February Mid-Week Recital:

Thomas Batson, piano.

Presented by Dr. James E. Smith, First UMC Music Director, the Mid-Week Recital series is held on the second Wednesdays of the month. Recitals begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. online.

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February’s Mid-Week Recital features Tom Batson, piano. Tom is a pianist and accompanist based in New York City. Tom began piano studies at the age of six with Cathy Miller, later attending the Colburn School of Music under the tutelage of Mina Perry for eight years. In 2020, he completed studies with Michael Lewin and Pavel Nersessian at Boston University, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in Piano Performance and English. Alongside his solo performance, Tom is an avid collaborative pianist who especially enjoys accompanying vocalists and playing chamber music.

Currently, Tom works as a Program Assistant for Grants Management at Trinity Church Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City whose philanthropy touches housing and homelessness, racial justice, leadership development, and mission real estate development. After nearly twenty years, Tom is delighted to reconnect with the Santa Monica First community and looks forward to sharing a program of piano works by Schumann, Debussy, and Barber.


Various guest musicians alongside Jim Smith, Music Director, and Ty Woodward, resident organist, have been featured during the Sunday online and In-Person worship service.

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Past Recitals

View the January 2023 Mid-Week Recital featuring Laurent Jochum, organ.

View the December 2022 Mid-Week Recital: with Beth Chouinard-Mitchell, tuba; Hannah Yi, piano

View the November 2022 Mid-Week Recital: with Susan Greenberg, Michele Zukovsky, and Dr. Pierre Tang 

View the October 2022 Mid-Week Recital: with Nora Chiang Wrobel, piano; Limor Toren-Immerman, violin;Garik Terzian, cello

View the September 2022 Mid-Week Recital: with Mak Grgic [GER-gich], guitar.

View the May 2022 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Clayton Haslop, violin; Kevan Torfeh, cello; and Wendy Prober-Cohen, piano. View the Recital Program

View the April 2022 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Sean O’Neal, organ

View the Recital Program

View the March 2022 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Ty Woodward, organ; Dr. Jim Smith, piano and organ

View the Program

View the February 2022 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Tae Yeon Lim, piano

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View the January 2022 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Philip Vaiman, violin / Miloš Veljković, piano.

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View the November 2021 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Kirill and Anna Gliadkovsky, piano duo.

View the Program

View the October 2021 Mid-Week Recital, featuring Cristina Montes Mateo, harp

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September 2021 Recital: Tengyue (TY) Zhang, classical guitar

View Recital Program Here

May 2021 Mid-Week Recital: Rufus Choi, piano

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April 2021 Mid-Week Recital: Kevan Torfeh & Friends:

Kevan Torfeh, cello; Jim Smith, organ and piano; Tomasz Golka & Anna Kostyuchek, violins; and Linda Muggeridge, oboe.
View the Recital Program here

March 2021 Recital: David York, organ

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February 2021 Recital: Aram Barsamian, baritone; accompanied by Mark Salters, piano.

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Wednesday, January 13: Ty Woodward, organ; David Searfoss, trumpet; Stephen Billington, trumpet
View the Recital Program here

Wednesday, December 9, 2020: Calico Winds, wind ensemble
View the Recital Program here

Wednesday, November 11 2020, Kirill Gliadkovsky, piano

View the Recital Program (list of pieces and artist bio)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Nancy Roth, violin; Lorenzo Sanchez, piano

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020: Aaron Shows, organ

View the Recital Program for Aaron Shows

August 12, 2020 – Susan Greenberg, flute; Cristina Montes Mateo, harp


July 8, 2020 – Connie Sheu, guitar, and Elise Henry, flute


June 11, 2020 – Duo Imaginalis: Ekaterina Bessmettseva, piano; Hugo Nogueira, guitar


Learn more about Duo Imaginalis on their website and Instagram.

May 13, 2020 – Mark Robson, Piano Online Recital


January 8, 2020 – David Childs, baritone

David Childs is a baritone who specializes in Jewish Music. He holds a degree in Vocal Performance from UCLA and is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival. David’s past musical endeavors include singing solo roles with several performing groups: Guild Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Aspen Opera Center, & LA Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, David performed a recital with pianist Mark Robson as part of Boston Court’s Emerging Artist Series. David also played accordion with the Latin-American folk-pop band, We The Folk. He currently serves as Cantorial Intern at Sinai Temple in Westwood and is studying at the Ziegler School of Rabbinics at American Jewish University.

March 11, 2020 – Sergey Kosemyan, cello; Anna Markosyan, piano

Sergey Kosemyan is a recipient of the UNESCO Gold Medal, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aram Khachaturian, 2008.  He is the prize winner of the following International Competitions:  Aram Khachaturian International Competition, 2006; Pierre Lantier International Chamber Music Competition (Grand Prix), Paris, 2002; the National Young Artist Competition in Yerevan, Armenia (1997) First Prize; and the winner of the Premier Prix de La Conservatoire National Superior de Paris, 2002.  He is the founder of the Classic Art Trio (2014), and Kosemyan Ensemble (2017) in Mexico.  His teachers have been Mstislav Rostropovich, Philipe Müller, Harry Hoffman, and Dominique de Williencourt.

Anna Markosyan is a graduate of the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, and winner of the A. Babajanyan National Piano Competition (Armenia).  She has performed in chamber ensembles in Armenia, Russia, Europe, Mexico and the USA.

May 8, 2019 – David York, organ


April 10, 2019 – The Wilder Trio, clarinet, bassoon & piano


The Wilder Trio with Gernot Wolfgang, composer of “Uncle Bebop.”

March 13, 2019 – AlmaNova Duo, flute and guitar



February 13, 2019 – Lukas Hasler, organ 



March 14, 2018 – Duo Ondine: Boglárka Kiss, Flute; Alison Bjorkedal, Harp



February 7, 2018 – Althea Waites, Piano – February 7, 2018



May 10, 2017 – Jaebon Hwang, Organ

The finale of the 2017 Mid-Week Recital series is with award-winning composer and organist, Jaebon Hwang!  She is organist at Westwood United Methodist Church where she presides over one of the largest organs in the region.  Awarded the Fellow of American Guild of Organists, the organization’s highest level of certification, she is active as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist.


May 9, 2018 – Christoph Bull, Organ


YouTube Thumb Christoph Bull

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