Magazine article The American Organist


Magazine article The American Organist


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Colin Andrews, organ faculty, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., where he will teach applied organ and the history of organ literature. Mr. Andrews has toured worldwide as a recitalist and lecturer, most recently playing and teaching in South Africa, Australia, Japan, Monaco, Switzerland, France, and Finland. He was president of the jury and recitalist at the third Feliks Nowoweijski International Organ Competition in Poznan, Poland. He continues as organist and master of the choristers at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Goldsboro, N.C.

Nicholas F. Basehore, director of liturgical music, Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick (R.C.), Harrisburg, Pa., where he will direct the cathedral choir, serve as cathedral organist, reactivate the handhell choirs, and administer all aspects of the cathedral's music ministry. Mr. Basehore also serves as the organist at all diocesan liturgies held in the cathedral. He leaves the post of associate director of music and liturgy at St. Petronille Catholic Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Flint Dollar, organist, First United Methodist Church, Brownwood, Tex., where his duties include overseeing the renovation of the church's 1924 Estey organ. Mr. Dollar previously served as minister of music at the First United Methodist Church in Eastland, Tex. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, where he earned a bachelor of music degree.

Mary Wannamaker Huff, associate director of music, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City, where she will assist director of music Andrew Henderson with all aspects of the music program, including directing and developing the children's choir program, accompanying Sunday liturgies, and working with the semiprofessional choir and 50-voice St. Andrew Chorale. She will continue as director of children's choirs at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, where she conducts and administers a graded program of four choirs with 100 choristers.

Ernest C. Oelkers, associate music director, St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church, Austin, Tex., where he has assumed the duties of principal organist and concert series coordinator. Mr. Oelkers leaves a similar position at Village Presbyterian Church in suburban Kansas City, where he served from 1998 to 2005. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mr. Oelkers is active as a recitalist, specializing in improvisation and early keyboard music; he has concertized in North America and Europe. In July 2000 he was awarded second prize in the AGO's National Competition in Organ Improvisation, and was a semifinalist in the 2002 competition.

Lynn Trapp, adjunct organ faculty, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., where he teaches students in the master of sacred music and master of divinity programs. Dr. Trapp is completing ten years as director of worship/music and organist at the Church of St. Olaf in downtown Minneapolis, where he directs an extensive liturgical program. His premiere recording on the church's 2001 Lively-Fulcher organ, Recital in the City, will be released in May 2006.


Laurence Libin has been appointed to the newly created position of honorary curator at Stein way & Sons. Formerly curator of musical instruments at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art for 33 years, Mr. Libin brings to Steinway a unique background as scholar, educator, author, and preservationist. He is a life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, vice president of the Organ Historical Society, a member of the UNESCOICOM International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections, recipient of numerous research grants, and a consultant to museums and collectors worldwide. …

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