Recital Series 2017 – 2018

This is the 16th season of the popular recitals at Deerfield Presbyterian Church.

There is no admission charge; a freewill offering will be received, with all proceeds benefiting the artists. Each Recital is followed by a “Meet-the-Artists” reception. Handicap accessible. For more information or directions, call 856-455-1222.


Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. ~ Annual Christmas Recital ~ A festive evening with two exciting new artists! Recently relocated to South Jersey, mezzo soprano Deidra Palmour and tenor William Gorton have enjoyed distinguished careers on the opera and concert stage, including the Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera Guild. They will be accompanied at the piano by Evelyn R. Larter. Come and enjoy this popular program of favorite carols and songs of the  Christmas season!

Deidra Palmour, American opera singer, pedagogue, and director, is currently President and Artistic Director of Three Oaks Opera Inc. Palmour got her start when, in the span of 3 years, she won the Metropolitan Opera National, Baltimore Opera, Eleanor Steber, Loren Zachary Society, and NATS National Artists Awards competitions, launching her career as an opera singer and recitalist. She went on to sing major roles in 36 American companies. Upcoming, she will be directing “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, produced by Three Oaks Opera Inc. on January 19, 2018  at Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

William Gorton, tenor, serves as the Director of Sacred Music at Haddonfield United Methodist Church and Conductor of the New Jersey MasterChorale. Dr. Gorton has a diverse musical background as an operatic and oratorio tenor, voice and piano instructor, church music director for various denominations, and composer. He has performed much of the mainstream lyric tenor repertoire with numerous opera companies. He was the Founding Artistic Director of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, which he created while serving as Minister of Music at Duncan Memorial UMC in Ashland, Virginia.  His compositions include the hymn, “O God in Whom We Live,” published in Worship and Song: for United Methodists, and “The Lord is My Shepherd,” published by World Library Publications.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 4:00 p.m. ~ A Violin and Piano Recital ~ From Pittsburgh we welcome Melissa Stewart Hernandez, violin, and Luis Hernandez, piano. The award-winning Hernandez Duo has performed in numerous venues in the USA and the Dominican Republic. Don’t miss their first appearance in South Jersey in what promises to be a memorable recital!






Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. ~ An Organ Spectacular ~ We are honored to host the Annual Members’ Recital of the SouthWest Jersey Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Several of the finest organists in this area will perform on our highly regarded Aeolian Skinner pipe organ. A must for organ enthusiasts!



Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. ~ The Glorious Sounds of a Choir ~ For the first time in the history of the recital series, we will enjoy wonderful sacred and classical choral music sung by the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale from Rochester, New York, under the direction of Adam J. Potter. This recital will bring the series to a splendid conclusion.



Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m. ~ We were delighted to welcome two students from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music making their first appearance in this recital series. Sydney Lee, cello, from North Jersey and Haeji Kim, viola, from Michigan.


Sydney Lee (left) and Haeji Kim