Summer 2022 Guest Worship Artist Series Begins July 10

Tue, June 7, 2022

Friendswood Methodist is excited to announce a guest worship artist series! 

Featuring award winning instrumentalists, singers, and songwriters, each Sunday will feature an instrumentalist, singer, or songwriter who has a deep love for God and for music. All of these services will be a very special opportunity to worship the Lord with these amazing artists.

You will not want to miss a single Sunday.

  • July 10 Our own organist John Markert and Victoria Andrews performing dual keyboard music
  • July 17 Our own Michael Kassinger on Oboe
  • July 24 Blair Doerge, noted Houston area Soprano soloist
  • July 31 Richard Paul Fink, Grammy Award winning Baritone soloist
  • Aug 7  Wayne Watson, eight-time Dove Award Winning and Grammy nominated Singer/Songwriter (Wayne will sing at BOTH services)

 
Special Guest Background

John Markert began his musical journey sitting next to his mother on the organ bench at Grace Lutheran Church in Victoria, Texas.  He began taking piano lesson in 2nd grade and continued through high school. John began playing began playing flute in the 8th grade and playing organ for weekly services in high school.  He continued studies in organ at the University of Houston and Indiana University, earning a Master’s degree in organ performance.  In addition to performing as a freelance pianist throughout Houston, John Markert also serves as a director and pianist with the Houston Boychoir.  He has performed internationally with instrumentalists and choral groups including international choral festivals in Manila and Bangkok sponsored by the Association of South East Asian Schools, and in performance with flutist Catherine LeGrand in a cultural exchange concert at the Göethe Institute, Bangkok, under the auspices of the US Embassy.  As a church music director John started several new outreach programs including a Scholarship Singer program for high school juniors and seniors, an annual children’s hymn fest, and a concert series.  In the summers John likes to spend his time attending seminars and workshops, and traveling to Thailand.

Victoria Andrews has served throughout her career as a music teacher, choral director, church organist and pianist. She is a skilled accompanist and private instructor. Mrs. Andrews has a degree in music education from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in voice performance from Indiana State University. Although officially retired, she continues to actively participate in the local music scene. She and her husband currently live in Houston, TX.

Michael Kasinger is an oboist and woodwind doubler around the Houston area, teaching and performing on oboe, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and viola. He grew up in the Clear Lake Area before going away to college, but came back home to Houston. Since then, he has performed with Theater Under the Stars, Martina McBride, and several other venues. He is also a private music teacher around CCISD, teaching woodwinds at Clear Brook High School.

Soprano Blair Doerge has worked with many prominent professional choirs and chamber ensembles in the Houston area, including Ars Lyrica of Houston and Cantare Houston. Highlights include the role of Galatea in Ars Lyrica’s production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea as part of the inaugural Texas Early Music Festival, featured soloist with Ars Lyrica for their annual New Year’s Eve Gala Venetian Carnivale, soprano soloist for Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with Cantare Houston, soprano soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with the Northgate Philharmonic, and the soprano soloist for the Houston premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul and the world premiere of Dark Night of the Soul. On the operatic stage, she has portrayed lead roles in various productions including Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Ward’s The Crucible, and Mozart’s Cosí fan Tutte.  Currently, Blair is pursuing her graduate degree in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston and is in demand as a soloist and recitalist in the Greater Houston area.

Grammy-award winning baritone, Richard Paul Fink, has earned international acclaim as a leading dramatic baritone in a career that has spanned the globe, with an operatic career that has featured the best-known and most challenging title roles of the baritone canon. While Richard enjoys singing in a wide variety of musical styles, from Broadway musicals and cabaret to oratorio and grand opera, his North American opera career has taken him from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC to San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe and to most major opera houses in the USA in addition to every major city across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto.  

Wayne Watson exudes the professionalism and ease of a seasoned performer, but has never ceased to emanate the energy and excitement of a newcomer. Perhaps the freshness comes from his approach to his music: “I perform and write as if it is the last time I will ever have the privilege.” There is no phoning it in with Wayne Watson. “Performing praise and worship music is a unique and holy responsibility. Not only do I have the opportunity to praise God, myself, but I am leading the audience or congregation toward that same openness and awe at the greatness of our God."

His litany of career credits include a dozen Dove Awards wins including those for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of The Year (Friend Of A Wounded Heart), Pop Contemporary Song of the Year and Contemporary Album of The Year with Watercolour Ponies, and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year with Home Free. He has twice been nominated for the Grammy Award—both for his performance of Watercolour Ponies, and for Best Pop Gospel Album with his stunning A Beautiful Place project. He shared a Grammy victory as a part of the team of other Christian artists for the “Tribute to Andre Crouch” project. Wayne also composed the inspirational hit For Such A Time As This which became a centerpiece theme of CBS-TV’s then highly rated series Touched By An Angel.  

To date, Wayne has produced 23 #1 singles on Christian radio, including the most played song on Christian radio in 1991. Recently, Wayne was inducted into The Christian Music Hall of Fame.

 For more information, contact Rev. Craig Gilbert or call the church office at 281-482-7535