Make a Joyful Noise unto the Earth

Psalm 100 tells us what we should do! Music at Chapel by the Sea gives you the opportunity!

Take a break from your hectic life’s schedule and join Chancel Choir or Chapel Bells or both!! A rewarding experience in music as well as fun and fellowship is yours for the asking. For more information, check out the groups below and/or call:


Music Ministries at 239-463-3173 ext. 25.

Michael Melnikov, Director of Music Ministries


Michael Melnikov, Director of Music Ministries/Organist is pleased to announce that the 2016/2017 Concert Series dates have been set. Be sure to save the dates! Notice that all of our concerts will be on Thursday evening. A free-will offering will be accepted at each concert. Call Lois Doggett at 239-463-3173 for details.


October 29, 2016 – Wild Coffee Duo.

  The Wild Coffee Duo is a cello and piano ensemble in the southwest Florida area. Susie Kelly and Abbey Allison are versatile musicians and frequently perform in a variety of styles. Both classically trained, they are at home on the concert stage, performing music from the Baroque era through 21st century concert music. They also play jazz standards, arrangements of pop songs, and several kinds of world music.

Susie Kelly is a member of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Southwest Florida Symphony, where she served as principal cellist for seven years. She has performed with the New World Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra and in the northeast with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, NY), New Haven Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. A Lois Rogers scholar at the Eastman School of Music, she received a master’s and bachelor’s degree with distinction in cello performance, and also holds a master’s degree in chamber music from the University of South Florida.

Abbey Allison is a professional accompanist/collaborator who has worked in the Ithaca (New York), Chicago, and southwest Florida areas. She holds a double degree in piano performance and string education from Ithaca College, and has worked with both student and professional instrumentalists and vocalists, ranging from national competition winners to contemporary music specialists to performers on live Public Radio. In addition to continuing her work as a freelance pianist, she is also the accompanist for the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, the service pianist for Temple Bat Yam (Sanibel), and teaches private lessons at Jay and Kay’s Music Studio.

Susie and Abbey first collaborated in a Heath Recital Series performance at The Violin Shop, in Bonita Springs. The two got along so well, both musically and personally, that they decided to form a duo. Formed in 2015, the Wild Coffee Duo is the happy result of that decision.

Saturday at 3 pm.


December 8, 2016 – Home for the Holidays presented by Voices of Naples.

  Chapel by the Sea is honored to once again host Voices of Naples, under the direction of Dr. Douglas Renfroe, as they present an evening of Christmas and Holiday favorites. The talented, vocal ensemble will be accompanied by pianist, LaVon Mattson, and members of the Southwest Florida Symphony. Voices of Naples was formed in 2002 to provide an opportunity for singers in and around Naples to study and perform choral music. Members are selected by referral and short audition, and study an eclectic repertoire ranging from classical to pop. Voices of Naples is a Florida not-for-profit corporation which provides scholarships to outstanding students in our area. Thursday at 7 pm.


January 26, 2017 – Duo Lana (Mother and Daughter).

  Svetlana Strezeva, a prominent Russian-American soprano, has been praised as “The Great Russian Nightingale” by Russia’s St. Petersburg press. Svetlana currently resides in the United States and performs with her daughter, pianist Milana Strezeva. Pianist, Milana Strezeva, received her Bachelor and Master degrees from The Juilliard School on a full scholarship. Together, this dynamic duo has given recitals throughout the US as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and China. Concert will feature selections from the classical, sacred, and popular repertoire. Thursday at 7 pm.


February 16, 2017 – TOMMY O.

  TOMMY O is an outstanding performer, a truly gifted talent. His performances consist of great versatility and encourage audience participation. He has been nicknamed “ELVIROTTI” which implies his vast range from that of Elvis to Pavarotti. The TOMMY O performance is a guaranteed display of impeccable, extraordinary showmanship and talent, leaving the audience with the generous gift of indelible joyous memories. Thursday at 7 pm.


March 2, 2017 – FGCU Piano Students.

Once again, we are delighted to host Florida Gulf Coast University students, majoring in Piano Performance. These students study under Dr. Michael Baron, Head of Keyboard Studies. Dr. Baron selects top students who regularly compete and win, throughout the United States and abroad. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear these up-and- coming professional musicians.

Ceren Su Sahin, born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1995 is currently a senior scholarship student at FGCU. She started her piano education at age 4 with Aylin Özuğur at the Youth Music Program of Bilkent University in Turkey and continued with Esra Kalkanoğlu at Bilkent University Preparatory School of Music until 2006, then went on to study under Prof. Seher Tanriyar at Mimar Sinal Fine Arts University.

In 2007 Ms. Su Shain won the “Jury Special Prize” at Vienna Young Pianists Masterclass held in Austria. She placed first in the “3rd Mozart International Piano Competition” held in Rome, Italy, and received many other accolades in Easter Europe. In 2012, she received the “Turkish Educational Foundation Eclat Scholarship” and performed in many concerts including MSGSU State Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra. She also studied in Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, as an Erasmus Exchange Program student of Prof. Jerzy Sterczynski.

