Organ Concert Series

17th Annual Organ Concert Series, 2020-2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are offering the 2020-2021 Organ Concert Series both in person and online. 

1) IN PERSON – Maximum in-person attendance is 100, by reservation only. Click HERE to reserve a seat for the Jan. 31 concert.
2) LIVESTREAMING – The concert will be streamed live on the church’s website and Facebook page.  You may also watch this after the concert has finished, whenever it is convenient for you, and please share with your friends!

Guidelines for in-person attendance:

*Masks will be required at all times.
*Social safe distancing will be observed at all times.
*Free-standing hand sanitizing stations will be at each entrance.
*There will not be a reception after the concert.
*Programs will be laid out for individuals to pick up if desired.
*Concert attenders will sign in prior to entering the sanctuary, to confirm your reservation.
*Until further notice, all pew cushions will be removed.
*Plan to enter the building from the parking lot side. After the concert, exit towards the north side (back of sanctuary, towards Observatory Ave.) if you are able. If you have special needs, you may exit from the awning door on the parking lot side (no stairs). 
*Anyone with a cold, flu-like symptoms, and/or a fever greater than 100 degrees should stay home.
*Offering plates will be stationed at the exits. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

All performances are free to the public. Concerts start at 4:00pm and last approximately 90 minutes with a short intermission. Doors open at 3:00pm. 

To give online, please click HERE.
Be sure to select “Organ Concert Series” as the designated fund.

Rhonda Sider Edgington

October 25th, 2020


Rhonda Sider Edgington is often commended for her innovative programming, colorful use of registrations, and exciting playing. She spent seven years studying, working and performing in Bremen, Germany, originally under a Fulbright scholarship. She has played recitals at venues such as St. Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City, Arizona State University, and the Cadet Chapel at West Point. Edgington has performed at national and regional organ conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society. She has taught organ at Concordia University (IL), and Houghton College (NY). She is an avid collaborative musician, accompanying on organ, piano, and harpsichord, and also plays the carillon. Rhonda is the Organist and Assistant Music Director at Hope Church in Holland, Michigan, Organ Instructor at Calvin University, Staff Accompanist at Hope College, Dean of the Holland American Guild of Organists chapter, and maintains an active performing career in the U.S. and Europe.

Graeme Shields &
Brenda Portman

January 31st, 2021

Composer/organists Graeme Shields and Brenda Portman will present a program of their own works, including several world premieres.  All of the selections were composed within the last five years. 

Graeme Shields is Canadian-born, recently relocated to Cincinnati, and currently pursuing a DMA in composition at CCM. His works have been performed across the United States, Canada, and Russia. He is a founding member of Vital Organ Project, a composer-organist duo that facilitates the creation and performance of new music featuring the abilities and distinction of the pipe organ. 

Brenda Portman is the Resident Organist at Hyde Park Community UMC. Her compositions have been increasingly in demand in recent years, with commissions from the American Guild of Organists and various churches. She holds a DMA in organ performance from CCM, and has won awards in both organ performance competitions and composition competitions.

Aaron David Miller

April 25th, 2021

Aaron David Miller is noted for his highly imaginative and creative style, found in his performances, improvisations and compositions. Prize winner of several prestigious competitions, including the top prize at the AGO National Improvisation Competition, and the Bach and Improvisation prizes at the Calgary International Organ Festival Competition, he is also noted for his fine performances of repertoire spanning all periods. His recital performances have taken him across the country performing in concert halls, churches, and collaborating with ensembles of all sizes. A prolific composer, many of Dr. Miller’s compositions have won critical acclaim. He has received numerous commissions, including his Concerto for Two Organists, which was premiered and recorded by the Zurich Symphony, a work performed in celebration of the 60th anniversary season of the Toledo Symphony, and works for ACDA-MN, the 2016 AGO national convention in Houston, and the 100th anniversary of the organ in Balboa Park, San Diego. He serves as the Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota and maintains an active recital schedule. He is a forensic musicologist for Donato Music in Scarsdale, NY.

Casavant Organ Specifications

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Organ by Casavant Frères, Opus 3671 The organ at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church (Opus 3671) was built by Casavant Frères of Quebec, Canada. It was completed in 1990 and was first heard in a dedicatory recital given on September 25 of that year by organist and director of music, Mark Schaffer, who with his predecessors, Edwin Domb and Todd Wilson, assisted in the design of the instrument.

In 2015, the organ celebrated its 25th birthday. Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of the late Dr. Olga Platz, a significant console technology upgrade was completed by Denis Blain of Casavant Frères in August 2015. During the upgrade project, the piston layout was reorganized by consolidating chancel and gallery divisional pistons and converting 11 unused divisional pistons into general pistons (for a new total of 19 generals). The organ’s memory was doubled from 32 to 64 levels, piston sequencing and manual transfer were added, and a set of chimes was installed in the gallery swell division. The improvements offer the organist much greater versatility and ease of playing across the entire breadth of organ repertoire up to and including the 21st century.


Gallery: 44 Stops, 63 Ranks ~ Chancel: 18 Stops, 25 Ranks ~ Total: 4843 Pipes

Thank You To Our Donors

The Organ Concert Series at HPCUMC is committed to offering top-quality musical performances to the community without an admission price, but we need your help. The series has been sustained solely through private donations and receives no assistance from the church budget. If you have been blessed by this ministry of music, and if you share our mission of promoting excellent music on an excellent organ, played by some of the world’s finest concert organists, please consider giving a gift to The Organ Concert Series Fund. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will enable us to continue to offer these concerts for many years to come.

Thomas Gaynor and Katelyn Emerson

Thomas Heywood, Eric Plutz, and Bálint Karosi

Jean-Baptiste Robin & Romain Leleu, Kola Owolabi, Renee Anne Louprette

Greg Zelek, Ken Cowan & Lisa Shihoten, Tom Trenney, Amy Johansen & Robert Ampt

CCM Wind Ensemble with Brenda Portman & Michael Unger, Rachel Laurin, Stephen Tharp, David Baskeyfield

Jonathan Ryan, Christoph Bull, Huw Lewis

Jeannine & David Jordan, Organized Rhythm (Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph Gramley), Raúl Prieto Ramírez, The Canterbury Brass with Brenda Portman

Ken Cowan, Christian Lane, Janette Fishell

Frédéric Blanc, Michael Unger, Douglas Cleveland

Clive Driskill-Smith, Brenda Portman, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Isabelle Demers

Christopher Houlihan, Anthony & Beard, Bradley Hunter Welch

Thomas Trotter, The Chenaults organ duo, Lynne Davis

Alan Morrison, New York Organ & Piano Duo (Daniel Sullivan, organ, and Jason Cutmore, piano), and Thierry Escaich

Vincent Dubois, Martin Jean, and Anthony & Beard (Gary Beard, organ, and Ryan Anthony, trumpet)

Stefan Engels, Olivier Latry, and Carol Williams

Pierre Pincemaille, Sonia Kim, and Paul Jacobs

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