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A Series of Discussions of Western Composers by Joe Marchio
Tuesdays, at 11 am, EDT 
April 7-May 26, 2020
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $65 for series of 8

Joe Marchio, a true renaissance man, conductor, organist, pastor and
teacher, with a considerable breadth of knowledge about seemingly everything, will conduct a series of talks about some of the great western classical composers and their symbiotic relationship with culture, art, and history. Every week, Joe will elaborate on a different composer and include in the discussions not only the life story and music selections to illustrate the evolution and influences of the writer, but also the cultural context in which each composer lived.


April 7–Johann Sebastian Bach

April 14–George Frederick Handel

April 21–Josef Haydn

April 28–Wolfgang A Mozart

May 5–Ludwig v Beethoven

May 12–Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn

May 19–Robert and Clara Schumann

May 26–Johannes Brahms


*This schedule is subject to change.


Johann Sebastian Bach

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George Frederick Handel

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Ludwig v Beethoven



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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.


Some of the western world’s greatest composers - their creations and their times. Joe Marchio will focus on one composer a week, for the most part.  Each session will last about one hour, with a 45-minute talk followed by Q&A.

Your armchair in the comfort of your home & a good cuppa...
Your computer, tablet, or mobile device 

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Josef Haydn


  • Each session will cost $10 or listen to the entire series of 8 for $65

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an email with the link to the lecture with instructions on how to login

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.
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