St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts

Outreach Benefit Concert and Gala


St. Andrew’s is delighted to host the 3rd Annual Benefit Concert and Gala at 3:00 pm on June 17 at Groton School’s beautiful St. John’s Chapel. The Amethyst Chamber Ensemble (Mary Sullivan, soprano; Joelle Morris, mezzo-soprano; John Poupore, viola; Scott Nicholas, piano) returns to the area with an inspired selection of music, from opera to spirituals, serious to humorous. Joining ACE will be Sarah Geller, violin; Will Prapestis, base baritone; and Heinrich Christensen, organ.

Tickets at $25/Adult; $20/Senior or Student. Under 12 is free.

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Date and time

Date: June 17 2018
Time: 3:00 PM


Groton School’s John’s Chapel
282 Farmers Row, Groton, MA 01450


Tickets can be purchased below and can be picked up at the Will Call table on the day of show.

Adult tickets

Adult tickets are $25 each

Senior/Student tickets

Senior/Student tickets are $20 each


Newly created in 2018, the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble breathes fresh life into the music of the great masters, and explores the unexpected connections between them and other works, both ancient and contemporary, and across a wide variety of genres. Lyrical, bold, engaging, and sometimes provocative, these intimate, salon-style performances are accessible to all ages, and appealing to both the chamber music lover and those who are exploring the form for the first time. Amethyst is also committed to musical education and to bringing live music back into the home, through outreach activities on each concert weekend. Tonight's concert features Mary Sullivan, Soprano; Joëlle Morris, Mezzo- Soprano; Will Prapestis, Baritone; Scott Nicholas, Piano; Jon Pourpore, Viola; and special guests Sarah Geller, Violin and Heinrich Christensen, Organ.

Heinrich Christensen

A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen, was appointed Music Director of historic King's Chapel, Boston, in the year 2000 after serving as the affiliate organist under Daniel Pinkham for the last two years of Dr. Pinkham’s 42-year tenure at the church. Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt and has given solo recitals on four continents. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman and several others. The solo CD "Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King's Chapel" (available at was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a "smorgasbord" of "enormous stylistic flexibility". For the past 15 years, he has performed an annual recital as a featured soloist of Boston’s venerable First Night celebrations. In February 2011, he released a recording of Bach’s Clavierübung III. In October 2011, Albany Records released “The Sacred Voice” with works of Graham Gordon Ramsay.

Sarah Geller

Described as “a consummate artist perform[ing] with convincing vigor and passion,” violinist Sarah E Geller has performed to critical acclaim in many prestigious venues as soloist and collaborative artist. Beloved by listeners from coast to coast, Geller continually draws capacity audiences with her rich sound and palette of tone colors and her innate ability to deliver musical messages with a compelling yet gentle touch. Geller creates one-of-a-kind programs as soloist and the founder of her ensemble, SEGUE. She often juxtaposes both the masterworks and unknown gems of the great composers with Latin and jazz-influenced works. Since making her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut as a winner of the Artists’ International Special Presentation Award, Geller continues to perform extensively in her hometown of New York City and beyond with pianists Wenhan Anderson and Cheryl Tschanz. Recent performances have included Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY), the Macon Concert Association (GA), Oyster Bay (NY) Distinguished Artist Series, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Second Sundays and On A Sunday Afternoon at Bruno Walter Auditorium. Praising her performance with Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, at Café Carlyle, The New York Times wrote: “Sarah Geller’s violin did the work of a full string section.” Sarah currently serves on the faculty at The School for Strings. For more information, visit

Joëlle Morris

Originally from Evian, France, Mezzo-Soprano Joëlle Morris has performed throughout Europe and the United States and is admired for her versatility, from the concert stage to the operatic arena, in intimate jazz settings and French cabaret or simply sharing her gifts as voice teacher and coach. Since relocating to Maine in 2011, Joëlle has appeared with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Mentor Orchestra and is regularly a featured artist at Colby College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, the Franco Center, Waterville Opera House, Nordica Auditorium, the Colby Jazz Faculty Ensemble, and the Early Music Festival in Portland. Mrs. Morris is also the co-founding member of the Resinosa Ensemble and the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble in Maine.  In addition to annual summer appearances in France, she is currently a Music Associate in Voice at Colby College, and holds a private studio in central Maine. More info can be found on her website at

Scott Nicholas

Scott Nicholas, pianist, has appeared throughout the U.S. and internationally in solo and chamber performances. He has served as pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Three Irish Tenors, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Concord Women's Chorus and the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition, among numerous others. He records frequently with E.C. Schirmer's Philovox Vocal Ensemble, has been heard on WGBH-FM and WBUR-FM in Boston, and his commercial recordings are available on Albany records. Scott has served as music director for several organizations including Central Square Theater, Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Franklin Performing Arts Company, Suffolk University, the New England Conservatory’s Opera Workshop and St. Michael’s Playhouse, VT. Mr. Nicholas is on the faculty of Emerson College and is a senior lecturer at Suffolk University where he teaches piano and coaches opera and music theater.

Jon Poupore

Jon Poupore recently moved back to his home state of Minnesota after a 10-year sojourn in Maine. While in Portland he worked as Music Librarian for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his free-lance work on violin, viola, and voice. He also maintains a strong interest in period performance.  Recitals have always been Jon’s greatest passion. In the past 20 years, he has led and organized two different monthly recital series, each which ran for two years. Jon has a special affinity for Beethoven and has performed all 9 sonatas on three different occasions.  After downsizing to a charming condo in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, he and his husband James both work at the Breck School where James is the Drama head and Jon subs and teaches after-school strings

Will Prapestis

Heralded for his "stunning florid flourishes" and his "expressive, beautiful" singing, Baritone Will Prapestis performs frequently as a soloist and ensemble member in the U.S. and Europe. He has had the pleasure of singing as a soloist and chorister with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, Renaissance Men — of which he is a founding member — the Orpheus Singers, Exsultemus, BEMF, Cappella Clausura, Labyrinth Choir, Sound Icon, Monadnock Music Festival, Augmented, Copley Singers, Oriana Consort, Boston University Chamber Chorus, and the Fredonia College Choir. Will is also a very busy bass player, thoroughly active in the Boston and New York City Pop Music scenes, performing with as many as five bands as a bass guitarist, vocalist, writer, and arranger. He is also a highly-sought session artist. Will is a native of Elmira, NY, and he earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance at SUNY Fredonia.

Mary Sullivan

Hailed for her “power, suppleness, and expressive depth” soprano Mary Sullivan has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in New England. She has appeared as a recitalist at Bowdoin College’s Studzinski Recital Hall with pianist and Artist in Residence George Lopez, and has been a featured soloist for Opera Maine. Recent repertoire highlights include the Strauss Vier letzte Lieder; Handel’s Messiah; Pergolesi Stabat Mater; the Mozart Requiem; and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. A gifted teacher and vocal coach, Ms. Sullivan is the Artist in Residence with the Oratorio Chorale, where she teaches vocal technique and coaches section sound and musicianship in collaboration with Artistic Director Emily Isaacson. Ms. Sullivan maintains a private voice studio in Brunswick, Maine. “Sullivan unfurled her resplendent soprano… her powerful voice and dramatic conviction made her a worthy successor to Marian Anderson” (Bay Windows, 2003).  “… crystal clear and perfectly pitched interpretation… simply ravishing” (Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald, March 2014)


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Ayer, Massachusetts 01432

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