Renowned Maestro Jung Ho Pak To Conduct the Fine Arts Summer Academy

World renowned Maestro Jung Ho Pak of Los Angeles will be joining the Fine Arts Summer Academy as the conductor for this year’s Gala performance at the Grand Ole Opry! The Cape Cod Times calls him the “Electricity Conductor.” The New York Times says he “radiates enthusiasm,” and the Los Angeles Times describes him as “a real grabber.” And that suits Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, just fine. He firmly believes the orchestra doesn’t exist to simply play notes, but to “grab souls.”

This desire to create a “passionate synergy” between himself and the orchestra has earned him a reputation as a revolutionary thinker in the world of classical music. His mission is to inspire and entertain all generations—onstage and off.

As a passionate advocate for arts in education, he is dedicated to making classical music more accessible to the younger generation. He was drawn to the Cape because of the orchestra’s talent, courage and resources. He was compelled to come because the musicians, staff and board here share his educational dreams.

In addition to his role with the CCSO, Pak currently leads Orchestra Nova San Diego, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Summer Orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is also music director emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

He has been the music director at the San Diego Symphony, University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California, Berkeley. For eight years, he served as the principal conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and has been on national television (60 Minutes, Disney Channel) and radio (NPR) for many years. As a Guest Conductor for a variety of well-known orchestras, he has travelled to Europe, the Soviet Union, South America and Asia.

While he’s crazy about the Classics, there’s more than Bach and Beethoven on this conductor’s iPod. His tastes are encompassing and eclectic. His favorite piece is “whatever I’m listening to or conducting that moment!”

"Go West, Pioneer" - A Look Back

Annie Moses Band closed out our winter season with a three week tour of the Mountain West and Southern California. Exchanging the Jekyll/Hyde weather of Tennessee for the sunny climes of Los Angeles was, needless to say, a big hit with the crew. The trek started off in Oklahoma where the Band encountered a ferocious blizzard. With visibility close to zero, we managed to squeak in for a Sunday morning performance. Thankfully, the good company and hospitality of the folks at Ray of Hope Church in Comanche, OK, made us feel welcome in the midst of nature's fury.

The skies were clearer out West. Several days in Sedona, AZ, surrounded by breathtaking vistas, sparked songwriting, exploration and allowed us some much needed rest. A short drive to Phoenix, AZ, brought us to one of the highlights of the trip: a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments.

These musical instrument exhibits are the largest in the world. A handy headset allows you to enter into the sights and sounds of cultures from all over. You will discover many things: among them, that dance grooves are universal, and that plucked instruments are far more popular than bowed ones (time to bring AMB overseas!).

A pivot to Flagstaff, and then our caravan headed for Southern Cal. After a performance at the beautiful chapel in Loma Linda, we began a five day marathon, interacting with young public students throughout the LA area. Thanks to the excellent work of the Carpenter Center, we not only invested in the lives of dozens of young students, but performed great show in a pristine night under the stars.

Well, fast forward: the drive back took us south to Tucson (beautiful town!) and through the deserts of West Texas. Two concerts later (thanks, Snyder and Longview!) we headed for Nashville, a full three weeks after departing for the West.

One thing's for sure: a four day journey sure beats a year long one! (read your history…)

AMB Heading Out West!

Over the next three weeks, the AMB will be touring through Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and California. The music strikes up in Comanche OK and plays through Phoenix, Flagstaff, Inglewood CA, La Jolla, Long Beach, North Loma Linda, Tucson AZ, Snyder TX and closes out in Longview. Be sure and check out the Tour page for more info on where, when, and how to get there. See you on the other side of the Rockies!

Read Robin's New Article "All I Want For Christmas"

MTL Magazine has published our mother's witty and poignant new article, "All I Want For Christmas"! Read the beginning and then click here to read the rest!

“God’s doesn’t give you what you want!” my friend said, as I followed her through the department store. “He gives you what you need.”

I’m sure she meant well, but we were Christmas shopping. How irritating! Her comment conjured up a dreary image of God scouring heaven for a dull, sensible gift—perhaps a trash can or some shoe polish.

As we rummaged through the racks, a vintage Christmas song began to play: “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” I nudged my friend playfully. “Maybe that little girl should be singing, “All I need for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

Song of Annie Moses Mission

The educational mission of Annie Moses Ministries and Robin Wolaver is to create a renaissance of artistic excellence and a firm foundation of faith through the arts.  For all those parents and grandparents who desire to make this movement influential in their own children's lives, check out RobinWolaver.com!  The website offers interviews, videos, articles, and more that will change your worldview and shape your life purpose in an inspirational way.  You don't want to miss it!

Robin Wolaver and AMB in Guideposts Magazine!

Hello Everyone! We are excited to announce that the Annie Moses Band and Robin Wolaver will be featured in the September issue of Guideposts Magazine!  This special article will focus on The Song of Annie Moses, Robin Wolaver's new literary offering, and will include never-before-seen photos!  Check it out at Guideposts.org or your local bookstore!

Learn more about Robin Wolaver and The Song of Annie Moses at RobinWolaver.com!

