SUMMER ORGAN CONCERT SERIES
Summer Organ Concert Series at Sinsinawa
Concerts featuring a different guest musician will be held at Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound Wednesdays throughout June, July, and August, except for July 17 and 24.
Peter Szeibel of Dubuque will play the opening concert of Sinsinawa Mound’s 2019 Summer Organ Concert series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. Szeibel began playing organ for church services at age 12 in New York City, where he studied piano and organ at the precollege division of the Juilliard School. He has served as church organist for numerous denominations and composed works for organ, harpsichord, piano, and voice. Szeibel has given recitals in New York, the Midwest, and Hungary. He studied organ with Jon Gillock, who is one of today’s leading interpreters of the organ music of Olivier Messiaen. Szeibel also plays the harpsichord and enjoys the wide variety of classical repertoire these two instruments offer, spanning over 400 years of music, including works by William Byrd, Frescobaldi, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, Couperin, Scarlatti, Mozart, Franck, Vierne, and the 20th-century French organ masters. Professionally, he is a practicing psychiatrist at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque.
Bruce Bengtson of Madison, Wis., returns to Sinsinawa Mound’s Summer Organ Concert series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. He retired June 2018 after 40 years as director of music at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, WI. Bengtson continues to play services and concerts; accompany vocalists and instrumentalists; and is active in the Organ Historical Society, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists. Beginning organ study in Salem, Ore., at the age of 11, he went on to earn degrees in organ performance at Southern Methodist University and Valparaiso University. Bengtson has been featured in concerts in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.
Mark Brampton Smith, the organist at Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, Wis., is the guest organist at Sinsinawa Mound’s Summer Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. He has served on the music staff of churches in seven states. Brampton Smith began organ studies with William Watkins in Washington, D.C., and continued with Russell Saunders at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and the performer's certificate. He received his master of music degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied organ with Robert Glasgow. A prize winner in several national organ competitions, he has given solo concerts in numerous churches and auditoriums, including Madison's Overture Hall.
Sister Patty Gallagher, OP, Wisconsin
Jillian Gardner, Texas
Ann Marie Rigler, Missouri
Michael Emmerich, Nebraska
Karen Black, Iowa
Jeff Verkuilen, Wisconsin
David Jonies, Illinois
Aaron David Miller, Minnesota
For more information, contact Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.
Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.