As many of you are aware, this year has been especially hard on charities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many losing their jobs and dealing with family members becoming ill, there is a greater need for assistance, and many charities have found difficulty supporting the increased number of people requiring help.
Bert and I have both experienced the effect of COVID-19 in our own lives as musicians. Many of our normal gigs and opportunities to spread joy at this time of year have been cancelled, and we wanted to find a way to use our gifts to spread some Christmas cheer and do some good for our community. Through thought and prayer, we decided to embark on a small virtual project to raise money for Catholic Charities here in the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston.
Catholic Charities reaches out to thousands of individuals in need here in the Houston area. With the use of donated funds,"a single mother can provide nutritious food for her children, a human trafficking victim can receive needed legal assistance, a woman veteran can earn a better-paying job, a lonely senior can receive a hot meal and companionship, and so much more." At this time of year, it is so important to celebrate the life of Christ by helping our neighbors and those that are less fortunate, and this year this need is even greater!
Bert and I decided to create this small downloadable album as a token of our appreciation for your support of our cause. Our artistic goal was to share some of our favorite Christmas hymns that aren't always heard at Christmas Mass each year. With the purchase of our album, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Catholic Charities along with any additional donations beyond the album cost!
Thank you so much for your generous donations! We hope our songs bring you some much needed light and joy this Christmas season!
Meet the Musicians
Milbert Tumaliuan , Piano
Milbert (“Bert”) C. Tumaliuan is a Houston-based pianist, piano teacher, and accompanist with over 20 years of experience. Tumaliuan received both his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. His primary teachers include Mr. Noel Orenica, Mrs. Ruth Tomfohrde, Dr. Tali Morgulis, and Dr. Courtney Crappell.
Mr. Tumaliuan is the music director at the University of Houston’s Catholic Newman Center, and a staff pianist at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugarland. Mr. Tumaliuan is also a freelance DJ, with over seven years of experience in providing DJ services for corporate and private events.
For information regarding booking (piano or DJ services) and for enrolling in his private piano studio, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Tann, Soprano
Soprano, Rebecca Tann, lives in Sugar Land, Texas where she works as a voice teacher, choral clinician, vocalist for weddings and funerals, and cantor for the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Ms. Tann holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Texas Tech University where she studied with Rebecca Wascoe-Hays. Last spring, she graduated with her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Houston studying under Cynthia Clayton.
Ms. Tann's operatic endeavors have lead her to participate in multiple young artist programs across the world, and allowed her to portray roles such a Carlotta Vance in Dinner at Eight, Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel, and Giorgetta in Il tabarro.
For more information regarding enrollment for her private voice studio, please visit the vocal studio tab above or email her at email@example.com