New Music Guild Opens with Events in Memory of Betty Bannon

The New Music Guild, Inc. will open its 2021-22 season at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St. in downtown Youngstown, with 2 events in memory of long time Board member, Elizabeth Bannon. Betty diligently served as Guild Secretary for many years, and was a guiding force in planning concerts and choosing guest artists. Everyone in the Guild will miss her.

The organization focuses on performance of works by living composers, sponsoring visits by composers and performers, and concert/lecture events for elementary and high schools.

The Church’s Saturday 4:00 pm November 6th Memorial Mass for Elizabeth Bannon will include special music presented by Guild Coordinators, violinist, Gwyneth Rollin and pianist, Robert Rollin. The pair will play Robert Rollin’s Lyric Counterpoint on a Theme by Warshawsky, which they recently performed at Bannon’s funeral. Two other works will complement portions of the prayers.

On Sunday, November 7th, the Guild will feature violinist/violist, Wanda Sobieska, along with the Rollins, in the second Memorial Concert for Elizabeth Bannon.

Sobieska is a frequent guest artist on the Guild series. She will perform her own transcription of the 18th variation from Rachmaninov’s, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and works by Vivaldi, and Robert Rollin.

Based in northeast Ohio, She is active as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.  Recent engagements include the Ashland Symphony, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Porthouse Theater at Blossom, Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon, and Bluewater Kings Band.

She is also a prolific arranger: her website,, has served musicians since 2009 and receives 1000 visitors a day from all over the world.  Her work has been featured by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, she is the fifth generation in a family of musicians and musicologists.  She holds a B.M. in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

An after party in honor of Betty Bannon and Wanda Sobieska will take place at the Church immediately following the Sunday afternoon concert.

Download the Poster for the New Music Winter Concerts

Download the Poster for the New Music Winter Concerts Featuring Galo Arboleda Solorzano and Jacob Bernhardt

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Ecuadorian Violinist Galo Arboleda Headlines New Music Winter Concerts

The New Music Guild, Inc. will host Galo Arboleda Solorzano, Violin and Jacob Bernhardt, Piano for its Annual Winter Concerts, 7:00 p.m., February 21st, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Church, 421 Covington Street in downtown Youngstown, and 7:00 p.m., February 22nd, 2020 at Jefferson Congregational Church (UCC), 41 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH (near Ashtabula).

Galo Arboleda Solorzano has be a frequent guest artist at New Music Guild events, and has also been a member of the New Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. He holds advanced degrees from Kent State University School of Music, and has played several solo concerti with the Stowe Ohio Symphony Orchestra.

On his recent tour in Ecuador he performed all four concertos of Vivaldi’s The Seasons with an orchestra in an old church built in the early 1600’s for an audience of over 1000 people. He is an exceptionally talented violin soloist. He has premiered a number of original works by New Music Guild director and composer, Robert Rollin.

Jacob Bernhardt will be appearing for the first time at New Music Guild concerts. He was born into a musical family in the Chicago suburbs. At age six he began piano lessons with renowned pedagogue Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago and was the 2006 recipient of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Classical Piano Scholarship. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, where he studied with David Lehman. He toured Europe as pianist with the University Chamber Singers.

At Bob Jones he received many scholarships and awards, including the University Piano Contest and the Concerto/Aria Competition. In 2019 he joined the Cleveland Institute as a staff apprentice and accompanied the Cleveland Orchestra choruses and the Cleveland State University choruses.

The two performers will collaborate on performance of works by Edvard Grieg, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Rollin, and many more.

There will be special parties honoring guest artists, Galo Arboleda Solorzano and Jacob Bernhardt, after each recital. The New Music Guild, Inc. cordially invites the public to attend. Admission is free.