Baylor University Organist to Perform Final Time at Conference

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Joyce Jones, Ph.D., The Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music and Organist-in-Residence at Baylor University's School of Music.
Feb. 10, 2012

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Joyce Jones, Ph.D., The Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music and Organist-in-Residence at Baylor University's School of Music, will play the Ruffatti Organ for her final Midwinter Organ Conference recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Jones Concert Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

The recital marks Jones's 79th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her performance at the Ruffatti Organ's inaugural concert. It is also her final concert at the Midwinter Organ Conference, which she and her husband began 18 years ago and have since endowed.

Jones, who will retire from Baylor in August, will play music performed at the Ruffatti's inaugural recital, favorite audience pieces gathered through her years of performing and compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean Langlais, Marcel Dupre, Loe Soweby and Camil Van Hulse.

The Midwinter Organ Conference will include performances by U.S. Naval Academy Chapel organist Monte Maxwell, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Jones Concert Hall; Nashville Symphony Orchestra organ curator Andrew Risinger, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jones Concert Hall; Beverly Everett, conductor of symphony orchestras in Beminji, Minn., and Bismarck, N.D., 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Roxy Grove Hall, 624 Speight Ave.; and a tribute to Jones by Baylor organ alumni, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jones Concert Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Keyboard Division of the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-1417.

About Baylor

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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