Second Thursday of the Month
We encourage people of all ages and levels of interest in classical music to join us for a one-hour concert and coffee! There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering basket will be available in the back of the Sanctuary. 50% of the proceeds will go to Feed NM Kids, an organization set to end childhood hunger in New Mexico. The rest of the offering will be used to pay for the food as well as pay our hard-working performers.
Each concert provides the audience with the performers' knowledge of their pieces and the main composer being presented. Audience members are encouraged to record on their phones, using the hashtag #commontime.
Common Time Concert Series takes place on the second Thursday of the month in the Sanctuary of St. John's United Methodist Church from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. The goal is to further the education of classical music in the community, while sharing in fellowship and conversation. All ages welcome!
There will be refreshments provided before, during, and after the concert, and the performers will be around to talk about the music!
Mozart & Macarons
Bach & Banana Bread
Amy Beach & Apple Pie
Schubert & Streusel
Beethoven & Bundt Cake
Debussy & Doughnuts
Boulanger & Brownies
April 9 (tentative)
Schumann & Strudel
Brahms & Birthday Cake
Haydn & Honeybuns
Amy Rosendall, Flute
Amy Rosendall is a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico where she received her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance. During her graduate studies at UNM, she held the principal flute position in both the Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Symphony, and she was a recipient of the Friends of Music scholarship. Amy received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Central Michigan University where she discovered her passion for chamber music. She presented at the Michigan Music Conference about the importance of developing large ensemble skills through chamber music settings. After moving to Albuquerque, she enjoyed playing in numerous recitals with the Sandia Winds woodwind quintet and regularly performed in K-12 schools throughout the state.
An accomplished solo musician as well, Amy has performed concertos with several ensembles in both New Mexico and Michigan, including her performance of Franz Doppler's Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise with the UNM Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the university's annual concerto competition. She is currently in the process of recording her first solo album, featuring works written for solo flute from the Baroque era to the twentieth century, which is expected to be released in late 2019.
Since graduating, Amy has been an active performer in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. She has performed with Opera Project Columbus, Abrepaso Flamenco, Musicians for Musicians, as well as several other projects in collaboration with artists in the Albuquerque area. In addition to performing, Amy is a barista at a local coffee shop. She enjoys spending her free time doing embroidery, rock climbing, eating, and playing with her five-month-old kitten, Finn.
Lorenzo Gallegos is a violinist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is seventeen years old and has been playing the violin for about 7 years. He is currently a senior in high
school. He began playing the violin in middle school at the beginning of sixth grade when the orchestra teacher came into his art class and played a simple fiddle song on
the violin, asking if anyone wanted to join orchestra, he promptly talked to her and got his schedule changed which was the beginning of his love of classical music. Lorenzo’s
first love of music was while listening to Albuquerque’s Mariachi Tenampa at age 3. He listened to and obsessed over mariachi music for 2 years. Lorenzo had the opportunity to study with Lenny Felberg and now studies with David Felberg. During his high school years he has participated in the UNM Summer Strings Institute for 3 years, NM All-State all three years (first in state in 2019), won 3rd and 2 nd place in the Jackie Mcghee Young
Artist competition, played with the UNM Symphony Orchestra for 3 years, performed with many chamber ensembles, several Musicians for Musicians concerts, master classes, Opera Southwest, Texas String’s Camp in Austin and had the honor of attending Boston University of Tanglewood Institute this summer, which was life-changing.
A native of Brazil, Gabriel Longuinhos began learning the piano in 2005 at the age of 17 in his hometown of Santos, Brazil, where he performed in his first recitals. He earned his B.A. from the University of Campinas in 2012 under the guidance of renowned Brazilian pianist Maria José Carrasqueira; he also worked as the resident vocal pianist, a position which he held for two years, playing in the studios of Profs. Adriana Kayama and Luciano Simões. In the interim, he performed in numerous concerts, including a solo recital in the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MuBE) as well as a voice and piano recital with Dr. Simões, both in São Paulo city. As of 2017, Gabriel has finished a dual Master’s degree in Collaborative and Solo Piano under Juilliard alumna Pamela Pyle, during which he held an assistantship as a resident collaborative pianist, working intensely with the great chamber, vocal and solo piano literature; he was also a recipient of the Friends of Music scholarship. Gabriel was part of New Mexico New Music contemporary music ensemble for two years, and worked as a collaborative pianist at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gabriel currently holds a position as the pianist at the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, and freelances in the area.
