The Wicks Organ Recital Returns To Fayette

Recital will feature a number of performers

January 29, 2018

The members of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church and the faculty and students of Central Methodist will join together on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. to present this year’s Wicks Organ Recital in Linn Church.

Instead of one guest recitalist, this year’s recital will present a group of organists and pianists, as well as a flute choir and a bell choir.

Six organists will perform on the organ, including Dr. Barb Berwin, CMU professor of music; Jonelle Loehnig of Columbia; Dr. Melissa Loehnig Simons, CMU assistant professor of music; Dr. William McIntosh, current back-up organist for Linn; Ruth Spayde, Linn organist and CMU adjunct organ teacher; and Miranda Weigand, CMU organ student and senior chemistry major from Weatherby.

Berwin, Loehnig, Simons, and Spayde will also play the piano, as piano-organ duets and an eight-handed piano-organ piece will be performed, too.

The Flute Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dori Waggoner, dean of the Swinney Conservatory of Music at CMU, will join Berwin in two hymn settings for flute choir and organ. In addition to Waggoner, flute choir members include Mikaela Lewis (senior music education major from Harrisburg); Katie Ince (freshman early childhood major from Labadie);

Samantha Reid (freshman music education major from Holt); Cheyenne Knecht (junior criminal justice major from Lawson); Desirae Martin (freshman pre-declared major from Hallsville); Samantha Shively (freshman music education major from Hunnewell); Haley Thoma (junior nursing major from Boonville); Abbey Sorrell (freshman chemistry major from Columbia); and Josh Miller (senior music education major from Waynesville).

The Linn Memorial Handbell Choir, under the direction of Barbara Gregory, will also join Spayde in a setting of the hymn, “Praise the Lord, His Glories Show.”

There is no admission charge for the Wicks Recital, and all are welcome to attend.