Today, music has certainly made its mark in Valerie's career path. She has been honored to perform at the Lincoln Memorial Center and Catholic Marketing Network Showcase in King of Prussia. She is comfortable in front of 10 to 1000 people, playing styles such as folk, country, classic rock, big band and inspirational. Valerie has been able to combine her years of classical training with a contemporary sound that tantalizes the ears. Her typical venues include church services, concerts, festivals, restaurants and retirement homes… yet still she finds time to dabble in song-writing.
As a songwriter, Valerie Von Fange taps into the fullness of Christ's teachings, with themes such as Our Lady, purgatory, the Eucharist and the Saints. In 1993, she released Thy Kingdom Come, a project inspired by a religious pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia. In 2001, she helped arrange and sang vocal backup as well as played keyboard on Rachel, a pro-life song that was aired on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock.” In 2005, Valerie co-produced and released her latest CD, Steadfast Love, an eclectic mix of Latin, bluegrass, country, folk and Celtic songs that reinforce the richness of committed love. Steadfast Love (recorded in Nashville, TN) has been receiving nationwide media attention from sources such as The National Catholic Register (Issue: Feb 2006), Faith & Family (Issue: Fall 2006), Sacred Heart Radio and EWTN Radio (AKA: Catholic Jukebox).
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Sharmane’s lovely sound is best described not by the characteristics of her voice, but by the character her music embodies. One hears the sound of sincerity, joy, and the peace that comes from embracing the moment. Listeners might glean a likeness to Jenny Owens or the innocence of a young Olivia Newton John.
The same musical gift Sharmane shares with others of all ages has impacted her own life. Sharmane has been singing her entire life, from performing in pageants and teaching music and voice – to serving as a cantor and singing at numerous church events. She also composed several of her recorded songs. Sharmane was recently the lead singer in John 6, a contemporary Christian band. She currently travels as a concert musician and workshop clinician, performing and speaking at music and liturgy conferences. Sharmane is a member of UCMVA (United Catholic Music & Video Association) and CAM (Catholic Association of Musicians).
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Fr. Hemann was ordained to the Diaconate on May 3, 1984 at St. Peters Basilica in Rome, Italy. He celebrated his ordination to the priesthood on July 20, 1985 at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Fr. Hemann's assignments included: Holy Spirit (Carroll, Ia), St. Mary (Storm Lake, Ia), Little Portion Community (Eureka Springs, AR), Sacred Heart (Boone, Ia), Blessed Sacrament (Sioux City, Ia), St. Anthony (Hospers, Ia), St. Cecelia and St. Joseph (Sanborn and Hartley, Ia), and Marian Hall (Sioux City, Ia). On July 17, 2001, he was assigned as Pastor to Sacred Heart in Ida Grove, Ia. Then one year later took on Our Lady of Good Councel in Holstein Ia. In these assignments, Fr. Hemann has been fully engaged in every kind of pastoral activity proper to a diocesan priest. These assignments have also included 10 years of teaching in both high schools and grade schools. He also has enjoyed working with the youth of the parishes, starting successful youth groups in Boone, Sioux City and Sanborn/Hartley and now in Ida Grove and Holsten. As much as he enjoys working with the youth, Father David is a priest who works well with people of all ages from conception to death to eternal life.
In addition to his regular priestly activities, Fr. Hemann has been engaged in a music ministry before and throughout his priesthood. He believes that music is the language of the people. Father David's music has lent itself to involvement in a number of nation-wide ministries of giving retreats, missions and concerts. One highlight was being a featured artist in the presence of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the first World Youth Day in Rome in 1984 at the English speaking session at Santa Sabina. During 2000-2001, he was released for the period of one year from his regular priestly duties to pursue ministry around the diocese preaching on the themes of spirituality, discipleship, prayer and vocations. Each weekend was spent in a different parish putting on a mission which included regular weekend masses and homilies, a Sunday Evening Concert of original music and sharing the gospel, a Monday Evening talk on "Pruning and Fruitfulness in the Catholic Life" in the context of a reconciliation service, and a Tuesday Evening Healing Mass.
Father David has had the privilege of co-hosting with Msgr. Michael Heras a thirteen part teaching/musical series on EWTN called “Alive with Baptism.” The series itself won the UCMVA 2003 UNITY AWARD for BEST RELIGIOUS TELEVISION PRESENTATION FOR CATHOLIC EVANVELIZATION OF THE YEAR.
Father Hemann will soon appear on the EWTN series called BACKSTAGE which features Catholic musicians from around the country.
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Nancy Krebs started singing at age 3, and hasn't stopped yet! When she was 12, she began playing the violin. That soon led to the guitar and eventually the mandolin. In high school, Nancy began to write songs for Folk Masses and other church services. Ignoring a strong calling to compose full time, she actively pursued a career in theatre, film, radio and TV.
Nancy has performed with professional regional theatres such as Center Stage, Alaska Repertory Theatre and Meadowbrook Theatre. She was a member of the Emmy award winning TV series for PBS called Once Upon a Town. In 1980 she joined the theatre faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts and since 1981 she has been a member of the Interact Story Theatre.
In 1994 Nancy's original calling to compose meditational songs of a spiritual nature could be ignored no longer. Turning the process over to God, Nancy spent 4 years composing music and began recording in 1998. With the guidance and support of her husband, Pete Baden, she has recorded and produced 5 albums; all of which are receiving airplay throughout the world. "What a journey", she says. "God has prepared me for this role all these years. When I look back it's just like a quilt. This is just what I should be doing."
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Trish Foti Genco - Vocalist
Cantor at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. Music director of Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans, LA and Choral Music Director of St. Clement of Rome School. Trish has performed throughout the South including the Dallas-Fort Worth Opera, Robert Shaw Chorale, and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, and numerous regional theatres. Trish studied voice at Texas Christian Univeristy and is a graduate of Louisiana State University. Featured on the 2006 series "Backstage" for EWTN, National Council of Bishops 2006 Easter Mass, WLAE TV weekly Mass broadcast, and Sacred Heart Radio Network.
Dreux Montegut - Pianist
Director of music for the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana where he directs the Cathedral Choir and the St. Louis Boy choir. Dreux has been a member of the Loyola University voice faculty since 1994. He is a graduate of Loyola University and holds a Master's from Eastman School of Music. He holds an Artist-Teacher diploma from the Chorale Music Experience Institute.
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Great news for Catholic music fans! Contemporary Christian praise band News At Eleven has announced the release of their sophomore effort, Here Till The End.
Building on the signature sound from Have You Not Heard, their first CD, this group of talented USC alums has moved out into the "real world" and their music has evolved and grown too. Inspired by a New Year's Eve jam session, Here Till The End features thirteen new original compositions and a greater emphasis on lead vocals.
From the soul filled "See What Love the Father Has" to the acoustic "Fill My Soul", this latest News At Eleven project features something for everyone. The opening track, "Alleluia (Raise Your Voice)" is infectious from the first listening. The CD's final tune, "With the Lord There Is Mercy", featuring awesome baby vocals by Gabriel MacPhail, will leave you wanting to hit the "repeat" button and listen again. High production quality and talented musicianship on every level make this CD a pleasure to listen to and inspire praise and worship with enthusiasm.
Congratulations to News At Eleven on another great recording effort that leaves Catholic music fans staying tuned to see what's next !
Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com
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