Organist James David Hildreth

James D. Hildreth received a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He received a Master of Sacred Music with emphasis in Choral Conducting from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. From 1982-87 Mr. Hildreth was Director of Music Ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Griffin, Georgia, where he was responsible for a graded program of children’s, youth, adult, and handbell choirs. During this time, he was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw.

Since 1987 Mr. Hildreth has been Organist of the Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. He is active in the American Guild of Organists, and has served in several capacities in the local Columbus Chapter, including coordinating and serving as judge for local and regional AGO competitions.

Mr. Hildreth writes reviews of compact disc recordings and videos for the official journal of the AGO, The American Organist. He has served as Organist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 1988, and has performed as organist and harpsichordist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. He has served as Organist for the annual Cymanfa Ganu (Hymn Sing) of the Welsh Society of Central Ohio for many years. He teaches organ privately and is Instructor in Organ at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has given organ recitals at various locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Chicago (Fourth Presbyterian), New York State (Houghton College and New York City’s Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue), and the historic Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Massachusetts. He performed for the 2003 national convention of the Organ Historical Society in South Central Pennsylvania. In November 2004 he was the first American to perform at the Organ Hall in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Jim and his wife, flutist Valorie Adams-Hildreth, perform together as Duo Celeste.

Flautist Valerie Adams-Hildreth

A Columbus native, Valorie discovered her passion for flute at the young age of ten. She participated in the Columbus Cadet and Youth Orchestras, winning first place in the Columbus Symphony High School Division Competition her senior year.

Valorie earned her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Bonita Boyd. Her education continued at Duquesne University, where she completed her Master of Music degree in flute performance with Bernard Z. Goldberg. Advanced masterclasses with Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Walfrid Kujala, SamBaron, Marcel Moyse, and William Bennett have continued to in spire her. Alexander technique classes with Liisa Ruoho, Lea Pearson, and Nancy Andrew enhanced the way she plays and teaches.

Currently, Valorie is a freelance flutist in Columbus and teaches private lessons. She has performed with Capriccio Columbus and Opera Project Columbus as well as in area churches. She is flute soloist in the CD Whispers of Mary, released in October 2016, and in the CD All Is Calm, release in 2019. She performs with her husband, organist/pianist James D. Hildreth as Duo Celeste, the Silverwood Trio (flute, violin, cello), and with harpist Miriam Weber Brown.

 

WSCO 2020 Virtual Cymanfa Program

The video will be on YouTube (titled as above) starting on Sunday, October 18th, 2020.

 

NOTE:  Due to any unforeseen technical difficulties, ‘congregational’ song sets might not be in the listed order below.

 

Opening Remarks                                                    Michael Schroeder, WSCO Board President

US National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner)       United States Air Force Band and Chorale

Invocation                                                                                          Bob Penry

Instrumental                                                                                                                     

     Prelude on Rhosymedre                                       Ralph Vaughan Williams

                                                     James Hildreth, organ

Congregational Singing                                           Music provided by the Welsh North                                                                                            American Association

                Diadem
                Penpark
                Sanctus

Instrumental 

                Suo Gan (Traditional Lullaby)                                       Arr. Robert Bryan
                Clychau Aberdyfi (The Bells of Aberdovey)            Arr. Arthur Somervell

                         Valorie Adams-Hildreth, flute, and James Hildreth, piano

Congregational Singing                                                Music provided by the Welsh North                                                                                             American Association

                Cwm Rhondda
                Calon Lan

 

Welsh National Anthem (Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau)             86th Annual National Gymanfa Ganu

Benediction                                                                  Eve Goodwyn

 The Welsh Society of Central Ohio has provided a virtual Cymanfa Ganu thanks to a committee made up of board members: Cindy Williamson, Bob Penry, and Eve Goodwyn.

 The program is shorter than our original Cymanfa at two ‘congregational’ song sets, with recordings used by permission from the Welsh North American Association.  It incorporates recordings from guest musicians, including long-time organist, James Hildreth, and his flutist wife, Valorie Adams-Hildreth. We have a memorials section for those who passed in the last year, as well as our normal section where people can list whom they’d like to honor. There are pictures of past WSCO events, and nearly all of the parts a normal Cymanfa would have. We think you’ll be pleased with the result. 

 Following is the outline of the program to be run on YouTube (type in WSCO 2020 Virtual Cymanfa Ganu) on the slated day of this year’s Cymanfa, October 18, 2020. It will likely be on YouTube for a month.  Be sure to check for updates here or on FaceBook by searching for Welsh Society of Central Ohio.

 There is also be an electronic donation link available below

  
Let us raise our voices in celebration, together in spirit, as we experience this virtual presentation!

Please click on the donate button to be taken to PayPal to make a donation. Then simply change the value to the amount you want to donate.  The link to the Cymanfa Ganu is https://youtu.be/d4-qrLPYW9o

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