First Friday Noon Concert Series

December 2, 2022

Featuring Bell-issimo

Friday, December 2, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Bell-issimo had its inception in the summer of 2001 to perform programs and concerts around the community. Nancy Youngman, Director, assembled bell ringers who were passionate about handbells, had solid musical ability, and were generous about allocations of their time. Most charter members were also members of two local handbell choirs: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Marks United Methodist Church. As Nancy directed at both churches, she had first hand knowledge of the ringers' capabilities. Eventually, other musicians voiced an interest in playing with the group and it evolved into its present incarnation as an auditioned community choir, with auditions being held annually in August. This year's ringers represent eleven churches in the Lincoln area.

Join the Saint Paul Choir and guest musicians for “Christmas at Saint Paul”, featuring Vivaldi’s well-loved Gloria.
The Saint Paul Choir, under the direction of Paul Robinson, provides musical leadership at Saint Paul’s weekly services and performs several concerts throughout the season. Soloists for this concert include CeCe Hastreiter, soprano, and Rylee Worstell, mezzo-soprano.
Our instrumental ensemble includes:
  • Kim Salistean, violin
  • Donna Carnes, violin
  • Cindy Ricker, viola
  • Tracy Sands, cello
  • Hans Sturm, bass
  • Brandy Trucke, oboe
  • Tom Kelly, trumpet
  • Bob Snider, percussion
  • Kaleb Wilkening, organ
This event is free, but free-will donations will support ongoing music ministry programs at Saint Paul.

Worship Arts Highlights

About Our Musicians

Paul Robinson

Director of Music and Worship Arts

Paul is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City (vocal performance). Following his graduation, he took a six-year detour managing health clubs in Southern California and running a personal training studio in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri before being drawn back to his musical roots. During his time in St. Louis, he frequently performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Bach Society of St. Louis and Union Avenue Opera.

Kaleb Wilkening

Assistant Director of Music

Kaleb graduated from University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance. He plans to continue his education at UNL with a Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Kaleb also works as an accompanist for Lincoln Northwest High School, teaches private piano lessons, and of course, plays at Saint Paul for Sunday morning service, as well as the new Saint Paul @ FIVE evening service.