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Organist Vince Ryan ’94, M’95 Tours Germany

Vince Ryan and other performers from Organ Festival Week

Minister of music at Advent Lutheran Church in Harleysville, Vince Ryan ’94, M’95 completed a tour of Germany in October 2016.

Vince and Carrie Ryan with Richard and Kay Thorell

Vince was invited to perform during Organ Festival Week at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther is believed to have posted his 95 Theses. The festival celebrated the installation of the Chancel organ, built by Alexander Schuke Orgelbau of Potsdam, and the start of Wittenberg’s yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Six international organists gave solo recitals during the week. In addition, they participated in a festive evening of organ music, reFormations, on October 8, beginning at 8:17 p.m. (20:17) and lasting 95 minutes.

Joining Vince (pictured at right) on the trip were Richard Thorell, IUP professor emeritus of music, and his wife, Kay, retired organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Indiana, and Vince’s wife, Carrie Faulhaber Ryan ’95.

The group traveled to seven cities, and Vince played 10 instruments, including the 1716 Reichel organ (at Market Church in Halle), on which G. F. Handel took his first organ lessons; the new Bach organ at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig; and the Schuke organ in the Magdeburg Cathedral.

Vince also performed at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Görlitz on the famous Sun organ and highlighted some of the organ’s unique stops, including the 12-rank pedal mixture (the suns) and Baroque novelties (kuckuck, nachtigall, vogelgesang, and zimbelstern).