Arts at the Abbey
A series of artist concerts, performed in the Abbey Basilica, provides cultural opportunities on the Belmont Abbey College campus for students and the community at large. Performers include locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists and ensembles. Previous seasons have included musicians from Germany, Poland, Venezuela, Peru and Australia. Variety is the key element to the series which features programs from classical guitar to flute and harp or 18th century chamber music with voice.
The concerts are supported in part with funds from The Associated Foundation (Belmont, NC), with assistance from Sam Stowe of Belmont, and Karen Hite Jacob, organist for the Abbey Basilica and Belmont Abbey College.
Belmont Abbey College students needing to receive ‘cultural events credit’ can do so by attending these performances. There is no admission charge, but onations are willingly accepted.
To be on the mailing list or for more information about The Arts at the Abbey program, please call 704-461-6813 .
Persons wishing to make a contribution to this series can send in a check made payable to "Belmont Abbey College: Arts at the Abbey" and mail it to Karen Hite Jacob, Artists Series Coordinator, BAC, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd, Belmont NC 28012 .
The schedule is available at Abbey Arts Concert Schedule
Arts 2013-14 series brochure and donation form
The Abbey Chorus: The Abbey Chorus is the campus choral ensemble made
of up students, faculty and other interested persons. The ensemble primarily performs
sacred works of the past 500 years but also does a variety of secular music from
folksongs to musicals. The chorus is under the direction of Abbey organist Karen
Abbey Wind Ensemble: The wind ensemble is a campus instrumental
group made up of students, faculty or other interested persons. Under the direction
of Samuel P. Stowe, III, they perform two concerts during the academic year and
provide music for other campus events.
Abbey Artists in Residence: Carolina Pro Musica, Karen Hite Jacob, founder, director.
Carolina Pro Musica of Charlotte , North Carolina , was
established in 1977 to promote music before 1800 with historic instrument copies
and in the performance style of the periods. The ensemble has received grants from
state and local arts councils in the Carolinas and the National Endowment for the
Arts. A Christmas music compact disk was funded by the Service Center of the Hearst
Corporation. In the USA, they have performed for consuls general and honorary
consuls of Germany , France , Britain and The Netherlands and have performed
locally with international artists from Poland , Peru and the United Kingdom.
They have offered the American premieres of cantatas by J.A. Hasse, the rediscovered
“Gloria” by Handel and a commissioned work by American composer Margaret
V. Sandresky. Tours abroad have been to Poland and to London where they performed four
programs including music at Handel's House. 2013 was the 35th anniversary
season for their early music concerts in the Charlotte area. They have been
artists-in-residence at Belmont Abbey College since 2002.
Carolina Pro Musica
Karen Hite Jacob, director, harpsichord
Rebecca Miller Saunders, soprano
Holly Wright Maurer, viola da gamba, recorder
Edward Ferrell, recorder, traverso, voice