International Concert Series

International Concert Series

The Good Shepherd International Concert Series seeks to present captivating music to the people of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, played by some of the brightest rising stars of the international scenery. Pope Benedict XVI described classical music as an "encounter with the divine," which can help us experience "very deeply the Lord's presence." We believe that musical expression is necessary for the culture of our community to thrive. As God's grace and love toward humanity is reflected through musical creativity, we can tangibly witness Him "making all things new."

All concerts are open to the public with no admission charge. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover our expenses. Each concert is followed by a reception where the audience may enjoy refreshments and fellowship and an opportunity to greet the performers.

We are able to present these recitals free of charge due to generous donations from the congregation and the free-will offerings. Mark your calendars for our 2017 events:


Gedymin Grubba (Poland), organ

February 28, Tuesday @ 6:15 PM

Gedymin Grubba – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Gedymin Grubba (b. 1981) is an international organist, composer, and conductor performing about 100 concerts each year around the world. He is currently one of the most active Polish concert organists. So far he traveled around the globe five times on world concert tours across Europe, South America, North America (including 20 concerts in the US), South Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Last year (2016) marked the 20th anniversary of his artistic work, amounting to 1,500 recitals given so far. Geydmin has recorded several of CD’s (19 incl. DVD) and numerous recordings for radio and television in the world. He frequently conducts master-classes and is invited to be an adjudicator for organ competitions in the world. Since 1999 he is the Director of the International Festival of Organ Music at the Cathedral in Pelplin which is one of the most significant and prestigious cultural events of its kind in Europe. Since 2003 he is also Chairman of the Promotion of Art Gabriel Fauré Foundation which organizes about 50 concerts a year. This concert and reception are co-sponsored by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota

Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM)


Arthur Villar (Brazil), piano

March 11, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Arthur Villar – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Étude in D# Minor Op. 8  – A. Scriabin
Piano Sonata Op. 27, Nº 2 “Moonlight” – L. V. Beethoven
Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" – W. A. Mozart
Étude in B Major Op. 8 – A. Scriabin
Ballade in B Minor S. 171 – F. Liszt
Piano Sonata Op. 110 – L. V. Beethoven

Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 1984. He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and joined the piano studio of Miriam Grossman, a renowned Brazilian pianist and pedagogue. Among his achievements, he won the first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in São Paulo (Brazil), in 2007, for his piano performing and musical excellence and performed in 2009 Bach’s twenty-four preludes and fugues at the Forum Internacional del Piano de Barcelona. In February 2008 Arthur Villar was granted a scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at the Hartt School (University of Hartford, CT) under the tutelage of Luiz de Moura Castro.

Mr. Villar is recipient of the following scholarships and awards: E.B. Storrs Scholarship, Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship, SUNY Purchase Conservatoire of Music Merit Scholarship and F. Parker Scholarship. Mr. Villar participated in the following festivals and workshops: SIPO (Portugal), Forum Internacional del Piano in Barcelona (Spain), Performing Bach in Baroque Style in New York (US), Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival in Prague (Czech Republic) and Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain). Arthur Villar has attended both master classes and individual classes with renowned pianists throughout the world, such as Andrei Gavrilov (Russia), Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Martin Bally (Czech Republic), Yun Ha Huang (SouthKorea), Julian Martin (US), Boris Berman (Russia), among others.

Most recently he recorded the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. The twenty-four preludes and fugues album was recorded between September and November (2012) and was released in February 2013. Arthur Villar received a Master's degree in Piano Performance from SUNY Purchase University (NY), where he studied with pianist Paul Ostrovsky. Mr Villar is currently a piano faculty member of the Hartt School Community Division (University of Hartford, CT).


Dylan Younger (USA), woodwinds

June 3, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Dylan Younger – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based multiple woodwind specialist Dylan Younger regularly performs with ensembles in a wide variety of musical styles including classical (chamber and orchestral), jazz, rock, funk, ska, avant-garde, Dixieland, opera, and musical theater. Dylan recieved his B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Lawrence University in June of 2016 with a heavy emphasis on studying and performing on woodwind instruments. In addition, he devoted much time at Lawrence to the study and practice of music education and pedagogy. Dylan is currently working on projects including several contemporary music ensembles and chamber ensembles. One such ensemble, Lilith, has commissioned pieces by composers including Joanne Metcalf, JP Merz, Brad Wells, and Shara Nova.

At home in the world of musical theater and opera, Dylan has performed on multiple woodwinds in numerous productions of varying styles and eras. He frequently performs with the College Light Opera Company, a summer theater company in Falmouth, MA. In February 2016, he played clarinet for the Lawrence University production of The Beggar's Opera. He played clarinet, saxophone, flute, and oboe for a production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in April 2016. Other upcoming engagements include performances with theater companies around the Twin Cities including Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul in January and February.


Wyatt Smith (USA), organ

July 8, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Wyatt Smith – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley MN

Native of Rapid City, SD, Wyatt Smith is currently a doctoral student at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studies organ performance with Dr. Carole Terry. He is Principal Organist at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA. As a performer, Wyatt has concertized extensively throughout the United States over the last five years. Notable venues include the US Air Force Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel (Colorado Springs), First Plymouth Church UCC (Lincoln), St. Andrew’s Cathedral (Honolulu), St. Mark Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion – Balboa Park (San Diego), National City Christian Church (Washington D. C.) King’s Chapel and Trinity Church – Copley Square (Boston), Woolsey Hall – Yale University (New Haven), the Community of Christ Auditorium and Temple (Independence), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), and Overture Concert Hall (Madison). He also performed as a Rising Star at the 2012 AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, among many other venues.

Wyatt has a deep passion for commissioning and performing new works for the organ. Over the last several years, he has commissioned and premiered works by David Cherwien, Carson Cooman, Emma Lou Diemer, Kurt Knecht, Kristina Langlois, Linda Moeller, Lynn Petersen, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Deanna Wehrspann, and Stephen Yarbrough. Wyatt was the winner of the 2011 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (North Central Region) held in Des Moines, Iowa. He was also among the winners of the 2011 USD Concerto Competition. His performances have been heard on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams, along with South Dakota Public Radio and Television.


Silviya Mateva (Bulgaria), organ

July 22, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Dr. Silviya Mateva graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Doctorate in Organ Performance in May 2016. She is a Professor of Music Theory at Oklahoma City University and is also the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, OK. Dr. Mateva started studying piano at the age of seven and has studied under the tutelage of Svetlana Kosseva and Michael Rickman. She studied organ with Velin Iliev before coming to the US in 2005. In 2008 Dr. Mateva received her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance (summa cum laude) from Stetson University’s School of Music, where she was a student of Boyd Jones. In addition to studying the organ with him, she also studied the harpsichord. She completed her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2010, where she studied with Hans Davidsson. While at Eastman, she took pedal clavichord lessons with Ulrika Davidsson. At OU Dr. Mateva studied organ with John Schwandt. While at OU she had an assistantship in the music theory department, where she taught aural skills and theory classes. Dr. Mateva’s doctoral dissertation focuses on theoretical analyses of the organ works of Rachel Laurin. She performs frequently in the community, as well as abroad. Some of her recent performances include an alumna recital at Stetson University, a recital for an Organ Historical Society National Convention, and recitals in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.


Maurizio Mancino (Italy), organ

August 5, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Maurizio Mancino – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Born in Melzo, Italy, organist, harpsichordist, choir director, and orchestral conductor Maurizio Mancino completed his musical studies at the L. Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, graduating with honors in Organ and Organ Composition, under the tutelage of Maestro Franco Castelli. He furthered his musical studies through several courses in interpretation and organ performance practice under internationally known maestros such as L. F. Tagliavini (Early Italian Music), H. Vogel (German Baroque), L. Rogg (Improvisation), W. Krumbach (J. S. Bach), G. Parodi (Romantic and Contemporary Music), and C. Stella (Early Spanish Music). He is the titular organist of the largest mechanical Nenninger organ (München / Melzo 1997) at the Church of SS. Alessandro and Margherita in Melzo, where he plays the Organ Mass every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Liturgical Year. Maestro Mancino is the Founder and Director of the St. Andrea Choir of Melzo, which performs in various Italian cities, notably Siena, Florence, Milan, Brescia, Massa (Cathedral, 2001) and Rome (St. Maria in Trastevere, 2002). He is the Artistic Director of the Rassegna Organistica (Organ Festival) of Melzo, which for a number of years has hosted world-renowned organists.

As a conductor, he directs the Guido d'Arezzo Orchestra in the same town, offering a variety of chamber music repertoire, sacred and symphonic. He regularly performs numerous concerts in Italy and abroad (France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Mexico) as both a soloist and in a duo with solo voices and various instruments (oboe, flute, English horn, violin, clarinet, baghèt, Alphorn and natural trumpet), as well as continuo organ and harpsichord in various vocal and instrumental combinations. For several years he collaborates with Claudio Monteverdi Choir of Crema (Cremona) under the direction of Bruno Gini. He has recorded for several labels including La Bottega Discantica and Svanå. He is passionate about organ building and he has consulted for advice regarding construction and renovations of church organs. In July 2002 he gave an organ seminar and recital on the performance practice of Italian organ music in Schluchtem (Frankfurt), at the Kirchenmusicalische Forbildungsstatte. He is professor at the Salesian Secondary School in Melzo (FMA) and Treviglio BG (SDB). He is also professor of Organ and Composition at the Guido d'Arezzo School of Music in Melzo.


Cristiano Rizzotto (Brazil), piano and organ

October 14, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Having performed extensively in North America, Europe and South America, Latvian Brazilian Cristiano Rizzotto is an active international recitalist who frequently premières and performs the works of contemporary composers. Composers such as Carson Cooman, Composer in Residence at Harvard University, Antoine Giovannini, Titular Organist at L’église Saint Vincent de Nay (France), and Aivars Kalējs, Concert Organist at Rīgas Doms (Latvia), have dedicated pieces to him. Cristiano is currently a doctoral candidate at The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, under Dr. John Schwandt, and is the Organist & Choirmaster at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN, where he works with our adult choir, our bell choir, and our children's choir, as well as with all of our school children. He became a published composer after his Toccata was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in March 2014. Rizzotto was previously the organist at Benedictine Abbey in Rio de Janeiro, owner of one of the oldest organs in South America and where the Carioca monks have kept the tradition of the chants and liturgy alive since the 16th century. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Magna cum Laude, 2010), and a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from East Carolina University (2013).


Good Shepherd Catholic Church is enormously grateful to all those who have supported and continue to support our Music Program through their presence and generous financial contributions.

Musicians who are interested in performing at Good Shepherd are encouraged to apply by submitting an unedited recording of a most recent public recital and a printed program from that recorded recital, other copies of recently played recital programs, and a current biography. Please send all materials by e-mail to our Music Director or by postal mail to:

Cristiano Rizzotto, Organist & Choirmaster at Good Shepherd Catholic Church
145 Jersey Avenue South Golden Valley, MN 55426

For additional information about these recitals, the music ministry, the pipe organ, and the harpsichord at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, please call the Music Office at 763-544-0416 ext. 853 or contact us via e-mail.

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