Mark your calendars for First Unity’s special Sunday service music for the month of July, featuring performances by distinguished members of the St. Louis musical community. July’s music schedule was developed by Steve Schenkel, First Unity’s newly appointed Music Director, and is as follows:
July 4, 2021
Adrian Walker is the concertmaster of the Fox Theater Orchestra and former member of the St. Louis Symphony.
Ruth Price — Piano
Webster University faculty member Dr. Ruth Price has performed across the nation. Her playing has been described by the Boston Globe as “…never less than first class and a balm to the ears.”
July 18, 2021
Deborah Sharn — Vocals — with Steve Schenkel — Guitar
Deborah Sharn has been singing in St. Louis for many years and is a guest vocalist at various places of worship each Sunday. She is also an actress who has worked with the Black Rep, New Line Theatre, The New Jewish Theatre, and the Mustard Seed Theatre. Winner of two JUDY Awards, Deborah has performed her cabaret show, “An Evening With Deborah Sharn” several times at the Kranzberg Art Center to sold out audiences. By day Deborah is the Company Manager for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Steve Schenkel is the guitarist and orchestra manager for the Fox Theater, guitarist for the Muny Opera and the St. Louis Symphony, and a freelance jazz musician. He recently retired after 37 years at Webster University, where he founded the Jazz Studies program, the Webster Jazz Concert Series, and the Jazz Studies/Music Technology program.
July 26, 2021
Carol Schmidt — Jazz Piano