Siesta Key Chapel, Presbyterian Welcomes New Interim Music Director

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Siesta Key Chapel welcomes Dr. Martha Stiehl as Interim Music Director. She is a professional harpsichordist and organist, specializing in music of the Baroque. A native of Illinois, she earned her degrees from Millikin University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also studied organ at Northwestern University with Wolfgang Rubsam, in Paris with Marie Claire Alain, and with Viennese organist/composer Anton Heiller. Her harpsichord studies were with Arthur Haas at Eastman and Yale, and with Charlotte Moersch at Illinois. Martha has been a featured soloist as well as continuo member of orchestras and ensembles throughout the USA and Europe. The New York Times reviewed her performance of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos as “an utter joy.” She is a former faculty member at University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was founder and director of the all-women Baroque ensemble, The Bach Babes. She has had the privilege of working with noted traditional and baroque musicians such as Helmuth Rilling, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zucherman, Kathleen Battle, Nic McGegan, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Phoebe Carrai. Martha’s goals for the music program at Siesta Key Chapel include coordination of Sunday music with the lessons, assembling programs for adults and children (choral and bells), introducing and training musicians for liturgical work, as well as presenting recitals/concerts.

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