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IUP Graduate Returns to Conduct Church Choirs of Indiana

Stephen Gregson The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee is pleased to present its fifth Choral and Hymn Festival at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Admission is free, with donations for the scholarship fund gratefully accepted.

It will feature the church choirs of Indiana under the direction of English conductor and IUP alumnus Stephen Gregson (M.A., 2000). The program, titled “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord All the Earth (Psalm 98),” also features IUP alumna Sandra Rubright (B.S., 1973), organ; IUP’s faculty brass ensemble the HoodleBug Brass’ IUP voice faculty member Joseph Baunoch, bass; Ryan Beekan, tenor and newly-appointed director of choral Activities at IUP; and members of the IUP organ studio. Pre-concert organ and brass music will begin at 2:40 p.m.

Gregson brings a wealth of experience to the podium. A graduate of Trinity College, London, where he studied piano, percussion, and composition, he is also a Licentiate of the College, earning a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. His Master of Arts degree is in Instrumental Wind Conducting from IUP, where he studied with Jack Stamp.

In addition to a substantial career in music education, Gregson is well known for his work as a freelance conductor, pianist, and percussionist. He is a choral conducting trainer for Sing for Pleasure method, an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music, and a published arranger.

As a conductor, he has lead groups for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (USA) and the South Wessex Opera Company, in addition to directing at the Milton Abbey Festival and working with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus. He has also directed several choral societies, including Broadstone Community Choir, the Lease Singers, and Lytchett Choir.

Over the years, the Choral and Hymn Festival concert has proven to be one of the most popular events presented by the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee. It celebrates the critical role that organ music plays in the life of our respective churches, bringing together the community and inspiring all those in attendance as a chorus of organ, brass, and voice envelops them.

Sunday’s program includes music by Felix Bartholdy-Mendelssohn, Charles Villiers Stanford, George Friedrich Handel, and John Rutter. Written specifically for this fifth choral and hymn festival, Gregson’s “Fanfare on Gopsal” will be premiered by the choir, brass, and organ. Audience members will also have the opportunity to join the choir on several well-known hymns.

Scholarship funds are used to support the two-plus decades of work by the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee. All participants and audience members are invited to enjoy a free reception at the conclusion of the concert.

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

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