IUP Alumna to Perform Organ Recitals

Posted on 9/23/2013 10:01:57 PM

Snavely 200The Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee at IUP is pleased to present Ashley Snavley, IUP alumna (2007) and previous organ scholarship recipient, in a free recital. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013, at Graystone Presbyterian Church at 640 Church Street.

The recital will continue after intermission at Zion Lutheran Church at 100 South Sixth and Church streets. Audiences members are invited to the reception immediately following the recital.

Snavley is in her second year of the Doctorate of Music Arts program at Arizona State University, where she studies organ with Kimberly Marshall. In addition to organ, she is studying collaborative piano, harpsichord, and forte piano with Russell Ryan. She is currently the organist and assistant music director at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. She also accompanies and performs throughout the region with a variety of groups, including ASU ensembles, high schools, and the nonprofit organization Scottsdale Musical Arts.

Snavley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the Robert E. Cook Honors College at IUP, where she studied organ with Christine Clewell and piano with James Staples. She earned a Master of Music degree in organ from ASU before pursuing her doctorate.

While at IUP, she was the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship and the Boytim Keyboard Scholarship. As an IUP keyboard major, she accompanied several musical theater productions as well as performed with the choral and instrumental ensembles, including Chamber Singers and the Wind Ensemble.

As an ASU graduate student, in the past few years she has traveled and performed on organs throughout the USA, Europe, and Mexico.

The Indiana recital program, titled “Fantasies, Fugues, and Frivolities,” is specifically selected to feature the strength of the two organs on which she will perform. The recital features works by J. S. Bach, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Josef Rheinberger, and Sigfrid Karg-Elert.

Of special note, Snavley is also the first Teti Organ Scholarship recipient to return as a featured solo guest artist. She is excited to be back here in Indiana to perform on the organs of Graystone Presbyterian and Zion Lutheran Churches.

Admission to the recitals are free. However, donations to the scholarship fund will be accepted.

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