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Temple B’er Chayim in Cumberland to Present Concert Featuring FSU Faculty

Temple B’er Chayim, 107 West Union St. in Cumberland, Md., will present a concert of diverse compositions and instrumentation on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but cash contributions to the Western Maryland Food Bank will be accepted.

The program will highlight works by George Frederick Handel, Antonin Dvorak, Israeli composer Naomi Shemer, Felix Medelssohn and Rudolf Karel. Audiences will be treated to chamber music for voice, keyboard and cello, organ solos and duets and works for piano and cello. Performers include organist Mark Steiner, a Frostburg State University alumnus; singer Ryan Mullaney; pianist/organist Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon; and cellist Dr. Ellen Grolman. Each will briefly discuss the pieces performed.

Dixon is a professor of music and faculty advancement associate for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at FSU. As a pianist and organist, she has performed in countries such as England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Israel and Japan. She is a featured artist for the International Dvorak Society’s American Spring Festival throughout the Czech Republic. For more information, visit

Following her job at the Eliat Conservatory of Music in Israel, Grolmam joined the music faculty of FSU in 1983. Active in musicological research, specifically in the area of women composers, her accomplishments include being the author of “A Catalogue of Published Works for String Orchestra and Piano Trio by 20th-Century American Women Composers,” winning the 2008 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research for her bio-bibliography of composer Joan Tower. She is also the author of a bio-bibliography of composer Emma Lou Diemer.

A native of Western Maryland, Mullaney resides in Cumberland where he serves as director of Liturgical Music at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Parish. He is the co-founder and co-director of Mountainside Baroque, a new, early-music collective based in Cumberland.

Steiner began playing piano at age 10, then eventually played the organ for services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church during high school. He is now the director of music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Steiner founded the Steiner-Murphy Organ Company, which has grown to over 75 clients over a four-state area. This business includes rebuilding and building new instruments in churches, schools, temples and private homes. He is a 1978 FSU graduate.

For more information, contact Grolman at 301-687-4117.

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