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06/03/2010

Three Area Organists to Perform in June 16 Recital

Quick Facts

 Winthrop will host an organ recital on the D.B. Johnson Memorial Organ on June 16.
 Patrick Pope of North Carolina, Kevin Neel of Fort Mill, S.C., and Paul Thomas of Hickory, N.C., will perform in the recital.

Patrick Pope
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Kevin Neel
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Paul Thomas

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop's restored D.B. Johnson Memorial Organ will make music this summer for a recital on June 16.

Scheduled for June 16 at 7 p.m. in Byrnes Auditorium, the recital will be held in honor of the visitation of the Columbia Pipe Organ Encounter (POE), a regional event that will introduce 20 students ages 13-18 from six states to the world of the pipe organ. Ten faculty from five states will participate in the Columbia event. POEs are projects of the national American Guild of Organists. There are seven POE conferences in the U.S. this year.

Performing in the on-campus recital will be three organists who took part in POEs during their high school years.
 
Patrick Pope of North Carolina attended a POE in Charlotte, N.C., in 1996. Since then, he has earned degrees from the University of South Carolina and Indiana University. Currently Pope is pursuing a doctorate from Indiana University. He serves as an organist at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and an assistant at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

Fort Mill resident Kevin Neel is a Jacobs Scholar at Indiana University and an assistant organist at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Ind. He has attended five POEs around the country. Neel trained in organ performance with Shirley Fishburne '72, co-leader of the organ restoration fundraising campaign to restore the D.B. Johnson Memorial Organ, and David Lowry, professor emeritus of music at Winthrop.
 
Rising Furman University senior Paul Thomas of Hickory, N.C., has attended two POEs. At present, he serves as accompanist and organist for the Furman Singers.
 
The June 16 concert is free and open to the public.

Considered one of the most historic instruments in the Southeast, the D.B. Johnson Memorial Organ is an Æolian-Skinner organ that was installed in 1955.

For more information about the event, call the Department of Music at 803/323-2255.


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