The choir of Holy Cross rehearses every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.
Please join us.   A music folder will be waiting for you.







Shreveport, Louisiana
previously the parish of St. Mark’s Church, now St. Mark’s Cathedral

St. Mark’s Church
William B. Reeve     1905
Leo Bonnell Pomeroy     1920-1927
Bertha Moore     1928-1948
William C. Teague     August, 1948-1954

Church of the Holy Cross
Robert Searcy     1954
Edna Fitch     1955
Mamie Spence (Mrs. Raymond L. Spence)     1955
Conrad Soderstrom     1975-1985
Donald Clyde Hale, Jr.     1985-1992
Ronald E. Dean     1992-2015; appointed Organist/Choirmaster Emeritus     2015
Bruce Power     2015


Sunday, June 9 – Day of Pentecost:  Whitsunday at the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist
Calvin Alexander, violin
                                Photo:  Scarlett Hendricks
Calvin Alexander, 14, started studying violin at the Centenary Suzuki School at the age of four where his teacher is Director, Laura Crawford. He is also taught by Jan Sloman of the Cleveland
Institute of Music and has performed in master classes with several nationally known violinists including Jinjoo Cho, Martin Beaver, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis, and more. Cal has participated in the Music Teachers National Association competition for three years, and he advanced to the national competition this past March through winning his division which encompassed Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and of course Louisiana. Cal was one of the winners of the 2017 Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists’ Competition and performed with that orchestra last year. Cal has also soloed with the Marshall Symphony and the Centenary Youth Orchestra. He has won the Red River Radio Young Artists’ Competition for the past two years, in which he had the opportunity to perform on a live radio broadcast. He also toured the United States, Canada, and Sao Paulo, Brazil acting in three Broadway musicals, Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story and Matilda, from 2012 through 2015.


Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.
The Shreveport Summer Music Festival Concert

for more information



Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m.
A concert by The Northwestern Chamber Choir of Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Conducted by Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins
A free concert





Easter Day, April 21
Music for Choir, Organ, and Trumpet

Francisco Javier Ballestas Sayas,








The Last Sunday after the Epiphany       March 3, 2019     
at the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist

Thomas Hundemer, french horn

             Thomas Hundemer, principal horn of the Shreveport Symphony since 1983, and a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana, has performed with many orchestras in the U.S and Mexico, among them the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico, and the Quad Cities Symphony (Iowa-Illinois). He is principal horn with the orchestras of Longview, Marshall, Texarkana and South Arkansas, and 3rd horn with the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, CA, and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. Mr. Hundemer is Director of the Hurley Music Library and Lecturer in Horn at Centenary College in Shreveport as well at Bossier Parish Community College, and was the 1997 recipient of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship in Music, as well as a 1999 and 2001 individual artist grants. Mr. Hundemer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in composition from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Arts degree in horn performance from the University of Iowa.
            As a composer he has had numerous performances of works for chamber ensembles and choir, including his orchestral piece On Highways and Byways, commissioned for the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and premiered by the Shreveport Symphony in 2004. In 1996, his scoring and arrangement of Despujols Portraits (music by French painter Jean Despujols) for orchestra was performed and recorded by the Shreveport Symphony for the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College. Three of his arrangements for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s appearance with the Shreveport Symphony were performed in 1999 at Shreveport’s historic Municipal Auditorium. A commissioned work in honor of U. S. veterans for horn, percussion and strings, 11.11.11, was premiered in November 2011 as part of the Carthage, Texas Veterans
Day ceremony.


The Feast of the Epiphany     January 6, 2019     
Epiphany Pageant and Children’s Sermon  with the Holy Eucharist:  Rite II at 11:00 a.m.
with Janis Teague, violin
Janis Adams Teague was raised in Montana and Wyoming. After receiving a B. M. Ed. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, she implemented and coordinated the Orchestral Strings program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina public schools.  Janis has played in numerous professional orchestras in North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  She has performed in the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall with the North Carolina Symphony and the Opera Orchestra of New York.  Her passion for and abilities on her violin came not from her college experience but from her good fortune of being in several different cities and states where she studied under numerous concertmasters of various symphonic and opera orchestras. 
               Janis has a diverse private violin studio where she delights in sharing her passion:  the art, beauty, soul, joy, and love of the violin.









December 24th  Christmas Eve
4:30 p.m.   Music for two violins, viola, and organ performed by Mary and Zackery Grant
5:00 p.m.    The Holy Eucharist:  Rite II with Sermon
Music for choir, strings and organ

               Mary Eileen Grant plays violin in area symphonies and ensembles. With her husband, Zack, she is co-owner of All Strings for Granted.  Ms. Grant, a Shreveport area native, is the part-time music teacher  at Ascension Classical School, and a full time mother.  Ms. Grant graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Music Therapy.  She worked as a music therapist across the country prior to returning home in 2008, and then worked at Willis Knighton Hospice until the birth of her first child.
               Zackery Grant is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Zack enjoys playing viola in area symphonies and the All Strings for Granted Quartet. Zack is an itinerant music teacher in Caddo Parish, a realtor, and a proud father.





