mass-schedule

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil
4:30 PM

Sunday Mass
7AM, 9AM, 11AM
Latin Mass: 1PM

Daily Mass
8AM; Thursday school days 8:15 AM

Reconciliation
Fridays 4-5PM and Saturdays 9:30-10AM

Academy of Culture and Arts Instructors

 
 

MR. ADAM KEELER, ACADEMY HEADMASTER (GUITAR) is one of the founding instructors at the Academy of Culture and Arts at St. Sebastian Parish. He has been playing guitar for 20 years and teaching for ten. In 1999, he traveled to France to study under virtuoso fingerstyle player, Pierre Bensusan, which was followed by the release of his debut CD, “The Rest of Angels” (available on iTunes). His CD has been favorably reviewed by such artists as Michael Manring and Pierre Bensusan. After switching to classical guitar in 2005, he became a finalist in the James Stroud classical Guitar competition for two consecutive years, 2009 and 2010. He was awarded the Outstanding Guitarist of the Year for two years in The University of Akron’s Bachelor of Music Program. Adam has been the Guitar Club President at the University of Akron for most of his college career and a board member with the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society. He currently is pursuing a Masters’ degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Music Composition at the University of Akron. His free time is spent composing for his next CD and spending time with his lovely wife, Julie, and his wonderful sons Samuel and Benjamin.

 

Mr. GEORGE BACHMANN (GUITAR) CLASSICAL GUITARIST, is a lifelong member of St. Sebastian parish and an alum of the school. He began his teaching career at St. Sebastian’s in the 1970’s, giving lessons as he completed his studies at the University of Akron. He became the first guitarist to earn a B.M. in performance at Akron. His college teaching career began in 1975 when he founded the guitar department at Cuyahoga Community College. He received a M.M. in performance from Kent State University and began teaching there retiring this past year after 31 years. He is currently on the faculty of Cleveland State University where he teaches classical guitar and directs a guitar ensemble. During his studies his teachers included Jerry Willard, Joseph Breznikar and Christof Harlan. He has appeared in concert with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Kent State University Orchestra. He has also performed with the Miami String Quartet.
Bachmann’s students have go on to notoriety from coast to coast including Rick Stone of New York City, a performer and recording artist, Michael LeFevre, a well know guitar performer in the Pacific Northwest and Lino Allesio, composer/producer living in Oregon.
Mr. Bachmann resides in west Akron with his wife, Jannis. Together they are members of the St. Sebastian Parish Choir.

 
 

DR. DANIEL BARBER (FOLK MUSIC, PIANO) is a native Clevelander, and a graduate of University School. He took piano lessons at the Cleveland Music School Settlement where he studied with Andrius Kuprevicius. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and master and doctor of music degrees from Indiana University. He has studied with Beryl Ladd, Joseph Schwartz, Jack Radunsky, Gyorgy Sebok, Enrica Cavallo Gulli and Jorge Bolet. For two years, 1975-77, he was assistant to Jorge Bolet at Indiana University.

Dr. Barber has been on the piano faculty at Cleveland State University since 1991. He has played numerous Carnegie Hall recitals in New York, and made his major orchestra debut in 1990 performing Alberto Ginastera's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall. He gave the Cleveland premier of Virko Baley's Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1996 with the composer conducting the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and was re-engaged in 2002. Dr. Barber is a pianist of wide-ranging repertory. He has been active in the Reconnaisance Chamber Ensemble and the Cleveland Composer's Guild (all new music concerts). In 1998 he performed the complete Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach at Bethany United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He has made promotional recordings for the Steinway Piano Company, and has served on the piano faculty at Illinois State University, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Dr. Barber has had recent performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), an all-Liszt solo recital for the Music under the Spire series held at the Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, Baldwin-Wallace College, and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with Anthony Addison and the Heights Chamber Orchestra.

In 1995 Dr. Barber began studying organ with Daniel Hathaway at Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral. He plays keyboards for the Akron Symphony, and serves as organist at First Congregational Church of Twinsburg. Dr. Barber is the author of an article published in the Garland Encyclopedia of Keyboard Music entitled "World War II and the American Piano Builders." He has also written Piano Playing: A Comprehensive Course for the Beginning to Intermediate Level Piano Student.

