Night of Music for Missions
Fundraiser for the REMAR orphanage
Catalyst Coach Ministries
“Night of Music for Missions”
We are pleased to announce this very special concert with music performed by the very talented
She is a professionally trained soprano, who will be singing opera and Broadway selections, ballads and worship songs accompanied by Ross Fengfish on the piano, to raise funds for the children at REMAR Orphanage in La Libertdad, El Salvador.
This fundraiser event will help support the REMAR orphanage in El Salvador. While visiting in August, Maria Gonzales, the REMAR orphanage director, asked a great favor. As , she “wants my church back”. Currently, the children and community do not have a place to worship because their church has been used to house their “goodwill” store. The store is vital as this orphanage received no government support and the orphanage survives by raising crops, chickens and selling donated or hand-crafted items made by the children. However, they have had to turn their church into a store. Maria asked us to build a new store so that the church building can be a church again. The investment is $15,000, and will allow the orphanage the ability to earn revenue and operate for years to come.
100% of the proceeds go towards the project
Cost is $10.00 in advance or $15.00 at the event.
Light dessert following.
Be an Ambassador of the orphanage and invite your friends!
This is a fundraising event, and there will be an ask, but there is no minimum or maximum donation. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring the event, please ask us how. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities.
Ileana Torres-Worrall inherited her musical talent and artistic tendencies from her mother’s family. Her maternal grandfather and many in the family had an artistic bent. Every one of them practiced some form of the arts whether in music, prose or painting. Ileana liked to sing from a young age and realized that she had an inherent talent for vocal expression. When entering college she joined the choral ensemble of University of Puerto Rico under the baton of then world known choir director, Augusto Rodriguez. Not only was she a member of the mass choir, but was chosen to sing with the “Coral de Camera”, or chamber choir (a group of only 20 singers). Both choirs sang a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment). It was during this time that Ileana began to fully develop her talent. She eventually began vocal studies with Professor Elio Rubio, renowned tenor of Puerto Rico, and it was Professor Rubio who convinced her to audition for one of the opera companies in Puerto Rico, “Teatro de la Opera”. Ileana sang with the professional choir of Teatro de la Opera in several productions including “Aida”, “La Boheme”, “Turandot” (in two different productions), “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci”. She also participated in the operetta “The Merry Widow” with the “Fundacion Puertorriquena de Zarzuela y Opereta” (zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre). Ileana also studied voice with Professors Oscar De Gracia (tenor) and Magda Nieves (soprano), both well-known opera singers in Puerto Rico. Currently, Ileana has the joy and blessing to sing with the Choir of Avalon Church.
Ross has been a professional musician for over 15 years. He started playing at the age of 12 and hasn’t looked back since. Considered a late bloomer for a practicing musician, he dedicated hours per day to his craft to get to where he is now. He was fortunate to be home schooled when he developed a passion for the piano, as this afforded him the time to spend anywhere from 5-7 hours per day practicing for the next 5 years. It was his obsession and has ultimately become his life. He practiced and played in high school bands and choirs. He was the lead pianist for many performances and plays, developing his accompaniment abilities very early on. At age 14 – just two years after he started playing – he became the pianist for his church and continued leading worship for 10 more years.
Until age 17 Ross was almost entirely self-taught. He decided that he wanted to take his technique, theory and musicianship to the next level and began training with Margaret Patten – Artistic Director and Conductor of the Maitland Symphony Orchestra. He trained with Margaret for the next 7 years, performing as the pianist for the Maitland Symphony Orchestra in four major concerts held in Orlando, FL. Much of his teaching style comes from his lessons with Margaret. She saw his desire to be the best he could be and gave him a tough course to follow, but developed in him the desire to strive for perfection and enjoy every facet of being pianist.
Because of his extensive training, Ross decided going to college for a music degree wasn’t for him. Ross briefly studied in a college music program, but on the 2nd day of the course he passed the final exam with an A. So he opted for experience over a degree and spent the next 4 years becoming his own musician, developing his own styles of playing and performing, composing and teaching. He has also been a guitarist for the last 15 years and has over 10 years experience in drumming and bass. Ross has been teaching now for over 10 years and has developed a style of teaching that has a student centered approach. He asks students what they want to learn, and he believes that students should be able to freely express themselves and learn at a pace that makes sense to them. This belief is what led to his creation of Studio Musicology – a place where learning, playing and showcasing coincide to provide the student with a one-of-a-kind experience.
Date(s) - 11/15/2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm