Baylor University Hosts Summer Organ Institute

June 7, 2005

by Dick Veit (254) 710-3991

Twenty-one students, hailing from California to North Carolina, will be on the Baylor University campus June 12-17 for the Summer Organ Institute, a music camp designed to introduce pianists to the organ and to provide advanced training for students who already play the instrument. Several of the students have attended the camp for as many as five years.

The week includes daily private lessons, classes in hymn playing, improvisation, organ history, and pedal technique, as well as a series of evening concerts and a showing of the silent movie "Phantom of the Opera," accompanied by the organ. The students will have the opportunity to play all 10 of the organs on the Baylor campus, culminating in a closing recital at 1 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Powell Chapel at Truett Seminary.

Other recitals during the Institute include Baylor senior Joanna Li at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in Jones Concert Hall; junior Mikaelia Wharton at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in Roxy Grove Hall; Dr. Joyce Jones, Baylor's organist-in-residence, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, in Roxy Grove Hall; Stephen Morris at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, in Powell Chapel.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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