On behalf of the Family and Parish Choirs and the entire St. Luke's congregation, we say thank you today to Keilor Kastella for sharing his musical talent with us for the past six-plus years.
During his time with us, Keilor has been enrolled in the LSU School of Music where he completed a Master of Music degree. Plus, this summer, he will finish the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance. Congratulations, Keilor on these educational milestones.
Keilor's keyboard abilities seem to know no bound. He is as comfortable improvising hymn and anthem accompaniments as he is playing Handel, Bach, or Brahms and our worship life has been enriched immeasurably during his time with us.
Many of us already know that Keilor and Dr. Ruby Dart had a close friendship almost from the moment they met. In fact, someone recently commented that the first time we heard Keilor playing the organ while Dr. Dart was in town we knew he was a keeper! Indeed, we believe Keilor was heaven-sent. We could almost see the mantle of musical excellence fall directly from her shoulders to his.
However, as we know, to everything there is a season, and Keilor's time with us at St. Luke's is drawing to a close. This summer, he and his spouse, Brian, will be moving to Potsdam, New York, where Brian has accepted a position on the faculty of the Potsdam Campus of SUNY. Brian, as you may know, is quite an accomplished flautist who has joined us on a number of musical occasions over the years.
Keilor, we wish you and Brian all the best as you depart from us. We have been inspired, challenged, and blessed by your musical gifts and your generosity in sharing them with us.
With much love,
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." - Numbers 6:24-26