 

MR. JEFF BESHORE (PIANO) is one of the founding instructors of the Academy of Culture and Arts at St. Sebastian Parish. He graduated from Kent State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. His major instrument area of concentration is in piano. He has been teaching for approximately 17 years in schools, eight of which have been at St. Sebastian Parish School. He has taught private piano lessons for over 20 years, He currently holds a Service Playing Certificate and CAGO certificate with the American Guild of Organists. He was the accompanist for the St, Sebastian Parish Choir on their Pilgrimage to Rome.

ADAM & KAREN BOYER (TIGER KIDS KUNG FU) The story of Victory Defense Systems begins when Karen and Adam met one another at The University of Akron, where they earned Bachelors Degrees in Health Education and Biology, respectively. They both began training in Kung Fu in 1998 and after a year of training, they concentrated their efforts in learning Wing Chun Kung Fu, a modern, close range type of Kung Fu (the style practiced by Bruce Lee). Like many of their students, training Wing Chun was a pivotal point in their lives; it lead to Karen getting her personal training certification and teaching Kung Fu full time by 2005 and it helped Adam stay focused on what matters through career changes and challenges. Benefiting so much from their training, Karen and Adam started Victory Defense Systems in 2005 with a focus on making Kung Fu more accessible and fitting the needs of today’s students. Combining their professional backgrounds of: education and biology degrees, personal and group instructor training, scientific quality systems certification, analytical research, rich martial arts experiences and participating in continuing education; they have created a new and exciting spin on Kung Fu training that is fun, relevant and challenging.The motto of Victory Defense Systems, “Timeless Traditions, Modern Methods” sums up their focus of teaching the discipline of Kung Fu while making it practical for today’s times. Since the founding of Victory Defense Systems in 2005, Karen and Adam have proven their concept through; hundreds of changed lives, running success yearly camps and having multiple locations where they teach. They invite you to join them in learning the life changing skills of Kung Fu.

 

 
 

MERISSA COLEMAN (CHILDREN'S CHOIR) holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Choral Conducting. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Akron, she participated in and directed multiple ensembles. She was the pioneer director of the School of Music housed "Women's Ensemble" and the Honor's College sponsored female A Capella group "Kanga-Blue". Merissa currently sings with "Singers Companye", a professional choral ensemble in Akron under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gordon. As a soprano chorister and soloist in numerous ensembles, she has performed several times at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and in multiple European tours and competitions, performing in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Austria. She has been featured as a soloist for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and has recently sung in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Merissa has also performed in many staged productions, such as the opera "Porgy and Bess" with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of the musical "Tuning In" at E.J. Thomas Hall. Most recently she was a member of the chamber choir for the Cleveland Orchestra production of Janacek's "Cunning Little Vixen".

MR. JUSTICE CONDER (COMPUTER PROGRAMMING) is a web developer and technology writer. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for technology led him from freelance web developer to corporate programmer at Sherwin-Williams and then on to become the CIO at 33 Mile Radius, a digital agency specializing in software automation. Justice holds a degree in computer programming and database design, and has been involved with various startup and accelerator groups such as LeanDog and LaunchHouse. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Kent, Ohio and spends his free time blogging about technilogical trends.

 

 
 

DR. ROGER DURBIN (CHRISTIAN SYMBOLISM IN ART) retired as Associate Dean of Libraries, The University of Akron in 2008. Prior to his work in the library he taught at both Kent State University and Youngstown State University. His doctorate is in medieval, renaissance and 17th century literature. He also has an academic minor in art history, and has traveled to Europe frequently for conferences and on site experience. He has been an arts reviewer for the West Side Leader and other publications for the past 18 years.

 
 

 

 
 

SARAH HUSAK (VIOLIN) is a native of Annapolis Maryland and began her violin studies at a young age. She studied with both her mother and her father, who are string teachers and performers, until she went on to spend her high school years studying with Dr. Gerald Fischbach at the University of Maryland. During this time, she began teaching privately in the family music studio. Mrs. Husak came to Ohio to study with Professor Alan Bodman at the University of Akron, where she earned both a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Master of Music in violin performance. In graduate school, she performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and was selected to be a member of the Marini String Quartet. She has performed electric violin with a rock band, as well as Celtic and American traditional music in a folk band. Aside from violin, Sarah also provides lessons in viola and mandolin. Currently, Mrs. Husak is a member of the Akron Symphony, Akron Baroque, and continues to teach privately and perform in the Akron area where she lives with her husband and daughter.

