by Joe Marchio
Fridays, at 11 am, EST/8 am, PST 
January 8 – March 26, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $100 for series of 12
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La Scala, Milan, Italy

Different music genres belong in buildings that enhance the music–in churches and cathedrals, symphony halls, theatres, opera houses, movie theaters, and, yes, even in orphanages. In a new Armchair Journey series, Joe Marchio will discuss the relationship between different types of music and the architectural structures in which they are most often heard. Some are inextricably intertwined; some are more versatile. Joe will guide us through buildings in several cities in Europe and the United States to explore these relationships in our 12-part series beginning Friday, January 8, and continuing through March 26. 

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Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin, Germany

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Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 

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January 8–San Marco in Venice, Italy

January 15–Ospedale della Pieta in Venice, Italy (Vivaldi)

January 22–La Scala in Milan, Italy 

January 29–Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany

February 5–Vienna, Austria music halls

February 12–King’s Chapel in Cambridge, England

February 19–Dvorak in America 

February 26–American Silver Screen (John Williams, Korngold, et al.)

March 5–America’s Broadway Theater (operettas)

March 12–American Concert Halls (BSO, Gehry’s Disney, et al.)

March–19–Europe’s Concert Halls (Proms, Concertgebouw, Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus)

March 26–Notre Dame, hope for its future...a new beginning


*This schedule is subject to change.

The Paramount, Oakland, California



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


  • Each session will cost $10 or listen to the entire series of 12 for $100

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • You will receive an email with the Zoom link to the lecture with instructions on how to login within 24 hours of the presentation

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.