Organ Dedication Program
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We dedicated our new organ this Sunday. The full program recording is below. It was wonderful having Mr. Loomer. You won’t get the stereo sound out of our recording, which is why you should have been there. It was a good day.
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Biography of Guest Organist …
Chase Loomer is a junior at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studies organ performance with David Higgs. A native of Charlotte, NC, Chase was awarded first prize in the AGO/Quimby Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists and has been a prizewinner at several other competitions throughout the southeast, including the Columbia and Winston-Salem AGO competitions. Chase was also the winner of the Sarasota-Manatee AGO Chapter Competition. In high school, he was a five time Stigall Scholarship recipient. Chase has served as the interim organist at Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC and as a VanDelinder Fellow at Christ Church in Rochester, NY, where he was awarded the inaugural Casparini Prize for excellence in organ performance. Currently, he is the Assistant Organist at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Greece, NY. His previous organ teachers include Dr. Patrick Scott and Dr. Katie Ann McCarty, and he studied piano with Dr. Dylan Savage and the late Dr. Ruskin Cooper. Chase also has an interest in jazz piano and was a member of one of the Eastman jazz ensembles. As a singer, Chase was selected for NC Governor’s School in 2012 and currently sings in the Eastman Repertory Singers and Christ Church Schola Cantorum. He was recently featured in the Rising Star series at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston and attended the 2016 OHS Convention as an E. Power Biggs Fellow.
I should have had this up much sooner, but I want to invite everyone to a great afternoon of music this Sunday at 4 PM. We at St. Mark are inching our way toward a new organ and some of our musical members (and some fabulous conscripts) have agreed to help out. The featured artists are the Vertex Saxophone Quartet. I’ll include their write up below, but they have a wonderful sound and you should come listen. Also on the program are the St. Mark’s choirs – adult and children. My amazing daughter with a friend of the congregation, and the Bare Bones Trombone Trio. As our organizer says, there will be plenty of kids around, so bring the family for an eclectic program of music.
The Vertex Saxophone Quartet has been performing in the Rochester area since it’s founding in 2009. All four members are graduates of the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Chisato Eda Marling is on faculty at both Nazareth and Houghton Colleges and is a Vandoren Performing Artist. Mrs. Kristin Bayer is the saxophone instructor for Eastman Community Music School. Dr. Mark Kraszewski is the Jazz Studies professor at the University of Rochester, and Mrs. Nancy Boone-Bahr is a faculty member at the prestigious Hochstein School of Music.
Upcoming performances for Vertex include a recital in Wilmot Hall at Nazareth College on Sunday October 19th at 3:00pm. The quartet is also recording at the Hochstein Performance Hall on Wednesday November 5th at 12:10pm as part of WXXI’s Live from Hochstein recital series. Both concerts are free and open to the public.