Program to be proud of...Sacred Home

SACRED HOME Presented at Second Sunday South of the James at Bon Air Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 4pm.

God fully expects the church of Jesus Christ to prove itself a miraculous group in the very midst of a hostile world.  Christians, of necessity, must be in contact with the world but in being and spirit ought to  be separated from the world. --- and as such we should be the most amazing people in the world.  A W Tozer 1897-1963

“If with all your hearts”  Recitative & Aria from Elijah   Felix Mendelssohn
“Simple song” from Mass Leonard Bernstein
The Water is wide arr. Brant Adams

I am a part of Your living body, Lord Jesus, Fill me afresh with Your Spirit and open my eyes of faith so that I might understand not just in theory, but in day to day living, what it means to be a part of your body.  Teach me to think Your thoughts, to see with Your eyes, to hear with Your ears---to live and move and have my very existence in You.

Pieta Signore att. A. Stradella
“Benedictus” from B Minor Mass JS Bach
My Shepherd will supply my need arr. Brant Adams

“Comfort ye & Every Valley” from Messiah GF Handel

Throughout the history of Christianity, people have been inspired to draw closer to God and God’s ways through paintings, poems, music, and more recently, books and films. Although these inspiring items were not always intentionally Christian, God used them as channels of grace to draw people closer. James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God. It seems that music that is wholesome and excellent must also be a gift from God.

Praise to the Lord arr. Brant Adams
Psalm XXIII   Paul Creston
The Holy City Stephen Adams


The Artist's Perspective Artists are interested in expressing the human condition. They are interested in all of life. As an art form, classical music explores every facet of the human condition: pain, passions, conflict, disappointments, as well as love, joy, peace, self-control, and much more. As music gives a broad picture of human experience, it provides a tremendous gift to the church. It shows something of the need for God in daily life outside the church’s walls. It also speaks of the presence of God wherever we find ourselves.

COME THOU FOUNT -    Charles Hulin IV
-Invocation --"come thou fount of every blessing"
-Testimony --"amazing grace"
-Offertory -- "there is a fountain"
-Sermon -- "what wondrous love is this"
-Invitation --"come ye sinners poor and needy"
-Postlude --"shall we gather at the river"

How sweet is Your presence when Your church worships according to Your word.  Put your praise on our lips, O Lord!  Put your truth in our mouths and cause us to rejoice in Your company. May the teaching and revelation You impart through us bring strength to Your body and glory to Your name. (paraphrase: Prov 27:17)

About the artists:

Tenor, Jeff Prillaman is the co-founder of the Da Capo Institute in Richmond VA, an organization committed to building musical communities and musicians. His versatile repertoire and experience has provided performances venues ranging from Dvorak Hall in Prague, to opera and concert stages in Italy, France, and Germany, to the vaunted stages at Lincoln Center in New York City. While completing his Master of Music degree on full scholarship at the Juilliard School, he was a winner of the NY Vocal Artist Competition and enjoyed a Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York. Mr Prillaman has recorded with Phillips, Elysium and Chesky records.
In addition to his solo performance career, Mr. Prillaman is an accomplished conductor with a passion for ministry through music in the local community. He holds a Bachelors of Music, summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ. Most recently, he was the Minister of Music for Branch’s Baptist Church in Richmond, and he is now a proud member and deacon at Huguenot Road Baptist Church with his wife, Tracee, and four wonderful children, Alyssa, Emma, Joshua, and Clara.
More on Mr. Prillaman’s career and other activities can be found online at and at

Flutist, Heidi Thurmond is a founding faculty member of the Da Capo Institute teaching both flute and piano, a member of Da Capo’s Senior Faculty, and Lead Teacher for VIVO a cutting edge music education program for students with special needs. Mrs. Thurmond holds a Bachelor’s degree in flute performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and received a Master’s degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas where she also continued graduate study in flute performance.
She currently studies with Mary Boodell of the Richmond Symphony and her past teachers have included Francile Bilyeu, Susan West, John Boulton, Chris Ertell, and Emily Skala of the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore Symphony.  As a professional flutist, Heidi is an active freelance performer, providing music for weddings, church services, and special events throughout the greater Richmond area. She is currently performing with the Richmond Pops Band and has also performed with the Capital City Summer Wind Band and Richmond Concert Band.
Mrs. Thurmond is an active member of Huguenot Road Baptist Church, singing in the adult choir and performing with the HRBC Festival Orchestra. She also enjoys teaching preschool music classes for the Child Development Center. A longtime resident of Midlothian, she attended Robious Elementary and Middle Schools and Midlothian High School. She is happily married to Jon, and the proud mother of two wonderful boys, Jacob and Daniel.

Pianist, Charles Staples  A native of Alabama and an honors graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Staples received his early training under Witold Turkiewicz. After winning the Van Cliburn full-tuition scholarship to Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, he entered college after his junior year of high school on an early admission program and began his studies with internationally acclaimed pianist David Bar-Illan. While in Cincinnati he played with the CCM Concert Orchestra twice — with the Congress of Strings under Milton Katims and the North Carolina Symphony. He won prizes in the MTNA Southern Division Competition and the Bryan Young Artist Competition, as well as competitions at the conservatory. He also made several appearances as soloist and accompanist on Cincinnati’s public radio station, WGUC.
Upon graduating magna cum laude, he was given an assistantship to study piano with Martin Canin at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received his master’s and doctoral degrees there, winning prizes in the Five Towns and Sunwood competitions. He also represented Stony Brook on WQXR radio in a series on New York’s top-five music schools. After graduation, he was chosen to open the 1984 Select Debut Series in New York City’s historic Town Hall. Since coming to Richmond, he has played numerous recitals and has appeared in chamber music, orchestral concerts and over public radio on WCVE. He has also held the position of visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Richmond.

Staples has held teaching and church music positions in Alabama, New York and Texas and is currently director of music ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va. He is on the music faculties of the University of Richmond and VCU and along with practicing piano, he practices martial arts as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Staples has performed as soloist with both the Richmond Symphony in Liszt’s “Totentanz” and the Richmond Philharmonic in Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto,” Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Piano Concerto” and in Tchaikovsky’s “1st Concerto.” “[He] proved yesterday to be fully up to the technical and expressive demands of the Rachmaninoff concerto … the pianist lifted more than 300 listeners out of their seats in a cheering ovation after a performance that was both bravura and lyrically sensitized.” After his first recital in Richmond, Richmond News Leader music critic Francis Church wrote that Staples “is a pianist of prodigious talent, fire and thunder, blood and guts … this was no metronomic key-banging. It was piano playing that reached to the listeners’ emotional jugular veins!”

Talent is a Sign of God Talent is a sign of God. In the abilities of gifted composers and performers we see some indication of God’s glory and completeness. God’s creativity underlies creative human achievement.


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