Saturday, February 23, 2013

Third Thursday Organ Interludes
February 21, 2013
12:00 Noon
Young Artist in Concert
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
Macon, Georgia

It was my pleasure this past Thursday to attend this event. As the program noted, this Concert featured Young Artist.  I will quote the biographic information on each performer.

Susanna Kimbell is a home-schooled student from Jackson, GA.  In the 12th grade, she also sings with the Griffin Choral Arts.  In 2012, 2011 and 2012 she was selected to sing with the National Catholic Youth Honor Choir.  She has been studying with Nelda Chapman for a year and a half.

Rachel Kimbell is a home-schooled student from Jackson, GA.  In the 9th grade, she also sings with the spivey Hall Tour Choir.  She has been studying with Nelda Chapman for a year and a half.

Born in Indianapolis, IN, Robert Jimison moved to Macon, GA at the beginning of high school.  His attendance at Christ Church Cathedral in the Diocese of Indianapolis exposed him to a wide range of Church and Secular music, as well as frequent Organ Performances by graduates of the Jacobs School of Music.  As a senior at Mount de Sales Academy, he began his studies with Nelda Chapman of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Robert is a sophomore at Berry College, pursuing a degree in Biochemistry/Pre-Med with a minor in Music Performance.  He studied organ under Dr. Kenneth Moyers and voice under  Mr. Harry Musselwhite.

A native of Lake City, Michigan, Morgan Ingleright is a freshman organ performance major at Mercer University, studying under Dr. Jack Mitchener.  After attending Interlochen Arts Academy as an organ major for two years of high school, she graduated valedictorian of her class in May 2012.  As part of an active senior year at Interlochen, Morgan was chosen to be part of an organ tour to Los Angeles, California, where she was able to play on the organs of First Congregational Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Morgan is currently the organ intern at St. Jospeh's Catholic Church in Macon.

These Young Artist impressed all in attendance.  Everyone was given the opportunity to meet these artist during a soup and sandwich/salad lunch after the performance.  Each of these performers was a delight to meet. 

Each Artist performed well.  I most appreciated the selection by Robert Jimison when he performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key - arranged by Virgil Fox.  This was a very moving performance of this well known and usually sung selection.  It was the first time I had ever heard it performed on a Pipe Organ. 

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