The Performers

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Bobby Fisher

 Bobby Fisher is a liturgical musician, composer, author, actor, and clinician. He is currently director of music ministries at St. Agnes Parish in Fort Wright, Kentucky.  Bobby performed for eight years with The Fountain Square Fools, a portable Christian theater company, which traveled throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1988 he has served as program coordinator for the national NPM Guitar Schools. He travels extensively as a presenter of liturgical music workshops, musician retreats, and concerts. Bobby has recorded six collections for GIA Publications, which include four instrumental collections, Play before God, Season of Peace, Waiting for the Light, and Catholic Classics, Vol. III; a children's collection entitled Hymns and Hers for Happy Hearts; and a general liturgical collection entitled One Breath. Bobby has also composed and recorded music for several meditation collections in collaboration with Michael Sparough and Betsey Beckman, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. The other side of Bobby's professional life involves his work as a studio musician and music producer. 

Dave Hawkins

 Dave Hawkins has recorded and performed with some of the finest people in the music world today: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Sam Bush, Aoife Clancy, Joanie Madden, John Whelan just to name a few…
He’s been called a "male Nanci Griffith" and compared to the likes of Harry Chapin, John Prine and Steve Goodman. A U.K. journalist wrote "...an Americana artist with his Irish roots showing."
His 2002 solo release, HOTEL deVILLE and 2005 release, MANCHESTER MORNINGS
were under consideration for Grammy Nomination. His 2011 release, BEST THAT I CAN continues to receive rave reviews in the US and UK, as does his 2017 release, AS LONG AS WE GET THERE.  Dave tours solo, and with his band THE PERFECT MEN featuring Peg Buchanan .

Bill Tonnis

 Bill is a lay pastoral minister, retreat leader/presenter, chaplain, music minister and singer/songwriter with 4 original music albums titled: Listen to Your Heart; Live to Love; Give Praise and Thanks and Mercy Reigns. He is also the author of a book titled, Mercy Reigns – A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing.

Bill left a successful career as a radio news anchor/reporter to follow a new calling to ministry. After completing a Master of Arts degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Bill left his anchor job at 700 WLW Radio to become a Youth Minister at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish.  Bill now visits shut-ins, hospitals and nursing homes providing pastoral care through words and music. He also greatly enjoys Jail Ministry through the parish where Bill also oversees social justice and service programs.

Bill also writes a devotional blog at 

You can find out more about Bill at his music ministry website: www.BillTonnisMusic.wordpress.com.

His music is available worldwide through iTunes and other download services.


Ed Gutfreund

Ed Gutfreund has performed music throughout his whole career as a songwriter, songleader, therapist and educator. He has contributed to numerous musical events to support efforts that bring peace and justice. He currently works as a body-oriented psychotherapist in Cincinnati seeing clients who are addressing complicated effects of trauma and other life challenges. His latest creative project is a one-man musical play, Working My Way Back…and Forward about a man trying to manage his trauma as he works with his therapist. The music expresses the ups and downs and back and forward of of this character’s healing and development. The play has been presented for therapist’s continuing education and to general audiences, and is also approved for continuing education for professional therapists. Other musical adventures include creating music with his three grandchildren. 

Pierson-Young Project

 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.    

Steve Young,   vocals/guitars

Greg Pierson, vocals/guitars

Leon Robinson, keyboards

Maxwell Pierson, drums & percussion

Maria Moorman, flute/vocal

John Veenemeyer, sax/mandolin/violin

www.pierson-youngproject.com

Michael G. Ronstadt

 An adept multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer, Michael G. Ronstadt has been captivating audiences throughout North America for nearly two decades. A master at his craft, Ronstadt traverses a mélange of musical styles that range from anywhere between folk, jazz, classical, Americana and the wildly ethereal. He lends his talents to a broad range of projects, including solo work and a variety of small ensembles, as well as larger bands. 

 An exceptional musician-composer, Ronstadt creates a masterful canvas with genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics"(Stephanie P. Ledgin, Author, Discovering Folk Music 2011). 


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Bishop Todd O'Neal and the House of Joy Singers

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. Theyperform their music ministry throughout the Cincinnati Area.

 

Paulette Meier

Paulette Meier is a  singer/songwriter, whose strong alto voice has stirred hearts and opened minds for over 30 years in the pursuit of a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Her work as a peace educator led to her award winning CD,Come Join the Circle, LessonSongs for Peacemaking, which is used in classrooms and families around the country to inspire children and help them learn the ways of non-violence. 

