Summer organ Concert Series

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Summer Organ Concert Series:
Livestreaming and in person from Sinsinawa

 

Sinsinawa Mound Center announces the return of the Summer Organ Concert series! It’s our 30th anniversary and guests are welcome to attend in person but are required to have their temperature taken and wear masks. Organists from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Kansas will play the Casavant Opus 2847 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel. Look for your favorite organists to return and welcome new organists to the series. Go online to www.sinsinawa.org/live to view the livestream concerts at the time of the concert or later as an archived video by tapping or clicking on the “on demand” tab.

To support the concert series, go online to www.sinsinawa.org/donate and select “organ concert series.”

June 16        
Catherine Rodland, whose organ playing has been described as “transcendent” (“The American Organist”), will be the featured organist for the Wednesday, June 16, virtual Summer Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Concert guests will follow COVID-19 protocol, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer, and attendance will be limited to 125 people. Guests will have limited access to the main foyer and Queen of the Rosary Chapel. The concert will also be available at www.sinsinawa.org/live at the concert time or later in an archived format by tapping or clicking on “on demand.” Rodland is artist in residence at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. She graduated in organ performance from St. Olaf and received both the Master of Music and doctor of musical arts from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Russell Saunders. Her early career success has led to performances throughout the United States and Canada. Rodland teaches organ, music theory and ear training at St. Olaf, where she regularly performs as a featured soloist. She has been featured on “Pipedreams” on National Public Radio, produced CDs and is a specialist in Baroque and 20th-century music. Her current interest is the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne.

June 23        
Sinsinawa Mound Center welcomes Andrew Schaeffer of Madison, Wis., to his first Summer Organ Concert of the series at 7 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 23. Concert guests will follow COVID-19 protocol, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer, and attendance will be limited to 125 people. Guests will have limited access to the main foyer and Queen of the Rosary Chapel. The concert will also be available at www.sinsinawa.org/live at the concert time or later in an archived format by tapping or clicking on “on demand.” A Chicago native, Schaeffer serves as the director of music and organist at Luther Memorial Church, Madison. He holds a Bachelor of Church Music from St. Olaf College, a Master of Music from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation focused on the role of the pipe organ in American Freemasonry during the first half of the 20th century. Schaeffer also serves as the editor-at-large of “The Diapason,”one of the oldest and largest American journals devoted to organ, harpsichord and church music. Additionally, he is instructor of organ at Ripon College, Ripon, Wis. Schaeffer has performed recitals throughout the United States and will be a featured performer at the 2021 and 2022 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.

June 30        
Sinsinawa Mound Center is excited to announce Andrew Kreigh is playing his first concert of the Summer Organ Concert series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30. Concert guests will follow COVID-19 protocol, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer, and attendance will be limited to 125 people. Guests will have limited access to the main foyer and Queen of the Rosary Chapel. The concert will also be available online at www.sinsinawa.org/live at the time of the concert or later in an archived format by tapping or clicking on “on demand.” Kreigh serves as the director of music and liturgy at Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Madison, Wis., his hometown. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music business from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he also studied piano performance with Dr. Eli Kalman, and a master's in organ performance from the University of Iowa, under the instruction of Gregory Hand. Kreigh served as apprentice to several cathedral music directors throughout the United States and was an active organist for the Diocese of Madison and cathedral parish in Madison as well as the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. He maintains an active concert schedule throughout the United States and has performed with the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, on tour in Austria and Germany. Kreigh has overseen multiple organ projects and installations.

July 7            
Karen Black of Waverly, Iowa, will be the featured organist for the Summer Organ Concert at Sinsinawa Mound Center at 7 p.m. CDT Wednesday, July 7. Concert guests will follow COVID-19 protocol, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer, and attendance will be limited to 125 people. Guests will have limited access to the main foyer and Queen of the Rosary Chapel. The concert will also be available online at www.sinsinawa.org/live at the time of the concert or later in an archived format by tapping or clicking on “on demand.” Black is the Rudi Inselmann endowed professor of organ at Wartburg College, Waverly, where she teaches organ and church music, music theory, and aural skills and serves as organist for weekday chapel and Sunday worship services. She holds the Bachelor of Music in church music from St. Olaf College, the Master of Music in organ and church music from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Music in organ performance and literature from Indiana University. Her organ teachers include Larry Smith, Marilyn Keiser, John Ferguson, Robert Kendall, Dennis Schmidt and Gene Janssen. Black is active as a recitalist and clinician and has performed throughout the United States and Germany. Her essay, “J. S. Bach as Theologian-Musician,” appears in “Together by Grace: Introducing the Lutherans”(Augsburg Fortress, 2016), and she has published organ and choral arrangements with Augsburg Fortress. Her most recent is a collection of organ hymn introductions, “Shine Like the Sun”(Augsburg Fortress, 2018).

July 14          
Elisa Williams Bickers of Overland Park, Kan., is returning for her second concert of the Summer Organ Concert series at Sinsinawa Mound Center at 7 p.m. CDT July 14. She previously played in 2018. Concert guests will follow COVID-19 protocol, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer, and attendance will be limited to 125 people. Guests will have limited access to the main foyer and Queen of the Rosary Chapel. The concert will also be available online at www.sinsinawa.org/live at the time of the concert or later in an archived format by tapping or clicking on “on demand.” Bickers is the principal organist and associate director of music at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan. She is active as a solo recitalist and collaborative organist and harpsichordist throughout the world, having performed in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and Thailand. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in church music and organ performance from Texas Christian University and University of Kansas. Her organ teachers include Dale Krider, Joseph Butler and Michael Bauer. At Village Presbyterian, she directs the young adult choir and one of the church’s two hand bell ensembles, as well as cares for the Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ. Bickers holds the Fellowship certificate from the American Guild of Organists, the Guild’s highest certification.

July 21          
Chuck Barland, IA

July 28          
Josh Ring, IL

August 4       No Concert  

August 11   
Jan Kraybill, MO

August 18   
Greg Hand, IA

August 25   
Greg Zelek, WI

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