Parish Musicians

         Dr. Terry Heisey

Terry Heisey is the Head Organist and Director of Music at Saint Luke’s.  Dr. Heisey began piano studies under his mother, Dorothy Heisey.  Later, he studied organ with local teachers including Pierce Getz, Kenneth Landis, and Timothy Albrecht.  While in high school he became Organist at First Evangelical Congregational Church in Palmyra and later served as choir director.  Heisey has served as Organist at Hope Lutheran Church in College Park, MD, Organist and Choir Director at Shells Lutheran Church in Shellsville PA, and Music Director at Friedens Lutheran Church, Myerstown PA.  He has given recitals at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York City as well as several churches in Central PA.  He and Choirmaster Bill Claxton founded the Saint Luke’s Festival Choir and have directed the annual series of monthly Evensongs and Concerts.  

 

      Bill rehearsing the Choir

Bill Claxton is Saint Luke’s Choirmaster. In addition to his responsibilities with the choir, Bill also maintains both of our organs through his organ building and maintenance company.

 

 

 

  

An Important Organ Demo!

Jason Yannuzzi is Saint Luke’s Sub-Organist and the Men’s Section Leader in the Chancel and Festival Choirs.  Jason studied Music and Education at Saint Mary’s College of Southern Maryland and studied both Voice and Organ.  At Saint Mary’s, he was the Organ Scholar of Trinity Episcopal Church which is located on campus.  Trinity’s Organ Scholar program was a partnership with the National Cathedral who used Trinity as a Summer retreat for the Boys of the Choir in exchange for the training of an organist student.  In this manor, Jason studied at the National Cathedral for five years and also sang as a member of the Choir of Men and Boys.  His teachers have included cathedral organists Nicholas White, Douglas Major, and Mark Laubach.  Jason has served as the Sub-Organist at Saint Luke’s for four years and sings in the Chancel and Festival Choirs.  This year, Jason gained Service Playing Certification by the National Guild of Organists.  In addition to being a musician, Jason is also a Coast Guard certified professional mariner, and Appalachian Trail 2000-Miler, a master kite designer and flyer, and a support professional for persons with special needs.

 

 

   Sean in Formal Black

Sean Hackett offers music at Saint Luke’s in several ways, most often as the musician at our Saturday Vigil Services.  Has been the director of choirs at Conrad Weiser High School in Western Berks County for more than twenty years. As current artistic director of the Lebanon County Choral Society, he has conducted the Pinkham Christmas Cantata, parts I and VI of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which featured Brian Gibson in the title role. He is also the director of the Hershey Symphony Chorus, for which he prepared the chorus in its inaugural season’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He was the artistic director of the Cumberland Singers for several years and has guest-conducted various area choral ensembles. As a member and occasional soloist with the Susquehanna Chorale, Sean performed several major choral works with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor at Alvernia College and is a regular cooperating teacher for Lebanon Valley College and West Chester University. He has studied choral conducting at the graduate level with Mark Mecham, Linda Tedford, James Jordan, and Larry Edwards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from West Chester University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Messiah College. Sean also graces us with his trumpet playing on feast days and vocal offerings on special occasions.