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Weekend conference drawstalent from organ world

Feb. 2, 2001

By ABBy RICHARDSON

Reporter

The Seventh-Annual Midwinter Organ Conference on Feb. 4 through Feb. 6 at the Roxy Grove Hall and Jones Concert Hall will expose Baylor students and the Waco community to organ music.

Every year people from all over the country come to the conference to hear the organ performances. This year, around 60 attendees have registered.

Johanna Elliot, a second year graduate assistant for Dr. Joyce Jones, said she is looking forward to the upcoming events at the conference.

'This year we expect a good- sized crowd because the talented St. Olaf Choir is performing in the conference,' Elliot said.

Dr. Joyce Jones and Baylor organ students will open the conference with a performance of the program 'A Century of American Music' at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in Roxy Grove Hall.

The Baylor Concert Choir, directed by John McLean with organist Jones, will perform in a hymn festival at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church following the organ concert.

Viennese organist Thomas Schmogner will present a concert at 8 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall.

Monday, the Baylor organ students will perform Marcel Dupre's Stations of the Cross at 3:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall.

'I own the 1932 manuscript of Marcel Dupre's Stations of the Cross and I treasure doing this piece of music,' Jones said.

Michael Gailit, an organist of the St. Augustine's Church in Vienna, can be heard at 8 p.m. in the same building.

Two European organists and nine students from the Vienna Conservatory of Music in Austria will present a recital at the organ conference on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Roxy Grove Hall.

Margie Ketchland, a Baylor senior, performed in the Midwinter Organ Conference last year, and she will also perform on Sunday.

'This year the Midwinter Organ Conference is unique because the guest performers from Vienna, Austria, are coming to Baylor, and people will come together to recognize organ music,' she said.