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 SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ORGAN CONCERT SERIES, 2020-2021

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  • The concerts are free and open to the public
  • Concerts begin at 4:00 p.m., doors open at 3:00 p.m.
  • Performances generally last 90 minutes with a short intermission
  • You are cordially invited to a reception to meet the artist immediately following each concert

Rhonda Sider Edgington

October 25, 2020

DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES WITH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THIS CONCERT WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE. IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A LIVE AUDIENCE. STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS. 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.

Damin Spritzer

January 31, 2021

Esteemed for her “enormous sensitivity and musicianship” and her “stylish and assured” performances, Damin Spritzer has served on the teaching faculty of the University of North Texas, the American Organ Institute of the University of Oklahoma, and is Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew in Dallas. Her performances have spanned several continents and included prestigious venues such as the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, Germany, the La Verna festival in Italy, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and several churches in Sao Paolo, Brazil. She has recorded five CDs for the Raven label including three volumes of the music of René Louis Becker (which was the subject of her dissertation) and a disc of English Romantic music at Hereford Cathedral, where she was the first American and the first woman to make a solo recording on the historic Father Willis organ.

Aaron David Miller

April 25, 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.

Summary

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

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