A Connecticut native, Shea Perry is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico where she studied Vocal Performance. She holds a dual Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is a soprano, music teacher, and arts administrator. She teaches choir at the Young Musician Initiative and St. John's United Methodist Church. Along with singing, Shea enjoys photography, classical music, her cats, and long walks on the beach. Recently Shea has been featured as a soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Bach's Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, and Bach's Weihnachts Oratorium. Shea sings with Quintessence Choral Artists, Opera Southwest, and was most recently featured as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic in the Fauré Requiem.
A Texas native, Jessica Retana is graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she received a Masters in Violin Performance and studied with Diane Kitzman, Principal First Violinist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Prior to SMU, Jessica received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Violin Performance from Belmont University where she studied with Elisabeth Small, former Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, as well as Alison Gooding Hoffman, First Violinist of the Nashville Symphony. Jessica has played in many symphonies in Nashville and Dallas, and since her recent move to Albuquerque she has enjoyed playing in local ensembles including the San Juan Symphony. In addition to performing, Jessica is a violin teacher and early childhood music educator that uses the Suzuki Method to teach music to children from birth. She teaches Suzuki Music & Movement classes to children ages 0-4 and expecting mothers, as well as Suzuki Violin Lessons to children ages 4-18. She also teaches Intermediate/Advanced violin students and focuses on the importance of taking care of your body while playing the violin. Jessica is the founder of The Well-Balanced Violin Studio and her aim to cultivate a life-long love of music in each student.
Crystal began performing and teaching at the auspicious age of 15 when she founded and directed Morgan Valley Strings, a community orchestra program. Almost fifteen years, hundreds of concerts, and countless students later, Crystal has performed in symphonic and chamber groups all across the Southwest and taught violin, viola, orchestra and early childhood music in public, private and charter schools, youth symphonies and music camps. She has served as section coach to the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, adjudicator in New Mexico All State, regional and state solo and ensembles, and clinician to many middle and high school groups. Formal Education includes studying Music Education and Viola Performance at Weber State University under the direction of Dr. Michael Palumbo. She graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico where she studied String Pedagogy and Viola Performance with Susan Kempter and Kimberly Fredenburgh, respectively. She received her long term Suzuki training from Susan Kempter, books 1-10. Before taking an indefinite maternity leave she was principle violist of the Albuquerque Philharmonic. Now a mom of 4, she fills her time with braiding hair, running in games of tag and playing peek-a-book. She recharges through playing solo, chamber and symphonic music. She is delighted to join St. John's Common Time Concert Series.
Crystal Boyack, violist
Clara Byom, clarinetist
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Clara Byom is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, musicologist, arts administrator, and tunesmith who has been described as having “radiant energy” and “immense talent.” Perpetually curious and driven by her Wisconsin dairy farmer work ethic, she has become deeply knowledgeable about a myriad of musical genres and skilled at clarinets, accordion, and piano. Clara performs regularly with New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, Blue Tortoise Duo (a project of NMCE), The Parson Sisters, and Di Kavene Kapelye, all of which she co-founded. She also is a member of Paul Hunton’s Dust City Opera, an Albuquerque-based indie folk rock band. In addition to numerous collaborations, she has premiered many new classical works for solo clarinet and bass clarinet and played a solo accordion tour in July 2019. She also has a small teaching studio, primarily with adult students learning clarinet and piano.
Inspired by community-building through music, Clara is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for The Klezmer Institute and New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society.
Clara serves as music director for St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, where she began a music series featuring local musicians in concerts that benefit charitable organizations. She also accompanies regularly for Congregation Albert, St. Luke Lutheran Church, and the New Mexico Women’s Chorus small group. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico in Clarinet Performance and Musicology (2017) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College (2012).