Organ Institute Scheduled for June 22-28

June 16, 1997

Baylor University will host an Organ Institute June 22-28 for students in grades 8-12 and for organ teachers and church organists. Students this year include Texas residents and also students from North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas and Japan. Some students are returning for their fifth year of instruction.

"Many churches are having a difficult time finding organists," said Dr. Joyce Jones, Baylor professor of keyboard studies and camp director. Jones said that the summer program is a way to help solve that problem by bringing in high school students with a background in piano and introducing them to the organ.

During the institute, students will cover as much material as they would during a half semester at Baylor. At the end of five days, each student will participate in a recital scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28, in Jones Concert Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Other recitals will be given by organ and piano professionals. Joel Bacon, a Baylor graduate student and the only American selected to compete in the Swiss International Competition, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 22, in the Jones Concert Hall. Eric Mellenbauch, who recently won the Music Teachers National Association competition, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, in Roxy Grove Hall. At 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, a piano and organ duo recital will be given by Dr. Kurt Kaiser and Dr. Jones in the Jones Concert Hall.

Baylor organ students also will participate in the institute and will hold recitals at 7 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Markham Organ Studio.

All recitals are free and open to the public.

Jones will direct the camp with assistance from Joanna Elliot, a Baylor senior church music major, and Joel Bacon.

Cost to attend the Organ Institute is $275, which includes meals, dormitory and instruction fees. Cost to commute is $150, which includes instruction fees and lunch.

For more information, contact Barry Hopper at 755-6536.

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