Organ Recital to Spotlight Prize-Winning Composition by LaRosa

Posted on 2/27/2018 9:01:55 PM

At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee will host a recital by internationally acclaimed organist James Kibbie. Kibbie will present the world premiere of Christopher LaRosa’s Monument (2017), in addition to works by Alain, Bach, Franck, Ropek, and Sowande.

Prior to the recital, at 2:00 p.m. John Levey will facilitate a pre-concert discussion with LaRosa, whose Monument is the third composition to win the annual Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Competition. Kibbie will participate, as well. The competition is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

The discussion and recital will take place in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall of Cogswell Hall. Both events will also be live-streamed (pre-concert talk live stream link | recital live stream link) and will be accessible via the Department of Music’s social media pages. Admission is free. The audience is cordially invited to attend a reception following the performance. For further information on the prize-winning composition, please see the AGO website.

James KibbieJames Kibbie is chair of the Organ Department and is university organist at the University of Michigan. He maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvořak Hall in Prague, and Lincoln Center in New York.  

A frequent jury member of international organ competitions, he has himself been awarded the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the prestigious International Organ Competition of Chartres, France, and is also the only American to have won the International Organ Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in what is now the Czech Republic. 

Christopher LaRosa’s music exhibits a fascination for temporal perception, human aggression and compassion, natural phenomena, and technological advancements. His music has been described as “deftly crafted” by the Boston Classical Review and “charismatic, and well scored, and positively received” by the Hartford Courant. LaRosa has Christopher LaRosareceived commissions from the AGO, Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia by ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, United States Marine Band, Boston New Music Initiative, and Genesis Chamber Singers. 

Kibbie’s recital is sponsored by the CTMOSC, who are pleased to collaborate with the Indiana, Pennsylvania Chapter of the AGO and IUP in order to promote new music for organ and assist with scholarship fundraising. 

The IUP College of Fine Arts and Department of Music express their gratitude to the AGO for making the Pogorzelski Yankee Organ available for teaching and concertizing, as well as for the creative talent of R. J. Brunner, who crafted the instrument.  

For more information, contact Christine Clewell at