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Choral and Hymn Festival Presented by Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee

The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee and the Department of Music at IUP will host its fourth Choral and Hymn Festival on Sunday, October 31, 2010. The concert will be presented at Calvary Presbyterian Church starting at 4:00 p.m. The program also includes a prelude starting at 3:40 p.m. provided by this year's organ scholarship recipients. The church is located on South 7th Street between Church and School streets.

The concert will feature English conductor and IUP graduate Stephen Gregson. Also included are Christine Clewell, organist and an assistant professor of music at IUP; the HoodleBug Brass, IUP's brass quintet-in-residence; and Joseph Banouch, baritone soloist and member of the IUP voice faculty. Lynne Jones, music director at the Newman Center, will also perform as soloist.

Combining forces for this special program are choir members from Indiana and United high schools along with choir members from several church choirs in Indiana. Others providing prelude music are music majors Melanie Davis, Maximillian Esmus, and Randall Frye; Zion Lutheran Church parish organist Kay Thorell; and Calvary organist Roberta Jones.

GregsonA native of Dorset, England, Gregson studied piano and percussion at Trinity College, London, and conducted under Jack Stamp at IUP, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 2000. He has enjoyed a substantial career in music education, and has also worked as a freelance conductor, pianist, and percussionist.

Gregson is currently a choral conducting trainer for the International Sing for Pleasure movement, an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music, and director of the Broadstone Community Choir. He is also a published arranger through Oxford University Press, and has been a guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the South Wessex Opera Company, in addition to directing the Milton Abbey Festival and working with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus.

The concert will feature a wide variety of music ranging from “O magnum Mysterium,” by sixteenth-century composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, to “Open Thou Mine Eyes” by polpular choral composer John Rutter. Of special note are the “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which are dedicated to the late William Kelly, husband of former IUP faculty member and organist Carol Teti.

Since its establishment in 1993, the challenge and mission for the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee has been working to overcome the continually growing trend of fewer organists in the U.S. on the local, state, and national levels. In the effort to combat this trend, the committee’s primary focus is raising scholarship money through fall and spring fundraising events for students who wish to pursue the study of organ and church music at IUP. To date, the committee has awarded over $30,000 to nearly thirty-five students.

The concert is free, but donations will be gratefully appreciated. A reception will follow the performance.

For additional information, please call (724) 463-8046, or e-mail Dr. Clewell at orgel@iup.edu.

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