Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee is will present its sixth
Choral and Hymn Festival at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Calvary
Presbyterian Church, 7th and Church streets, in Indiana,
Pennsylvania, with pre-concert music beginning at 2:40 p.m. Admission and
reception are free, with donations for the scholarship fund
performance will feature nearly 70 members from the church choirs of Indiana
under the direction of Ryan Beeken, director of Choral Studies at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. Returning to Indiana to perform as organ
accompanist for the Festival Choir is IUP alumnus and previous organ
scholarship recipient Maximillian Esmus (BA, 2012). Also participating in
the festival are members of the IUP Faculty Woodwind Quintet; IUP music faculty
members Kevin Eisensmith on trumpet and Christine Clewell on organ; and special
guest Tom McLaughlin on the bagpipes.
director of Choral Studies at IUP, Beeken conducts the University Chorale,
Chorus, and Chamber Singers and teaches graduate and undergraduate choral
conducting. He also serves as artistic director for the Blair Concert Chorale,
whose mission includes fostering a growing appreciation of quality choral music
for the population of south central Pennsylvania. He received Bachelor of Music
in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Drake
University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Choral
Conducting from Michigan State University.
choirs have performed at state, regional, and national conventions of the
American Choral Directors Association and have been invited to perform for
state and regional conferences for the National Association for Music
Education. A frequent clinician and festival director, Beeken is regularly
engaged as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United
States; since 2013, his engagements include more than 30 All-States and Honor
choirs in 12 states and many invited presentations for symposia across the
United States and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has served on the executive
committee of the American Choral Directors Association at both the state and
regional level and is currently serving as the District 3 president-elect for
the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Esmus is the director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, New
Jersey, where he conducts adult and youth choirs and accompanies services on
the organ and piano. He is also the artistic director of the Haddonfield Center
and School for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization that presents an
eclectic concert series and educational programming in the arts. He teaches
piano students of all ages at his position on the piano faculty of Rowan Prep,
the community music school of Rowan University.
Esmus completed his master’s degree in choral conducting at Rowan University in
Glassboro, New Jersey, where he was assistant conductor of the Statesmen Men’s Chorus
and the WOCHO Women’s Chorus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in music theory and
composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded first
prize in the school’s Chopin Piano Competition and graduated summa cum laude.
As a collaborative pianist and organist, Esmus regularly accompanies
student recitals, school choirs, and local musical theater productions. He
currently resides in Stratford, New Jersey.
Over the years, the Choral and Hymn
Festival concert has proven to be one of the most popular events presented by
the Teti Committee. It celebrates and promotes 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
Sunday’s program includes music by
Dan Locklair, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Daniel Moe, Johann
Sebastian Bach, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Mack Wilberg. Audience members will
also have the opportunity to join the choir in singing several well-known hymns.
Since 1993, scholarship funds have
been used to support work of the Teti Committee. To date the committee has
awarded $68,000 to over 50 students.
For additional information, please contact
Christine Clewell at 724-463-8046, or email@example.com, or Charles Cashdollar at
724-463-3458, or firstname.lastname@example.org.