  

The Midnight Rose Trio

  The Midnight Rose Trio is a harp, violin, and flute ensemble
specializing in classical, Celtic, and popular music.

Midnight Rose is trained and experienced in performing in classical,
Celtic, folk, and popular music. Combining these different styles, we create a delightful musical atmosphere that can be relaxed and peaceful, solemn and grand, or joyful and lively!

Midnight Rose has performed together for over a decade and has played for literally hundreds of weddings and events.


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Betsy Lippitt

 Betsy is a musician, a therapist and a Tai Chi for arthritis (Sun Style) instructor.

She sings, plays violin and guitar as well as composing and arranging
music. As a solo performer, she does mostly Folk/Jazz type music with a few Old English songs to add color. When performing with the band "Wild Blue Yonder", she sings and plays Blues, Rock and Contempory Country Music. 

She has one solo album of original music and also appears on albums with Therese Edell, Rick Lisak, Chris Collier, just to name a few. http://www.betsylippitt.com/

Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts

 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. 

 Cellist Michael G. Ronstadt, nephew of Queen of Rock Linda Ronstadt, holds a masters degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Ronstadt brings a rich musical heritage and absolute knack for improvising up a storm. 

 Violinist Rose Reidmiller Gowda, a childhood friend of Fisher (her mother was Fisher’s piano teacher), also has a master’s degree from CCM. She has a flair for creative improvisation and for exploring dark and light tones. 

 Bobby Fisher on guitars, mandolin and ukulele, provides tasteful ambient swirls as well as old school face melting solos. 

 Matt Halvorson rounds out the sound with drums and percussion. A true ethnomusicologist his eclectic setup includes a vast array of instruments from Brazil, Pakistan, Peru, Morocco and Spain as well as household gadgets such as brooms and keys. A diamond in the rough, Halvorson tastefully drives the music with thoughtful dynamics and creative rhythms. 

Annie Donnellon Davis

Annie Donnellon Davis is a vocal performance graduate of Northern Kentucky University, specializing in opera and classical music genres. Singing has been her life’s passion for as long as she can remember. Being blind since birth, Annie considers music her visual art.

Through the years, Annie has sung with MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, Jump & Jive Big Band, and currently serves as lead vocalist for the St. Therese Brass Quintet. As a church soloist, she believes that one who sings prays twice.

Maxwell Pierson

Max's interest in music started at the age of 10 as part of the Cincinnati Yellow Jackets Drumline and as a musician at his parish at Mother of Christ Catholic Church where he still serves as a part of the music ministry.  Currently, he plays drums and percussion with the Pierson-Young Project. He is a proud graduate of Northwest High School and currently is an intern at Butler Tech.

Midnight Rose Trio

 

The Midnight Rose Trio is Pamela Jurgens on the harp, Rose Reidmiller Gowda, on the violin, and Anne Cooper on the flue and Irish whistle.  The ensemble specializes in classical, Celtic, and popular music. Midnight Rose is trained and experienced in performing in classical, Celtic, folk, and popular music. Combining these different styles, we create a delightful musical atmosphere that can be relaxed and peaceful, solemn and grand, or joyful and lively!  Midnight Rose has performed together for over a decade and has played for literally hundreds of weddings and events.

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Leon Robinson

Leon Robison is a long-time veteran on the local music scene. Although he is a drummer by trade, Leon is also known for his skills and versatility on the keyboards. He is currently  keyboardist for The Pierson-Young Project and for the Mother of Christ Gospel Choir.

Maria Moorman

Maria  is a member of the Bellarmine Chapel Music  Ministry. She is currently using her music talents as a flautist and vocalist with  The Pierson-Young Project.

John Vennemeyer

John is a gifted musician who plays a variety of instruments. As a member of the Bellarmine Music Ministry, he also uses his musical skills with The Pierson -Young Project.

Tom Sparough

Tom Sparough is a storyteller, juggler, and writer. Beyond his work as a performance artist, he and his wife Geralyn facilitate team-building experiences, days of renewal, and marriage enrichment programs. His latest book is called Ghost Stories to Keep You Alive. Tom is the 2014 Salesian Guild Catholic Communicator of the Year.

Learn more about Tom at:

http://spacepainter.com/

St. Agnes Choir

 The St. Agnes  Choir of Fort Wright Kentucky, under the direction of Bobby Fisher. Has participated most recently on The Pierson-Young Project's release "May You Dwell in Unity". 

St. Agnes Children's Choir

 The St. Agnes  Choir of Fort Wright Kentucky, under the direction of Bobby Fisher. Has participated  most recently on The Pierson-Young Project's release "May You Dwell in Unity".