Director of Music
Classical organist and improvisational artist Albert Charles (Chaz) Bowers III has delighted audiences from his native Western Pennsylvania to the shores of Bermuda with masterful performances of pieces from the canon of great organ literature. Drawing on his own experience as church organist and the rich traditions of church music, Mr. Bowers presents programs that are designed to inspire.
In addition to his many recitals, including St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh and Wesley United Methodist Church in Hamilton, Bermuda, Mr. Bowers has dedicated numerous organs in the region, such as those at Elm Grove United Methodist Church in Elm Grove, WV and Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale, PA.
He also frequently appears as guest organist with some of the area’s premier choral ensembles, most recently performing Rejoice in the Lamb (Benjamin Britten) with Voces Solis, an all-professional choir, and Requiem, Opus 9 (Maurice Duruflé) with the St. Vincent Camarata and Academy Chamber Orchestra.
Since 2014, Mr. Bowers has served as Director of Music and Principal Organist at St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon, PA. He is also Adjunct Professor of the Organ and Sacred Music Program and University Organist at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Prior to his appointment to St. Bernard’s, he served for five years as Director of Music at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Irwin and Assistant Organist at Greensburg’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
Mr. Bowers holds his Master’s Degree from Duquesne University, studying organ with Dr. Ann Labounsky and improvisation with Benjamin Cornelius-Bates. His undergraduate studies were completed at Seton Hill University, where he studied organ and service playing with Edgar Highberger and organ improvisation with J. Christopher Pardini. As part of a 2013 mini study-abroad trip with the organ studio at Duquesne University, he had the opportunity to perform on many of the great organs of Paris, at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Basilica of Saint Clotilde, the Church of San-Sulpice, The Madeline Church and others.
For more information on Chaz, visit www.chazbowers.com
Associate Director of Music
Aaron Sproul has been the Associate Director of Music at St. Bernard’s since December 2014. Additionally, Aaron sings in the Pittsburgh Compline Choir and frequently serves as organist for Liturgies and ceremonies at Duquesne University. Aaron has performed solo organ recitals throughout the Pittsburgh area and has had the opportunity to play organs in France, including the Grand Organ of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Before accepting his position at St. Bernard’s, Aaron served as the Director of Music at St. Barbara Church in Bridgeville, PA. Previously, he was the Director of Music at Nativity Church in South Park, PA, and Organist at First United Methodist Church in McKeesport, PA.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Duquesne University, with concentrations in Sacred Music and Music Technology. There, he studied with Dr. Ann Labounsky and sang in the Pappert Chorale, under the direction of Robert Kurth. Aaron is currently the treasurer of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and holds both Service Playing and Colleague certifications.
Director of Handbell Music and Assistant Organist
Xenia Yelovich is a recent graduate of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Sacred Music. While at Seton Hill, Xenia studied organ under Edgar Highberger, former Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg; and Chaz Bowers, Director of Music and Organist at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. Xenia maintains a small studio of piano students through the Seton Hill Community Music Program and continues to be active in the Westmoreland County chapter of PMTA.
Previously, Xenia served as organist at Trinity United Church of Christ in Greensburg, PA, and as an intern at St. Bernard’s from the fall of 2016 to the spring of 2017. Additionally, she has rung as a member of the Seton Hill St. Cecilia Ringers. Xenia is currently pursuing her Masters in Sacred Music under the direction of Dr. Ann Labounsky at Duquesne University.
Music Ministry Volunteers
Concert Series Publicity
Wedding Music Volunteer
Concert Series Publicity and Music Librarian
Music Ministry Administrative Assistant
Choir Robe Manager
Concert Series Publicity