Christmas Concerts

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John Arnn

John Arnn taught commercial/jazz piano and related courses in theory and improvisa- tion at Belmont Univer- sity’s School of Music from 1981 before his retirement in 2007. In 1998 he took a six- month sabbatical, study- ing composition with English composer/arranger Bob Chilcott in London and Oxford. He has previously published works with Alliance Music Publications, Fema Publications, Lorenz, and Selah Publishing. He maintains an active career as a composer, arranger, and performer in the Nashville area. An active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, he actively supports Westminster’s music program by performing, composing and arranging for choral and handbell ensembles. His original children’s musical, Our Man Sam, based on I Samuel was produced in 2008 at West- minster and his latest musical for children, And God Said. . . . was presented June, 2011. In July 2016 he published his debut mystery novel, Jaheewah — God Of The Winds, and in August 2017 released his CD, Alone.

Karen Renée Robb

Karen Renée Robb, the founder of Frame Drum Wisdom, is a vocal and visual artist with over 25 years of vocal performance experience. Her passion for sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm and creative essence through the use of the frame drum. She is dedicated to her ministry of engaging people in the true power of live sound and music. Karen Renée is also the founder of The Music City Alliance For Sound & Music Healing; a Reiki Master Teacher; and a Universal Life Minister. For more information, visit

Steve Lindsey

Steve Lindsey is Director of Music Ministries and Administrator at Edgehill United Methodist Church, where he is accompanist for Sunday worship services. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Music Education at Auburn University and was accompanist for the show choir, Auburn University Singers. Steve is also a regular accompanist here in Wightman Chapel for Tuesdays in the Chapel, and most recently, Wednesday worship at the Upper Room Chapel.

Dewayne Pigg

Dewayne Pigg plays oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn in the Middle Tennessee area. Dewayne is currently a Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and coordinator of the Music Industry Concentration degree program. Mr. Pigg has also served as a faculty member at Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Freewill Baptist College, Trevecca University, Belmont University, as well as the Governor’s School for the Arts of Tennessee. As co-founder and managing director of the Stones River Chamber Players at MTSU, he has also recorded works by William Grant Still, Henry Cowell, and Madeline Dring, soundtracks for Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, and recorded with such stars as John Denver, Johnny Cash, Mel Tillis, Erlene Mandrell and others. Mr. Pigg is a former member of the Belmont Chamber Winds, the Camarata Musicale, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and as solo English horn with the Nashville Symphony. He is the artistic director of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble.

Emmanuel J. LeGrair

Emmanuel began singing in church at the age of three where his parents recognized and encouraged the special gift that they had seen in him and his brothers. Later in his schooling years, he was enrolled in a performing arts magnet schools where he developed a love for more genres of music; classical, chamber, a capella, jazz, and more. More recently and while in Ohio, he has with his brothers released an album, been featured in several works and concerts produced by the Summit Choral Society and The Akron Symphony’s Gospel Meets Symphony. In 2012, he performed the role of ‘Sportin’ Life’ in Akron Symphony’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and was then featured in Akron Symphony’s Opera’s Greatest Moments where he sang portions of La Traviata and Otello. Other performances include the Tuscarawas Symphony’s Gospel Extravaganza, and as ‘Jean-Marc’ in Paul: A Musical Journey, a musical adaptation the life of the Biblical figure, Paul. He has also offered background vocals to numerous local and national recording artists such as The Nashville Recording Symphony, Zach Williams, Jennifer Mekel, Swoope, and the internationally acclaimed artist, Nelly. Since moving to Nashville in 2013 and completing graduate school at Vanderbilt in 2015, the allure of Music City has been calling. He is happy to share his gifts with all audiences in hopes of connection through music.

Kevin Madill

Originally from Indiana, Kevin has lived in Nashville since 1981. He has played on and / or arranged for over 3000 recordings and 2000 live shows for artists like Tony Bennett, Leon Russell, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Hornsby and countless others. Kevin is also Director of Music Ministries at Howard Congregational Church in Nashville, and a member of the trio for Vespers And All That Jazz at Scarritt Bennett.

Connye Florance

Connye Florance is an award-winning vocalist and actress whose accolades and career credits include honors as “Jazz Vocalist Of The Year “; Nashville Grammy Nomination for Album of The Year, (Turn My Heart) and live performances at venues across the country. She has toured with Columbia Artists and American Negro Playwright Theater; hosted an educational series for PBS; has released two studio albums and two live releases; and been featured on a variety of music festival and jazz club stages.

Connye teaches vocal performance at Nashville Jazz Workshop, where she has also served as Vocal Jazz Camp Director and as former Executive Board President. She enjoys her role as volunteer reader for Vespers and All That Jazz, and is honored to have provided special music for several events at Scarritt Bennett Center