Organ Recitals Offered by Music Department

Posted on 4/29/2010 8:46:50 AM
Ann Labounsky

The Department of Music, in association with the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee, will present two organ recitals. The first will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday April 30, 2010. This recital features world-renowned organist, Ann Labounsky. The second is at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, and features three high school aged organists in the final round of the fourth annual Carol Teti Memorial Organ Competition. Both programs will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, located on the corner of 6th and Church streets.

Labounsky is the author of the biography Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music, published in 2000 by Amadeus Press, Portland, Oregon. She has completed recording the complete organ works by Langlais for the Musical Heritage Society and recently narrated and performed in a DVD of his life based on this biography, a project sponsored by the Los Angeles American Guild of Organists Chapter.

She oversees undergraduate and graduate programs at Duguesne University as their chair of organ and sacred music. An active member of the American Guild of Organists and National Pastoral Musicians, she holds the Fellow certificate and served as director of the National Committee on Improvisation, Councilor for Education for the AGO and as national director of certification for the National Pastoral Musicians. Labounsky also serves as organ artist in residence at First Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh.

The recital is free, with donations to the scholarship fund gratefully accepted. A dessert reception will follow the recital.

The fourth annual Carol Teti Memorial Organ Competition recital features three high school students who are competing for prizes in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, and $500. This year’s competition includes Andrew Earhart from Indiana and Daniel English and Bethan Neely from the Pittsburgh area. Each will have twenty-five minutes to perform, with Labounsky serving as this year’s adjudicator.

Now in its fourth year, the organ competition recital is another facet of the organ committee’s mission to promote the study of organ and church music. This recital is also free, and the prizes will be awarded at a reception immediately following the program.