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Nationally recognized organists to perform on Olivet’s Ruffatti pipe organ

Posted: Mar 13, 2017

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Olivet Nazarene University invites you to experience the majesty of the Ruffatti pipe organ played by three accomplished performers during the spring 2017 performances in the Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series.

Olivet Nazarene University invites you to experience the majesty of the Ruffatti pipe organ played by three accomplished performers. The spring 2017 performances in the Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series begin March 27 in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel for three consecutive Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. There is no admission charge for these performances.  

The performance schedule and guest performers are:

Monday, March 27, 2017 — Joshua McClure is the director of worship and music at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saint Charles, Illinois. He oversees a comprehensive music program there, including multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles, liturgical arts, handbell choirs, and a contemporary praise team and band. A former student of Ed Zimmerman, he has participated in church worship services since he was eight years old. A former local resident, he graduated from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School and Wheaton College (Illinois).

Monday, April 3, 2017 — Matt Gerhard '08 is director of music at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church in Indiana, as well as being an accomplished organist, pianist and conductor. He began studying organ with William Brown on a three-manual Austin pipe organ when he was a freshman in high school. While a student at Olivet, he studied organ with Dr. Timothy Nelson and traveled with The Olivetians ministry team. He also studied organ with Dr. Beverly Howard at California Baptist University. The music of the Church has always been important to him.

Monday, April 10, 2017 — "Festival of Spirituals" with Dr. M. Jane Holstein '80, piano/organ, and Elizabeth Harrison, soprano 

Dr. Holstein is the music editor at Hope Publishing. She studied organ at Olivet with Dr. Nelson, and also at The University of Kansas and Northwestern University. Recently, she compiled Hymns of Praise, a new book of 200 hymns and songs. She stays busy as an arranger, clinician, organist, worship planner, grandmother of two and concert artist. She also serves as director of music ministries at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Illinois.

Ms. Harrison is an artist recognized for her work as a concert performer, recitalist, opera and oratorio singer. In 2007, she made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their presentation of Wynton Marsalis’ "All Rise." She has performed across the country with various opera companies and at festivals. Also an active recitalist, she performs African-American spirituals throughout Chicagoland. 

This recital series honors the memory and musical career of Dr. Ovid Young '62, who passed away in 2014. An Olivet alumnus, he is remembered by many as a beloved performer, teacher, mentor and colleague. A pianist, organist, composer and conductor, Dr. Young had to his credit more than 7,000 performances in major concert halls, churches and colleges around the world.

Olivet’s Ruffatti pipe organ — custom built and installed by Famiglia Artigiana Fratelli Ruffatti (Ruffatti Brothers, Family of Artisans) of Padua, Italy, and Marshall & Ogletree of Boston — features a four-manual console and a concave pedal board with 32 notes. It has 125 ranks: 75 ranks of wind-blown pipes and a digital component of 50 additional ranks.

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U.S. states represented among Olivet's student body, as well as 17 countries