The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré, and Jakub Omsky.
Jakub Jerzy Omsky Trawkowski is the principal cellist of the Wichita Symphony. He graduated with honors from the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with an Artist Diploma, Bachelor of Music degree, and Master of Music degree.
Critics say he “sets a standard of contemporary interpretation” and call him “Master of Cello”. Omsky has won many awards including official 2001 U.S. Congress and Senate “Local Hero” recognition as creator of effective sound healing methods and innovative concert programming and performance.
Omsky currently lives in Lindsborg, teaches cello, music, and deep listening techniques, and offers sound therapy throughout Kansas. He has worked as a teacher at many universities and schools. Omsky loves creating alternative church services and spiritual development seminars, combining art, singing, movement, and the sacred scriptures in interactive, inspiring formats. He plays and works at hospitals, retirement homes, clinics, and hospice organizations.
Melody Steed is an associate professor of music at Bethany College, where she teaches organ and music theory, as well as serving as the chapel organist and coordinator of sacred music. She has most recently been honored for her service as the 2013 recipient of the Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership.
A native Iowan, Steed received degrees in organ performance from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Southern California. She has studied organ with Marilou Kratzenstein, Jesse Eschbach., Roberta Gary, and Cherry Rhodes. Previously, Steed served as the organist at the prestigious Westwood United Methodist Church, where she presided at the Shaffer Memorial Organ. An active recitalist, she has performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the International Trumpet Guild.