 
 

ALICE INCORVIA (AFTER SCHOOL ART) graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Upon graduation, she worked as a merchandise display photographer, keyline artist, graphic designer and a print production manager in the advertising industry. She is the recipient of many awards for her packaging and print designs including a Citation of Excellence and “Addy’s” from the American Advertising Federation and a Gold Medal award from Neenah Paper Company. After spending over 15 years (4 of which were running her own graphic design and calligraphy business) in the fields of advertising, design and calligraphy, Alice began teaching art for the City of Akron Recreation Bureau at Forest Lodge Community Center. There she taught art and crafts after school to St. Sebastian children until classes were moved to the newly-built Northwest Family Recreation Center in 2002. She is currently the arts and craft specialist at Northwest Family Recreation Center where she has shared her love of art, art history and craft with children, adults and older adults from all over the city. For the past 10 years, Alice has also prepared students in the drawing and art audition process for acceptance into Miller South School for the visual and performing arts. She has taught art camp at St. Sebastian’s for the past 3 summers. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, scrapbooking, photography and travel. Alice has been a St. Sebastian parishioner since 1985 and has sent her three daughters to St. Sebastian Parish School

MR. EARL ISELIN (DRAWING, PAINTING) received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Arts, painting from Kent State University. During the time he was acquiring his Master’s degree, he was a Graduate teaching assistant for beginning drawing. He has taught at the Akron Art Museum, Akron Jewish Center, Canton Art Institute, Canton Art Consortium, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University, Tuscarawas and Canton Campuses.
He has exhibited extensively as a professional artist, both in solo exhibitions and group exhibits. He has also shown competitively at The Cleveland Museum of Art May Show, All Ohio Show, and St. Francis College. His work is in the collections of Kent State University and The University of Akron.

 

MR. KIRK GEORGIA ( PERCUSSION) has been teaching percussion and drumset for over ten years. His students have gone on to start their own bands, receive top honors at Solo and Ensemble contests, and have successful auditions into schools such as Indiana University. Kirk is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with principal players of the Cleveland Orchestra. A well rounded musician, Kirk is just as comfortable behind the drumset as he is playing mallet percussion, timpani, orchestral percussion or marching snare drum. As a timpanist, he has appeared with the Columbus Symphony, and holds the principal position with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky, which performs classical and pops concerts throughout the year. He has played in over a dozen musical theater and opera productions, including the critically lauded production of Puccini’s Tosca with Cleveland Opera Theater. He can also be heard on the recently released recording with the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra, Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, available on the Centaur record label.

 

MR. CHARLES KLEIN (STAND UP AND ELECTRIC BASS) As a recent graduate from the U of A School of Music in Jazz Studies, Charles has studied with accomplished professors Tim Powell, Tracy Rowell and Sue Yelanjian. He has been an active performer in the UA Jazz Ensemble, UA Symphony Orchestra and various jazz combos. He currently is the bassist for the eclectic jazz group Copali as well as a member of the St. Bernards Choir. He can also be heard sitting in with the Matt Fafrak Band around the Cleveland area. Charles is a welcome new addition to our staff at St. Sebastians Academy of Culture and Art, teaching both upright and Electric Bass.

 

 
 

MR. KEVIN KRUMENAUER (MUSIC APPRECIATION) has been working as a professional composer for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor's in Music Composition from Georgia State University and a Master's in Music Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His music has been performed by university wind ensembles and professional chamber groups across the country. In 2002 he was invited to study in Paris France in a joint program sponsored by the Juilliard School and the Paris Conservatory. He has studied with Dr. Susan Tepping, David Maslanksa, and Margaret Brower. In 2007 his work for wind ensemble, Blue on Red, was released on the Albany records label in a recording by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony. Mr. Krumenauer serves on the staff of the Cleveland Institute of Music and as a part-time lecturer in the Mather School of Dance at Case Western Reserve University.