December 2, The First Sunday of Advent       Advent Lessons and Carols with The Holy Eucharist:  Rite II
Advent Lessons and Carols will serve as the Liturgy of the Word and will be followed with the Eucharist.
David Jankowski will be performing one of J. S. Bach’s cello suites.

Cellist David Jankowski is a native of Virginia and from a family with a strong musical tradition.  Inspired by his two older sisters who played violin, he began violin lessons with his mother at age 3 and switched to the cello at age 10.  Mr. Jankowski attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for high school and continued his education at Oberlin College and Conservatory where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of the Arts in History. He then attended Rice University ’s Shepherd School of Music where he earned his Master of Music degree. Mr. Jankowski  has played cello in the Shreveport Symphony for nineteen seasons, in addition he teaches violin and cello in Bossier Parish Schools.








November 11, The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Daily Morning Prayer with The Holy Eucharist:  Rite II
Parishioner, Steve Snodgrass, performs violin works of Leclair and B






September 16th, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
On Sunday morning, September 16th, the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, we will
welcome our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob Owensby, IV Bishop of Western Louisiana.  Our Bishop’s visitation is always a double pleasure, as we will also celebrate Holy Cross’ founding and name day.

At the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist, Francisco Javier Ballestas Sayas, trumpet, will perform with our choir and organ.








July 1   The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost     at the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist

perform American and French Music for violin, organ, and parlor organ (harmonium/pump organ).  Janis also performs with the Holy Cross Choir.









A free concert on Sunday,
June 3rd at 3:00 p.m.
works of Adams, Glass,
Copland, and Tchaikovsky
with Holly Mulcahy, violin
Kermit Poling and
Leonard Kacenjar, conductors

For more information please contact
Shreveport Summer Music Festival
P.O. Box 4125
Shreveport LA 71134                 (318) 230-0759                
After hearing Scheherazade at an early age, Holly Mulcahy fell in love with the violin and knew it would be her future. Since then, she has won multiple tenured positions in symphonic orchestras from Richmond to Phoenix and has performed on a variety of domestic and international tours including the Washington National Opera Japan tour under the leadership of Placido Domingo and the 2012 Carnegie Hall appearance with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
She currently serves as concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and began developing her leadership skills at the renowned Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with former Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Herbert Greenberg.  In recent seasons she has enjoyed serving as guest concertmaster for the Columbus Symphony (OH), Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and a one year appointment as interim concertmaster for Orchestra Iowa.

As an in-demand performer, Holly maintains a very busy schedule serving as traveling concertmaster for the Emmy Award winner George Daugherty’s Bugs Bunny at the Symphony program and performing with Grammy award winning Nashville Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony.

She spends her summers at the celebrated Grand Teton Music Festival where in addition to performing in the violin section and assistant principal second, Holly volunteers as an active chamber musician. In the summer of 2011, she performed Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio under Ms. Higdon’s direct supervision. Following the performance, Higdon said “Working with Holly Mulcahy was fantastic. She’s a superb musician and a great colleague. I always think my Piano Trio is a great test for violinists, because it has such wildly varying moods: long and lyrical lines, delicately played, and then racing and driving rhythms, moving at top speeds with intensity. Holly nailed it all splendidly. I would work with her again any chance I could. She was wonderful.”

Passionate about all things etiquette, Holly makes her home in Chicago, IL where she maintains a reputation for planning and hosting exquisite gourmet parties. In addition to an active performing career, she is the author of Neo Classical, a monthly column on the future of classical music. She enjoys gardening, organic cooking, and spoiling her cats. A lover of all things outdoors, she aspires to start her own organic farm.

Holly performs on a 1917 Giovanni Cavani violin, previously owned by the late renowned soloist Eugene Fodor, and a bespoke bow made by award winning master bow maker, Douglas Raguse.






May 6th     The Sixth Sunday of Easter     Steve Snodgrass performs works of Dornel and Branche





April 1          Sunday of the Resurrection:  Easter Day at the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist
Music for choir, trumpet, and organ

Francisco Javier Ballestas Sayas, trumpet
           Francisco Javier Ballestas Sayas is a native of Cartagena, Colombia.   In Columbia, his teachers have included Milton Suescun and Jorge Pardo, and Alexancer Solomeniuk of Russia.
            In 2012, Mr. Sayas performed the Josef Haydn Trumpet Concerto with French conductor,  Francesca Canali.  Also in 2012, Mr. Sayas received a scholarship to study at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
            A current student at Northwestern, Mr. Sayas is pursuing study in music education and performance.  His major professor is Galindo Rodriguez.  Mr. Sayas is the Principal Trumpet of the Northwestern Symphony