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West Hartford Musicians to Perform in Pulmonary Fibrosis Benefit Concert


Team PFF will present ‘Music In Blue: A Benefit Concert for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’ on Saturday, July 18.


Enjoy classic tunes and modern pop songs performed by a group of young musicians from West Hartford, Connecticut in a delightful 30-minute benefit concert for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF).

The virtual concert will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m.

The talented Ruening-Scherer family is joined by several friends to present timeless favorites including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and songs like “Blue Skies” – using “blue” as a special nod to the PF community.

Family, friends, and neighbors are invited to tune-in to this program in support of the PFF’s important work on behalf of people living with pulmonary fibrosis.

The link to the concert will go live on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m., and can be accessed through this link and below.

Donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation can be made here.

About the Musicians

Stephanie ReuningScherer (vocalist) is a rising senior at Conard High School in West Hartford, CT. A lifelong lover of singing, she has performed the role of Janet in Conard High School’s production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. She also has appeared in West Hartford Summer Festival Productions of LEGALLY BLONDE (Elle Woods), and THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Wednesday).  She regularly performs in area churches and cabarets, and like many others has taken up video editing and virtual performing. She hopes you enjoy the result!

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer (keyboards) is the Director of Music at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford where he partners with PFF supporter Mal Doyle. Jonathan is also a senior lecturer of statistics at Yale University. Jonathan is Music Director of the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival and is a board member of the Hartt School of Music.

Michelle Horsley (keyboards) is the director of music at South Congregational Church in New Britain, CT.   Michelle is also the Associate Music Director of the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Michelle works throughout New England as an organist, composer, conductor and arranger. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Michelle and Jonathan to move into a virtual music world, and they hope you enjoy the results. 

Joel ReuningScherer (percussion) is an engineering major at Valparaiso University. He has performed as a percussionist in church since the age of 7 and has performed in numerous productions in the Hartford area.

Ben Petkaitis (bass) is a recent graduate of Conard High School where he and Stephanie regularly perform together. A student in the Lincoln Center Jazz program, Ben will be studying bass on a full-ride scholarship at William Patterson University this fall.

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