Outstanding Organ Students from Indiana University in Recital

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“The youth are the future.”  Verbatim or some version thereof, we’ve all heard this before.  As I make my way farther and farther away from the “youth” category, I am beginning to see how important it is to encourage, educate, and pass down good morals and values to the younger generation.  Indeed, your own chapter’s Program Committee feels that promoting excelling young organists is a big part of nurturing their careers, as well as part of fulfilling the mission of our organization.  During one of the Program Committee meetings last year, an idea was brought to the table about bringing in a group of outstanding organ students from a reputable school in the country.  Since Horst Buchholz has connections with Indiana University, he suggested we contact Janette Fishell, Chair of the Organ Department.  Janette was very helpful in the planning for this event.  

On Friday, February 28th, two outstanding organ students from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University will perform a recital at Christ Church Cathedral at 7:00pm.  Michael Gebhart is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance, and Kirk Rich is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance.  Both are students of Christopher Young.  These two young men bring a wealth of experience along with them to St. Louis.  They have won many competitions and scholarships, and have had great experiences as recitalists and organists in prominent churches throughout the country.  Their program will include works by Widor, Dupré, Bach, Buxtehude, Eben, Albright, and Liszt.  This is an evening you won’t want to miss!  Ask a friend to join you, and while you’re at it, give them some information about joining the chapter!

A few reminders about the February Program – 1) This program is on Friday evening, not Monday.  2) It starts at 7:00pm, not 7:30pm.  3) Please allow extra time to find parking downtown on a Friday night. 4) There will be no catered dinner beforehand at 6:30.  I encourage you to try one of the restaurants around the Cathedral – there are some great places, and many within walking distance.  If you’re among the lucky bunch of people with a weekend membership at Blood & Sand on St. Charles St., I would love to join you for dinner!

In other news, the program committee is in the process of planning the 2014-2015 program year.  Your ideas and/or participation on this committee are more than welcome.  Please let us know what you want to see happen in your chapter!

Stephen Eros

Sub Dean



Outstanding Organ Students from Indiana University – Recital

Location & Directions

Christ Church Cathedral   1210 Locust Street St. Louis, MO 63103


Friday, February 28th, 2014


Recital – 7:00pm


William “Pat” Partridge, Canon Precentor




None required


From I-64 E:  Take Exit 39B for 14th Street.  Turn left onto South 14th Street.  Turn right onto Olive Street.  Christ Church Cathedral is one block east on the left side. 

From Illinois (I-64 W): Take Exit 2A on the left towards the Eads Bridge.  At the end of the road, turn right onto River Park Drive.  Cross the Eads Bridge and continue onto Washington Avenue.  Turn left onto North Tucker Boulevard.  Turn right onto Locust Street or Olive Street in order to find parking.