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Sharing the joy of music and the beauty of our parish with one and all.

Since 1993, The Emmanuel Concert Series has brought nationally and internationally known organists and choral ensembles to Chestertown.

The Concert Series showcases Emmanuel's beautiful and highly regarded Harrison & Harrison organ, and has presented a lively and varied mix of established concert organists and highly talented younger players. The Concert Series Committee strives for a diverse, interesting, and high quality roster of performers.


The Emmanuel Concert Series season is generally made up of five concerts between September and May. Concerts are usually on Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons.


Subscribers may purchase a full season's series for a very affordable price. The Emmanuel Concert Series is entirely supported by its subscribers and a generous grant from the Kent County Arts Council.

To read more about our Harrison & Harrison organ, click here.


​Regular Subscriptions to the five concerts may be purchased for $90 per adult or $20 for children and students with ID.


One may become a Patron for $150 or a Benefactor for $200. Patrons and Benefactors are listed in each concert program.


Contributions above the subscription ticket price are tax deductible.


A limited number of single-concert tickets, priced at $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and students with ID, will be available at the door.



Write to:

Emmanuel Church Concerts

PO Box 875

Chestertown, MD 21620

or call Emmanuel at (410) 778-3477

Announcements relating to weather emergencies or unexpected cancellations will be posted on the church’s website. We regret that we are unable to contact our subscribers, patrons, and benefactors on an individual basis when such changes occur.


Parker Ramsay, Organist                 Friday, September 17, 2021                   7:30 p.m.

Parker Ramsay is an internationally known recitalist and recording artist, both as an organist and harpist. He holds degrees from King's College, Cambridge, where he served as Organ Scholar, the Oberlin College Conservatory, and Julliard. This is his second appearance on Emmanuel Concerts. (www.parkerramsay.com)

Andrew Sheranian, Organist           Friday, October 15, 2021                       7:30 p.m.

Andrew Sheranian is the Organist and Master of Choristers at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont (Episcopal) in Boston. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and has toured extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. This is his second appearance on Emmanuel Concerts. (www.allsaints.net/staff/the-organist-and-master-of-choristers)


Bruce Barber, Organist                       Friday, March 11, 2022                        7:30 p.m.

The Emmanuel Concert Series Committee welcomes Bruce Barber for a recital on March 11, 2022. Trained as a choral and orchestral conductor, an organist, and cellist, Barber holds a bachelor of arts degree from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music. His primary teachers include Alexander Anderson (Rollins), Robert S. Baker, and Gerre E. Hancock (Yale). Currently he is the organist/choirmaster of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred in Greenville, Delaware. Prior to this position, he served as Director of Cathedral Music of Saint James Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois. 

Simon Johnson, Organist      POSTPONED (originally scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2022)  

Christa Rakich, organist                   Friday, April 8, 2022                                   7:30 p.m.

Christa Rakich has performed widely throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She is a graduate of the  New England Conservatory and Oberlin College Conservatory, where she is currently Visiting Professor of Organ. She specializes in bringing works to audiences by less well-known composers, especially women composers. (www.christarakich.com)

Ken Cowan, Organist                      Friday, April 29, 2022                                 7:30 p.m.
Internationally renowned organist Ken Cowan is Associate Professor of Organ at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. Ken is making his Twenty-fifth appearance on the Emmanuel Concert Series.

Special Services – No ticket required:


Sunday, November 21, 2021        Thanksgiving Evensong                                5 p.m.


Sunday, December 19, 2021        Advent/Christmas Lessons & Carols            5 p.m.


Wednesday, January 5, 2022        Twelfth Night Evensong -- CANCELLED     


Thursday, May 26, 2022                 Ascension Evensong -- CANCELLED