What have J.W. Pepper employees been doing when not talking to our customers, ordering stock and filling orders? Rehearsing and performing holiday music, of course! Here’s a sampling of what some of us are up to this season:
As the director of music at Paoli Presbyterian Church, I am performing Joel Raney’s A Thrill of Hope with the 60-voice Festival Choir and a 30-piece full orchestra, as well as services with the choir, bell choir, and brass ensemble. We will be presenting The Case of the Reluctant Innkeeper for our children’s service. I am also singing a cappella carols with The Brandywine Singers.
Amy McLoughlin, Church Choral Editor, Corporate Headquarters
My church, the First United Methodist Church of Noblesville, Indiana, does a big concert the Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas Eve with our 90-voice choir, orchestra, handbells, harp, and gospel quartet. I’ll be playing handbells and singing with the choir, including a solo part in one anthem. Russ will also be singing with the choir.
Betsy Bullis, Marketing and Russ Bullis, V.P./Regional Marketing Manager, Pepper Indiana
My community theater group is singing at a community tree lighting, and I’m conducting a community orchestra concert. At First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, I have music happening with a handbell choir, a children’s choir, and an adult choir, as well as playing all of the organ music for services this month.
Ken Brown, Inventory Management, Corporate Headquarters
I sing with my church choir and we will be leading worship the Sunday before Christmas with Tom Fettke’s Majesty of Heaven. We will also sing at two area malls, using some of the selections from Majesty plus some other lighthearted selections. I’ll also be singing at a nursing home with a local ladies’ chorus, the Marion County Melody Makers.
Debbie Gallagher, Marketing, Pepper Indiana
I will be singing with the VocalEssence Chorus in the Welcome Christmas concert series and with the St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in our Lessons and Carols services. I’m also rehearsing the St. Mark’s Small Singers (ages 4-7) for their solo performance of Silent Night at our Christmas Eve service, as well as planning, rehearsing and performing with my mother and brother for the Christmas service at my family’s church, and teaching traditional carols to my piano and voice students
Rebecca Poppke, Marketing, Pepper Minnesota
I played the French horn at Carnegie Hall for Tim Janis: The American Christmas Carol with a tribute to Darlene Love (2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee). I’m also playing at a New Year’s Eve concert with the New Holland Band. My wife Jodi is playing the flute in both concerts — it’s a family affair!
Mickey Jianniney, Marketing, Corporate Headquarters
I direct the Indy Adult Show Choir, which is having a Christmas show. I also sing with my church choir, and we will be providing music for our Christmas Day service.
Heather Pechin, Marketing, Pepper Indiana
I’ll be singing in a winter choral gala with The East Bay Oratorio Singers at California State University, East Bay (my alma mater) as well as singing a “Glorious Christmas” concert with The New Choir.
David Song, Marketing, Pepper Northern California
As organist at Grove United Methodist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania, I’m involved with a Hanging of the Greens service. The next day, we do our cantata, There is a Rose, at three worship services. We also have four Christmas Eve Services and one service on Christmas Day.
Bob Johns, Inventory Management, Corporate Headquarters
My group is the Note-Able Singers located in Bloomington, Minnesota. We are an all-women show choir with 16 members. This year for Christmas we are singing 17 Christmas songs of the season, taking you through themes of snow, Santa, bells, and carols.
Chrystal Marty, Marketing, Pepper Minnesota
My son and I will be playing a piano/organ duet for the Christmas Eve service at Faith Reformed Church in Levittown, Pennsylvania. My son and daughter will be singing with the choir for Sing Noel, Noel!, which I’m playing and conducting.
Jen Tolnay, Social Media Supervisor, Corporate Headquarters
I’m Principal Euphonium and Associate Conductor with the Piedmont Wind Symphony based here in Winston-Salem. In our holiday concert, the opening portion is the wind symphony alone and then the remainder of the program will be the wind symphony backing up Paul Anka in one of his first concerts of his holiday tour since the release of his new Christmas CD last month.
Jeff Whitsett, V.P./Regional Marketing Manager, Pepper North Carolina
We all play in the percussion section of the Warminster Symphony Orchestra. Our December concert features music by Beethoven and Berlioz, as well as holiday selections.
Amy Stahl, Product Evaluation, Corporate Headquarters; Mike Tatman, Marketing; and George Class, Marketing, Pepper Pennsylvania
I participated as a flutist in the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra Holiday.
Linda Schmidt, V.P./Regional Marketing Manager, Pepper North Dakota
I am singing in the Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia’s Christmas concert at Notre Dame de la Mer in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. We’ll be performing holiday selections with a full orchestra.
Cecelia Chaisson, Customer Service, Corporate Headquarters
I am the music director at my church, Zion Hill Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia, and will be directing our Christmas cantata, On Christmas Day, which is filled with beautiful carols from around the world. I will also be doing our Christmas Day carol service. We will put our piano in the middle of the sanctuary and have folks sit in a circle around it and sing carols together. It is a very casual service, modeled after the “Homecoming” videos that are shown on television all of the time.
Doug McComas, Marketing, Pepper Georgia
Sue and I were involved in our church’s live nativity drive-through, as angels singing carols in the choir. We had 560 cars drive through! We are also involved in our church’s Christmas production of The First Noel by Randy Vader & Jay Rouse. Sue sings in the choir, and I am the drumset player for this Christmas production at Church of the Open Door, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
George Class, Marketing, Pepper Pennsylvania & Sue Class, Customer Service, Corporate Headquarters
All of us at J.W. Pepper wish all of you a very happy and musical holiday season!