Director of Music Ministries at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church – Danny English
A Pittsburgh native, Danny English is a versatile composer comfortable in any medium. A graduate of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, OH, Danny has studied with composers Mandy Fang, James Hirt, and Clint Needham. Recently, Danny was a composer fellow at the 2015 Irish Composition Summer School in Dublin, Ireland and has had performances of his music at multiple festivals, including the La Crosse New Music Festival (2015), the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival (2015), and the Charlotte New Music Festival (2013). In addition, he has contributed music to the Solo Drum Solo project that debuted at the 2014 Rochester Fringe Festival, written for productions at Cleveland Public Theatre and for Cleveland’s Verb Ballets, as well as composed for the dance departments of Baldwin Wallace University and Slippery Rock University (PA). Also an avid jazz musician and composer, Danny has performed his music in venues such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the historic Brothers Lounge. Danny is currently the Director of Music Ministries at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church in Aspinwall, PA, and is pursuing his master’s degree in music composition at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Nancy Galbraith. He also directs the student-led new music group Pittsburgh Performance Innovation Ensemble (PPIE).
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.