Chansik Youn, from Seoul, South Korea, is currently studying with Dr. Baron, having received the Stein way Society Scholarship. He previously studied with Prof. Daehyun Kim in Seoul where he won first prize in the Seoul International Festival Competition and the Yejin Competition. He also performed as soloist with the Shobi Japanese Orchestra and was a featured performer at the Siena, Italy International Music Festival.

Last summer Mr. Youn performed as a soloist in Hungary. Since coming to the United States, he has given many recitals and won several competitions, including the Grieg Competition of Florida held in Orlando, the Senior Instrumental Category of the Young Artists Awards of the Alliance for the Arts, and the Senior Solo Division and Piano Duet Division of the Florida MTNA Competition. Most recently, he has won the prestigious Young Artist Category of the MTNA Competition as the finest university piano student in Florida.

Jason Marcell Gómez, born in the United States, from Salvadoran parents, began his musical studies at the age of 13 and at the age 15, he formalized his technical studies in El Salvador with maestro Mario Morales.

Mr. Gómez was the 2013 winner of the Gray Perry Young Collegiate Piano Competition honoring the finest freshman or sophomore in Florida. He graduated from the Bower School of Music FGCU, summa cum laude, and received the Myra and Van Williams Scholarship. In 2014 he performed Liszt’s Totentanz with the Ars Flores symphony Orchestra of Fort Lauderdale. As a winner of their competition, Jason has performed at the Summer Music Festival in Szeged, Hungary and at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Fort Lauderdale.

Thursday at 7 pm.  


March 24, 2017 – Memory Makers Big Band.

  This 19-piece traditional Big Band will start its 5th season in November of this year and is directed by Ray North, who, along with core members, has a lifetime in the Indiana Big Band scene. The Memory Makers concentrate on Big Band dance music from the 1920’s through today and will be performing in Chapel’s Silver Hall for your listening and dancing pleasure. All members of the Memory Makers are volunteers, and the Band operates as a non-profit organization, with excess proceeds going to music education charities each year. Thursday at 7 pm.


2016-2017 Concert Series Information
The Chapel’s adult vocal choir prepares anthems year round, including two services during “season” as well as special worship services throughout the year. Solo voices as well as special groups often perform during services. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM and Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM.
The Chapel Cats offer “praise and worship” songs the first Sunday of each month (Communion Sunday). The group is comprised of singers and instruments. If you would like to share your talents, give our Music Director, Michael Melnikov a call at (239) 331-5301. Practice is held the Wednesday before Communion Sunday at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary.
The adult Chapel hand bell choir prepares special selections for various worship services throughout the year. Practices are Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM and, when required, Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM.
The Chapel Chimers prepare special selections for various worship services throughout the year. It is open to beginners as well as experienced chimers. Practices are Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM.

The sanctuary at Chapel by the Sea seats 621 people.



Two grand pianos are located in the Sanctuary. In the choir/organ loft is a Kawai. On the main floor is the newly purchased Steinway Omega model; the largest of the Steinway’s “small grands”.

The Otto Altenburg piano is now located in Silver Hall, where it will be utilized for children’s concerts and other musical events. This was dedicated by Carl Matheny in memory of his wife, Donna Matheny, in 2013.


Pipe Organ

A Möller organ, opus 11846, was installed in the church in 1992 and in 2013 festival trumpet pipes were added.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 32 stops. 17 registers. 24 ranks. 1506 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes. With the installation of Festival Trumpets there are 35 stops and 1567 pipes.

Electric key action. Electric stop action. Draw knobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedal board. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


Unenclosed prepared for
16′ Bordun 8′ Holzgedackt
8′ Principal 8′ Erzahler
8′ Hohlflote 8′ Erzahler Celeste
4′ Octave 4′ Spitzflote
4′ Gedecktflote 2′ Flotenprinzipal
2′ Super Octave 1- 1/3′ Quinflote
IV Tks. Mixture IV Rks. Scharf
8′ Trompette 8′ Cormorne Tremulant
16′ Festival Trumpet
8′ Festival Trumpet
(prepared for)
enclosed 32′ Untersatz
8′ Flute a cheminee 16′ Principal
8′ Viole de Gambe 16′ Bordun
8′ Viole Celste 8′ Octave
4′ Principal 8′ Bordun
4′ Flute Ouverte 4′ Choralbass
2′ Flute Courte III Rks. Mixture
II Rks. Cornet 16′ Posaune
IV Rks. Plein jeu 8′ Trompette
16′ Basson 4′ Hautbois
8′ Trompette
8′ Hautbois


Hand Bells – 5 octave set of Malmark English hand bells


Chimes – 5 octave set of Malmark hand chimes