Trio Di Scala: Lee student to perform in trio at Cowan Center

Published on Thursday, 1 May 2014 23:01 - Written by Emily Guevara

 Tyler resident Abigail Jorden has studied music for 12 years and on Saturday she will perform here in a trio with two of her longtime friends.

Miss Jorden, 17, who is a Robert E. Lee High School junior, will join Evan Ritter, 18, and Alex Davis-Pegis, 16, both of Dallas, for a Saturday performance in the Braithwaite Recital Hall at The University of Texas at Tyler’s R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 3 p.m.

Together, the three form Trio Di Scala, a group that features Miss Jorden on violin, Ritter on piano and Davis-Pegis on cello.

The concert will feature classical music from composers, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Henryk Wieniawski and Johan Halvorsen based on themes by George Frideric Handel.

Entrance to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The concert will serve as a fundraiser for Miss Jorden who is going on a mission trip to Uganda in June as part of the Graceful Stringsgroup, which is made up primarily of Grace Community School students who play string instruments. The trip will cost her about $3,000.

The group will spend 10 days in the East African country of Uganda and will play their instruments.

The trip is being arranged in cooperation with Parental Care Ministries, a ministry that provides schooling and resources for orphans and other children as well as pastoral support and training in Uganda.

“I love traveling and I just thought it would really be fun to be able to express my love for music with other people and just be able to do that with all these different kids,” Miss Jorden said.

This week, she met two of the girls she likely will see this summer when she visits.

Dianah Nakayenga, 14, and Adrine Turyakira, 17, were among a group of children from Uganda who visited Tyler for several weeks through Parental Care Ministries.

The children planned to spend a couple days in Dallas before traveling to Michigan where they would spend two weeks. On Monday night they stayed with Miss Jorden’s family before heading out of town.

For more information about Parental Care Ministries, visit