First Friday Music & Art Series Spring 2023

Saint Paul UMC celebrates local musicians and artists on the first Friday of the month with FREE concerts and displays. Join us for an elegant light lunch, concert and display from Noyes Art Gallery.

In the Sanctuary at Saint Paul UMC, 1144 M Street
Lunch is $5 and is served from 11:30-12 and 1-1:30.

PANgea – March 3 at 12 p.m.​

PANgea, will be performing popular favorites in the tradition of the Steel Bands of Trinidad. PANgea is the only group of its kind in Nebraska. The group was formed as a means to give percussionists throughout LPS more opportunities than they would find in a traditional concert band setting. The auditioned group consists of members grades 6-12 and performs 10-12 times each spring at various events.

Group Sax – April 7 at 12 p.m.​

Group Sax is one of the most unique musical ensembles in the Midwest. Each member of the group has a strong background in jazz performance, leading their own groups, teaching at the high school and college levels, and playing in the pit orchestras for touring Broadway shows.The concert will include some traditional jazz numbers and original compositions.

The Husker Horn Choir – May 5 at 12 p.m.​

The Husker Horn Choir is an extension of the Husker Horn Studio in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and consists of UNL horn students, faculty, non-majors, and community hornists. This ensemble performs a wide range of works and transcriptions, from horn quartets to pieces written.

Worship Arts Highlights

Saint Paul Choir and guest musicians present “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

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.