50% Special: The Song of Annie Moses

Hello Everyone! We wanted to let all of you know about a great opportunity today!  This day, Monday, August 5, you can get The Song of Annie Moses half off!  BarnesandNoble.com is offering a 50% special to its customers!  The Song of Annie Moses, the amazing memoir of Robin Wolaver and of the AMB's musical legacy, will be only $7.99!  Click here to purchase the brand-new book from Robin Donica Wolaver!

To learn more about Robin Wolaver and The Song of Annie Moses, click here!

"Rhapsody In Bluegrass" Marks FASA's Opry House Debut

The excitement generated by the 2013 Fine Arts Summer Academy is still reverberating.  FASA's debut at the Grand Ole Opry House signaled a new era for the Academy, capping off ten years of enormous growth.  2013 has been the best year yet, joining 300+ students and faculty from all over the United States and beyond for a 2-week-long extravaganza culminating in the spectacular gala show Rhapsody in Bluegrass at the Grand Ole Opry House. Coming alongside FASA in this awesome journey was Grammy-award-winner Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station, performing the bluegrass single 'Ivy' from  his new album 'Walking Song'.   Jimmy Wayne closed out Rhapsody in Bluegrass with his heart-warming, powerful testimonial, 'How Jesus Felt' and  the Summer Pops Symphony & Chorus, directed by Maestro Kyunghun Kim of Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, poured heart and hard-earned skill into a genre bending presentation that spanned Hank Williams to Dvorak.  One audience member said it best: "I just witnessed a miracle."  The 2013 Rhapsody in Bluegrass Gala was an incredible moment that none of us will forget.

Thanks to the outstanding work of our live film crew, the magic of Rhapsody in Bluegrass is available on DVD! Just call 615.656.5739 and relive FASA's Opry debut.  Also check out FASA 2014 dates and info at http://www.fineartssummeracademy.com!

Annie Moses Band Receives Prestigious Award

On Friday, May 10th, the Annie Moses Band was honored to receive the Bennet Recognition Award, also known as “The Macedonian Call”, an annual award presented by Trinity College of Florida.  This unique award is given to select individuals who through speech, life, love, faith and purity exemplify the shared core values of Trinity College of Florida in serving humanity. Recipients of this recognition award have modeled personal integrity, global influence, and spiritual impact at the highest levels of society.  Previous recipients have included Billy Graham; the award has only been presented three times in the College’s history.  The President of Trinity College of Florida, in consultation with the College community, selects the recipient.  The award was given at Trinity College’s Celebration Banquet, an event celebrating 80 years since the founding of the College.

Annie Moses Band Performs At The National Day of Prayer

This past week, the Annie Moses Band was privileged to perform at the Annual National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C.  Alongside patriots and speakers such as Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Rear Admiral William D. Lee (United States Coast Guard), Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Greg Laurie, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL), Father Jerome A. Magat, and Congressman Frank Wolf, (VA), those assembled prayed for the future of our country, joining with hundreds of similar events across America.  To learn more about the National Day of Prayer, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org and continue to pray for our nation.

Highlights of 2012

Well everyone, 2012 has come to its close. Here are some of the highlights of our year! #1 The birth of Audrey Jane Wolaver, September 7th, 2012

Our family has been given a precious addition this year! Berklee and Alex had their first little baby girl, Audrey Jane Wolaver, on September 7th. She is a continual delight, getting plump and pudgy and bringing immeasurable joy into our lives! A true little lady.

#2 Carnegie Hall Debut

We have dreamed for years to perform in Carnegie Hall, and we were blessed beyond measure in 2012 to see that dream come true in a performance with the North American Choir and Orchestra. NYC in January was definitely chilly! The show was an amazing experience, and so was the cruise on the Hudson afterwards! Many thanks to all who participated with us!

#3 Standing Ovation Debut on the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium

In November we performed on the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium. It was quite a moment to stand on that stage for the first time! We were blessed with a standing ovation after playing 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' for the packed house, which was just amazing. It was an awesome night!

#4 FASA 2012

This year's Fine Arts Summer Academy was undoubtedly the best yet! The Younger Division culminated in the final show "Poems, Prayers, & Promises", a fun and touching musical about the Word of God. We got to work with truly amazing young talents! The Upper Division Gala show 'Quo Vadis' was absolutely phenomenal. It was the first year for the Gala show to be held in Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus. The students gave their best and the Spirit of God truly visited us!

#5 The Release of Pilgrims & Prodigals

On October 2nd, the long awaited Pilgrims & Prodigals was released to stores. We are excited about this newest project and look forward to touring the music in 2013. To order a copy just hop over to the store page!

#6 Blush Music Video

The first single from Pilgrims & Prodigals, Blush, is a song dear to our hearts. We were given the opportunity to partner with the amazingly talented director David Kearn for the project. It was a blast to film our first ever music video on location at Rippa Villa, a Civil War mansion in the heart of the Tennessee hills. Click here to watch the Blush music video.

#7 The Christmas Tour and Ultimate Christmas Collection

As always, Christmas was the highlight of our year! We toured all the way from Texas to Florida to Louisiana on the three week tour. For the first time this year we had the Ultimate Christmas Collection, which is very true to its name! The box set contains four CDs and two DVDs, including our newest Christmas offering, Christmas Comes Softly, the meditative, intimate album of beloved Christmas carols.

Thanks to God and to everyone who made 2012 such a wonderful year. We look forward to what 2013 will bring! Happy New Year to you all!