 
 

 

 
 

MR. STEWART LANGENBECK (SCULPTURE) graduated from Ohio University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education and has 38 years of teaching experience in Akron as well as Sydney, Australia. He has received teaching excellence awards from the Schumacher Academy P.T.A, East High School faculty, and the Ohio Youth Governor's Art Show committee. Stewart has been invited to host a printmaking workshop at the Akron Art Museum and was one of six Summit County teachers asked to present student work for a family awareness exhibit. His students have received numerous regional, state, and national awards most notably in printmaking and figurative sculpture. He has exhibited his work locally including university galleries in Canton, Akron, Ashland, and the Art Institute of Pittsburg.

MS. KIM LUCAS (DANCE, BALLET AND MODERN) began her dance training at a young age, under the direction of Pointe West Studio, Dance Academy South, Studio West as well as The University of Akron Dance Institute. Kim previously held the position as the assistant Dance Coach with Archbishop Hoban for three years as well as the dance instructor with the JCC gymnastics/dance camp. Kim is currently the director of Pointe Star Academy, she brings energy, enthusiasm and fun to the students in her class. Kim has an Associate degree in Marketing and Sales as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in dance. Kim’s professional background has given her vast knowledge not only in dance, but in stage production, costuming and choreographing! She has enjoyed sharing and teaching this wealth of information with her students over the years. Kim wishes to show as many people as possible all the joy that dancing bring and strives to bring the highest quality of dance to her students and audience. A special thank you to her husband James; daughters, Kalen and Kaci and son Aj, for their love and support.

 

 
 

MR. JASON NEHEZ (LATIN) graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Classical and Medieval Studies. His three areas of focus are Greek, Philosophy and History, but he also did work in Latin and Hebrew. He holds a certificate in Apologetics from Biola University. He has recently traveled to Rome, visiting all the major Classical and Christian sites. He works as Director of Video Production for Imagen photography. He also works closely with an orphanage in El Salvador, traveling there 9 times over the last 6 years. In his free time you may catch him playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading a book on natural theology, or salsa dancing with his friends and family. He has been teaching Latin with the Academy since April this year.

 
 

MRS. STELLA MUNOZ (SPANISH IMMERSION FOR YOUTH) earned her M.A. in 1999 in Educational Psychology from the Autonoma University in Madrid. In 2008 she attended The University of Akron where she obtained her license to teach Spanish in Ohio. She currently teaches Spanish II and IV at Jackson High School. During the last 4 summers she has conducted a Spanish Immersion Camp for students ages 4-7. The most recent camp ran in June of this year here at the Academy. A native Spanish speaker, Ms. Munoz was born in Madrid, Spain, where she lived and studied until she was 24 years old. Just before finishing her university studies she met her husband while living in New York studying English. After marrying, they settled in NYC for the next four years. In 2000 she began her teaching career at a school specializing in the instruction of children with special needs. In 2003, she moved to Ohio with her husband. She has been living in the United States for 14 years and loves Akron. She and her husband have a six year old daughter, Alba – who is a student at St. Sebastian School.

 
 

JOSEPH RITTENHOUSE (BALLROOM DANCE) started his Professional Ballroom & Latin Dance Career over 20 years ago at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Columbus, Ohio. He moved down to Orlando, Florida to work with two colleagues and continue his training with top competing professionals such as US American Latin Champions Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin from the t.v. show S.Y.T.Y.C.D. During that time he also competed in Professional Competitions as well as Pro / Amateur Competitions with his students. He also managed three dance studios.

 
 

 

 
 

TRICIA THOMSON (PIANO) is the Founder and Director, The Ohio Conservatory, and has studied with Brazilian pianist, Ney Salgado. She holds a master's degree in piano performance from New York University and also holds degrees from The Hochshule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, and The Catholic University in Washington, DC. She is director of The Ohio Conservatory where she teaches more than 100 students a week, using innovative and highly successful teaching methods honed over 20 years of teaching in Toronto and New York City.

Tricia has also been a filmmaker since 1981. Working with children, both as a filmmaker and as a teacher she has discovered a remarkable fact – that children are capable of more than many people imagine. The average child can do, understand and appreciate quite extraordinary things. Although great art of any kind requires mastery, it is, nevertheless, accessible to anyone who is exposed to it – not because it is easy – but because it speaks to the heart and to the mind. It makes us feel human, and it provides experience that lifts us beyond ourselves. Tricia believes that the arts are necessary to a culture: they are its spiritual and intellectual nourishment. Both the ordinary and the gifted possess genius. Sometimes genius lies in the ability to create – but more often it lies in the ability to experience.