Archive for Sunday, September 22, 1991


September 22, 1991


The 1991 Kansas Institute for Organ and Church Music will run from Thursday through Sunday at Kansas University. Noted California organist Catharine Crozier tops the list of guest artists.

Joining Crozier as guest artists for the 1991 institute are Myles Criss, organist and choirmaster at Grace Cathedral, Topeka; Duane Friesen, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, Newton; and John Schaeffer, organist and choirmaster at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Mo.

KU faculty participating in or performing during the workshop are Michael J. Bauer, assistant professor of organ, choral conducting and church music; J. Bunker Clark, professor of music history; Albert C. Gerken, professor of music theory and composition and university carillonneur; and James Higdon, professor of organ and director of the division of organ and church music.

REGISTRATION for the institute will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Murphy Hall lobby. Master classes, choral reading sessions and lectures will be held throughout the four-day institute, with all sessions scheduled for Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.

Crozier will conduct master classes Saturday and Sunday and also will perform in recital at 8 p.m. Friday at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Tickets for the recital are available at the cathedral office.

Higdon said Crozier was the "most important American organist of this century" and has led the organ and church music field for more than 50 years. A longtime member of the organ faculty at the Eastman School of Music, Crozier also taught at Rollins College in Florida. She is organist at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, Calif., and still performs and makes recordings.

OTHER PERFORMANCES scheduled during the institute include a carillon recital by Gerken at 4:30 p.m. Thursday; a harpsichord recital by Bauer at 8 p.m. the same evening in the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art; and an organ recital by Higdon at 7 p.m. Sunday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.

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