Director of Music Ministries at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church – Danny English
A Pittsburgh native, Danny English is a versatile composer, performer, and educator with interests spanning many fields. With music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Baldwin Wallace University, Danny is thrilled to bring his passion for music to the community of Aspinwall and is honored to serve the congregation of the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church. Music ministry has been a very important aspect of Danny’s life and he has served numerous churches of various denominations throughout the Pittsburgh region for many years. As a composer and performer, Danny and his music have been featured in concerts, conferences, and festivals across the United States and in Europe and as a teacher, he has presented his ideas about music composition at universities as well as instructed young children the art of learning the piano and music theory. Danny is grateful for the opportunity to share his love of music with the people of the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church and he looks forward to meeting you once he finally finishes playing his weekly postlude.
Frequently joining us is Aspinwall Presbyterian favorite, flutist Ali Dettmer. Ali is a student at Carnegie Mellon University and already leads an exciting career performing and teaching.
Fox Chapel native Griffith Gentilcore brings joy to our service by playing his trumpet. He is an alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory, and performs with fellow alumnus and Music Director Danny English. Bringing their talents together in genres both sacred and secular make for a truly special worship experience.
The Musical Instruments at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church
The Luley and Associates, Inc. Organ was dedicated on June 23, 2002 during the morning service. A dedicatory recital was given that afternoon by J. David Hart. The program included works by J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Handel, Franck, Alain and Vierne. Mr. Hart also included his own improvisations on hymn tunes “Let Us Break Bread Together” and “Ar hyd y nos” (All Through the Night). The organ is a gift from numerous people.
The specifications are as follows:
Great Organ (unenclosed)
8′ Chimney Flute
8′ Viole (from Swell)
8′ Viole Celeste (from Swell)
4′ Chimney Flute
2′ Super Octave
2′ block Flute (common top octave with Super Octave)
III Mixture (from Swell, one octave lower)
8′ Trumpet (from Swell)
Swell to Great 16′, 8′, 4′
Swell Organ (enclosed)
16′ Viole (#1-12 electronic extension, remainder from 8′ Viole)
8′ Principal (#1-12 from Viole and Stopped Flute)
8′ Stopped Flute 1 1/3′ Quint (from Nazard)
8′ Viole III Scharf
8′ Viole Celeste 16′ Contra Oboe
4′ Octave 8′ Trumpet
4′ Flute 8′ Oboe
2 2/3′ Nazard 4′ Clarion
2′ Octave Tremolo
2′ Flute Swell to Swell 16′, 4′
1 3/5′ Tierce
16′ Principal 16′ Contra Trumpet
16′ Bourdon 8′ Trumpet (Swell)
8′ Principal 8′ Clarion (Swell)
8′ Stopped Flute (from Swell)
8′ Viole (from Swell)
III Mixture (from Swell)
32′ Principal (Electronic)
The Yamaha 5’8″ Conservatory piano (a gift in memory of John T. Howat, Jr.) was dedicated on December 15, 2002, with a recital given by Edward Kuhn, Jr. His recital included works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Debussy, Granados and hymn tunes arranged by Callahan, Sedio, Marter, Young and Yeager. The 21 chimes on the organ (given in memory of Walter Laubach) were also dedicated at this recital in 2 duets with Lynne Williams, organ.
The Kawai studio piano in the choir room was given by Dr. Kathy Counihan.
Two octaves of Malmark Handbells were purchased in 1996, gifts from numerous people.