Upcoming Organ Concerts Will Honor Joyce Jones and Celebrate Halloween

Joyce Jones
Joyce Jones courtesy photo.
Oct. 30, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 30, 2015) – Baylor University’s School of Music will host two organ concerts, 4 p.m. in Markham Organ Studio and 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the Baylor community.

The first will celebrate the ongoing legacy of Joyce Jones, who was the Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music, professor of organ and organist-in-residence at Baylor from 1969 until her retirement in August 2012.

The School of Music will celebrate her legacy at the concert by naming the tracker organ in Markham Organ Studio the Joyce Jones Létourneau Organ. The concert will feature seven of Jones’ former students: Joel Bacon, Aaron Garcia, Chris Johnson, Don McManus, Eric Mellenbruch, Becky Ward and Bradley Hunter Welch.

“Dr. Jones continues to add a remarkable legacy that has brought great distinction to the organ’s unique place in academic and religious settings,” said Isabelle Demers, DMA, assistant professor of organ at Baylor. “She transformed the lives of countless students through her teaching, and was a positive, energetic presence in the Baylor community.”

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be Baylor’s 25th Annual Halloween Organ Concert. Baylor organ students will perform, as well as Demers. Attendees are invited to come in costume if they so desire.

The program will cover everything from J.S. Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Williams. Music will span original organ works such as the Gigout Toccata to transcriptions including the Harry Potter Suite.

Prior to the show at 7 p.m. there will be a bake sale in the foyer of McCrary Music Building to support the organ department’s study trip to Europe in 2017.

Both events are free and open to the public. The Markham Organ Studio and Jones Concert Hall are located in McCrary Music Building at 110 Baylor Ave.

For more information, contact Isabelle Demers .

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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