. A wordsmith, Serenity Fisher entices stories into becoming songs using truth-telling, highly visual lyrics, and dreamy melodies. Fisher is a powerhouse singer whose nuanced vocals vary from bluesy belt to sultry whisper, from technical prowess to stripped-down raw emotion. Her piano style is theatrical and passionate. Her music has been compared to Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, and Fiona Apple. She currently is the front person and leader for the band Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts.
Tajci became a pop superstar in Croatia (then Yugoslavia) at the age of 19, achieved platinum record sales, had a doll made in her likeness, and was endorsed by Levy’s. As a finalist at Eurovision Song Contest, Tajci’s megahit song “Hajde da ludujemo” is still one of the top favorite songs of all time. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Tajci performed in many venues off-Broadway, on NYC cabaret stages, and was an opening act of a show “Call for Bread” at the Madison Square Garden. She produced shows in NYC and Los Angeles, as well as toured with her own one-woman play nationwide.
Her first USA album was produced by Camille Barbone and featured such musicians as Nona Hendrix, Dave Stewart, Jon Gordon, Charlie Giordano, and songwriter Julie Gold. During her ten-year residence in Cincinnati, OH, Tajci toured extensively with her music, released seven albums, wrote and produced the full-length musical “My Perfectly Beautiful Life,” co-founded a children’s theatre, and performed a show with Steinway artist Dr. Stanley Yerlow.
After moving to Nashville, TN, Tajci produced three seasons of the TV show Waking Up in America, published five multimedia books, got certified as a life coach through Radiant Coaching Institute, and attending Coaching Certification through Chopra Center. Tajci is also a Certified Chopra Instructor of Perfect Health, and Meditation classes, and ICF member (awaiting A.C.C. accreditation). In 2019, Tajci launched a new touring show with Live on Stage agency.
Tajci’s recent biographical book “(un)Broken” combines poetry and song to augment memories from her diary that chronicle her intimate accounts of how music and the creative process can promote the healing of emotional pain. Tajci is co-songwriter of Olivia Newton-John’s latest hit single “Window in the Wall“. She is a Board Member of Nashville Peacemakers, a Better Decisions volunteer mentor at TN State Prison for Women, and a volunteer presenter for EndSlaveryTN.
Bishop Todd O’Neal and his wife Linda co-pastor the House of Joy Christian Ministry in Cincinnati. Bishop Todd received his Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Art and Music from Kentucky State University. He is a composer and of leader of gospel choirs. Linda O’Neal graduated from Lincoln High, East, St. Louis, Illinois, and Kentucky State University with a BS in Music Education. Together they co-pastor House of Joy Ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio. The House of Joy Singers are part of the House of Joy Ministry, under the Direction of Bishop O'Neal. They perform their music ministry throughout the Cincinnati Area.
Christopher Wilke, DMA, integrates modern and historical performance on guitar and lute with his interests in composition and research. He holds degrees from Mt. St. Joseph University (guitar and composition), CCM (classical guitar), and the Eastman School of Music (lute and 19th-century guitar under Paul O’Dette). He has had recordings released on Centaur Records (USA), original compositions published by Les Productions d’Oz (Montreal, Canada), and editorial work printed by Le Luth Doré (Paris, France).
The Guitar Foundation of America’s Soundboard wrote: “Wilke’s playing goes far beyond the notes, convincing the listener that both composer and performer are living, sensate persons, giving us the opportunity to understand something deep through this beautiful language of music.” The Lute Society of America Quarterly stated, “The listener is immediately captivated by [Wilke’s] virtuosity, dynamics and color that are so abundantly present” and the Allgäuer Zeitung (Germany) noted that “Wilke's nuanced, meditative and emotionally intense performance was met with rapturous approval." His discography focuses on under-represented repertoire, including the only recording to date of the works of the 17th-century French composer Charles Hurel and two volumes of music by contemporary Ukrainian-American composer
Recent performances include a special solo concert for members of the Congressional Caucus on the Arts in the Capitol Building (Washington DC), the European Lute Festival in Füssen (Germany), the Central Coast Guitar Society (CA), the Boston Early Music Festival (MA), the Austin Peay State University Guitar Festival (TN), with Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble in St. Paul (MN) and appearances with the Columbus (OH) and Sarasota (FL) Symphony Orchestras. As a scholar, he has presented lectures for the American Musicological Society, the Guitar Foundation of America, the University of Notre Dame and Stony Brook University.
Wilke is the former President and long-time board member of the Lute Society of America and currently serves on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society. He is the director of guitar studies at CCM.
Friday, September 23
Elaine Diehl joined the staff of Cincinnati Public Radio in 2015 as a part-time announcer on WVXU and WGUC. She came on board full time in 2017 as WGUC's Afternoon Drive/Early Evening classical music host. Elaine is also heard on WVXU's "Around Cincinnati," interviewing local and national musicians, writers, and event producers. She has been deeply involved in the Cincinnati music scene since graduation from Xavier University. A versatile singer, Elaine is at home performing Rock (Bromwell-Diehl Band, Elaine, and the Biscaynes, Madrigal), Jazz, and Swing (Lee's Junction Big Band, Boutique), Musical Theatre and jingles. She appears annually in the Pillar Award-winning Suits That Rock at Covington's Carnegie Arts Center. As a life-long Cincinnatian, Elaine's love of radio was born while listening to The Big Red Machine with her grandfather on a 9 volt-powered pocket transistor. She began in Public Radio as a volunteer, answering phones and making doughnut runs for Fund Drives at WVXU, WAIF, and WNKU where she began her on-air career hosting Morning Drive. Elaine and her musician husband, Jan enjoy the abundance of Art and Entertainment available in Cincinnati. The parents of two grown daughters, they reside in Green Township.
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Saturday, September 24
Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folksinger Michael Johnathon. He is a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide … including the legendary WSM AM the home of the Grand Ole Opry.
WoodSongs produced its historic 1,000th live audience broadcast November 2019
Michael grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, and found a job working as the late-night DJ on a small radio station. One night, he played ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by Roger McGuinn and The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the songwriter, his neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, he decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.
Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian mountains knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people.
Michael experienced hundreds of front porch hootenannies where folks would pull out their banjos and fiddles, sit on their front porches with him and play the old songs that their grandparents taught them.
Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools, and fairs. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch.
Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a tree-hugger at heart, he performed two thousand Earth Concerts at schools and colleges, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero” and he has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo, and the BBC.