IUP Organ Alumni Perform for Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship

Posted on 9/14/2011 1:20:50 PM

Four IUP organ alumni will return on Friday, September 23, 2011, to perform in a 7:30 p.m. recital at Zion Lutheran Church. The free recital is presented in support of the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship fund and is dedicated to the memory of William J. Kelly, friend, member, and long-time supporter of the committee.

Titled “An Evening of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano,” the recital features IUP organ alumni and professor Christine Clewell along with other alumni Mark King, Sandy Rubright, and Vincent Ryan. They will be joined by IUP faculty member Therese Wacker, flute, and organ scholarship recipient Hadley Cesar, piano. A free reception to meet the musicians follows the recital.

The concert will feature a wide variety of music ranging from the late Renaissance music of Antonio Carreira to the twentieth-century music of Samuel Barber. There will also be music from Johann Sebastian Bach, John Knowles Paine, and other composers of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods .

William J. Kelly was a businessman who ran E.B. Kelly and Son Construction Company for many years, designing and building homes and businesses. His passion for engineering, architecture, and construction was only exceeded by his passion for music. He was a private voice student of Kristi Dearing and, in addition to singing, was a tenor in the Zion Lutheran Church choir and an active soloist in area churches and in Pittsburgh. He was the husband of the late Carol Teti Kelly and was actively involved with the scholarship committee from its inception.

Christine Clewell

Clewell is an assistant professor of organ and keyboard at IUP, where she teaches applied organ, applied keyboard theory, and class piano. She studied organ at Susquehanna University with Susan Hegberg and with Carol Teti at IUP, and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in Sared and Liturgical Studies under the tutelage of Robert Glasgow. She is also adjunct organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Indiana, Pa. Guest appearances include the historic Kotzschmar Series in Portland, Maine, and as a soloist at the Washington National Cathedral.

Mark King

Mark King is Minister of Music at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he conducts the parish choir along with the Boy and Girl Choristers, serves as organist for Eucharist and Evensong liturgies, and manages an extensive concert series which features local, national, and international artists. He earned a B.S. in organ and music education from IUP, where he studied with Teti, and an M.M. in performance and sacred music from Duquesne University, where he studied with Ann Labounsky. He has held church positions in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, and, in addition to his work at St. John’s, is also the organ and harpsichord instructor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V.

Sandy Rubright

Sandy Rubright is active in western Pennsylvania as an organist, choral and handbell music conductor, clinician, and music educator. She earned a B.F.A. degree from IUP, where she studied with Teti, and an M.M. from Duquesne, where she studied with Dick Konzen. Recent studies have been with Harald Vogel in Germany. She has taught music history at Westmoreland County Community College and served as a clinician for Augsburg Fortress and the Choirsters Guild publishers. She also maintains an active music studio, and serves as organist at a church in New Kensington.

Vincent Ryan

Vincent Ryan is the Minister of Music at Advent Lutheran Church in Harleysville, Pa. He holds a B.A. degree in piano performance and M.A. in organ performance from IUP, where his teachers included James Staples and Teti. He is an active composer and arranger with over 265 works for a variety of instruments and ensembles to his credit, and is published by Lorenz, Shawnee Press, Neil A. Kjos, and Oregon Catholic Press. He has also cocreated and produced a coloring book for children titled Meet the King, which is used in conjunction with his workshops that introduce children to the pipe organ.

Since its establishment in 1993, the challenge and mission for the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee has been working to overcome the continually growing trend of fewer organists in the U.S. on the local, state, and national levels. In the effort to combat this trend, the committee’s primary focus is raising scholarship money through fall and spring fundraising events for students who wish to pursue the study of organ and church music at IUP. To date, the committee has awarded over $30,000 to nearly thirty-five students.

The concert and reception are free. Donations supporting scholarships to IUP students to study organ will be gratefully accepted.

For additional information, please call (724) 463-8046, or e-mail Dr. Clewell at orgel@iup.edu.

Department of Music