The IUP Music Department again takes center stage as the Carol Teti
Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee presents Kola Olowabi, in a recital featuring the premiere of Sept Hommages
by Claude Baker, the winning composition of the American Guild of
Organists (AGO) 2016 Pogorzelski Yankee Memorial Composition Competition.
free recital takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, in DiCicco
Hall, Room 121, of Cogswell Hall, and is preceded by a pre-concert talk
by Baker from 2:15–2:45.
all are invited to enjoy a dinner and conversation with Owolabi, a University of Michigan music professor, and AGO guests, including John Walker, president of the AGO, at the
Oak Room in Foster Hall. The cost of $75 per person includes a
donation to the scholarship fund.
Reservations are required and may be made through March 6 by
contacting the chairperson of the CTMOSC, Charles Cashdollar, at
724-463-3458. For more information on the recital, e-mail Cashdollar
at email@example.com or Christine Clewell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions to the
scholarship fund are welcome and gratefully accepted, and may be made at the
recital, or by mailing a check made out to the Foundation for IUP, Account
#5215 to the Foundation for IUP, Sutton Hall, Room G1, 1011 South Drive,
Indiana, PA 15705.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Kola
Owolabi (pictured at right) is associate professor of Organ at the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor where he teaches courses in organ, improvisation, and church music. From 2006 to 2014, he taught at Syracuse
University and served as university organist. He also held positions as sub dean and dean of the Syracuse Chapter of
the American Guild of Organists.
He holds degrees in organ performance and
choral conducting from McGill University, Montreal, Yale University, and Eastman
School of Music. His teachers have
included Bruce Wheatcroft, John Grew, Martin Jean, Thomas Murray, Hans
Davidsson, and William Porter. In 2002,
Owolabi was awarded second prize and audience prize at the American Guild
of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.
Owolabi is a published composer
and has received commissions from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and
the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. His
solo organ composition “Dance” was selected for the Royal Canadian College of
Organists National Competition in August 2013, where all of the finalists
performed this composition.
He was a
featured performer at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in
Boston in June 2014, performing three recitals at Methuen Memorial Music
Hall. He also performed a concert for
the Organ Historical Society Convention in Syracuse in August 2014. He performs regularly as organist and
harpsichordist with the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire and
Firebird Chamber Orchestra, based in Miami, Fla.
Claude Baker (pictured at left) is Class of 1956 Chancellor’s Professor of
Composition in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington,
where he is also the recipient of the universitywide Tracy M. Sonneborn Award
for accomplishments in the areas of teaching and research. Prior to his appointment at Indiana, he served
on the faculties of the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville
and was a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. In the eight-year period from 1991–99, he held
the position of composer-in-residence of the St. Louis Symphony, one of the
longest such residencies with any major orchestra in the country.
Baker earned his doctorate
from the Eastman School of Music, where his principal composition teachers were
Samuel Adler and Warren Benson. As a
composer, he has received a number of professional honors, including an Academy
Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; two Kennedy
Center Friedheim Awards; a Manuel de Falla Prize (Madrid); the
Eastman-Leonard and George Eastman Prizes; BMI-SCA and ASCAP awards; commissions
from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Barlow
Endowment for Music Composition, and Meet the Composer (now, New Music USA); a
Paul Fromm Residency at the American Academy in Rome; and fellowships from the
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts,
the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the state arts
councils of Indiana, Kentucky, and New York. Most
recently, he was selected as the winner of the inaugural Ronald G. Pogorzelski
and Lester D. Yankee Annual Composition Competition sponsored by the American
Guild of Organists.
the many orchestras that have commissioned and/or performed his music are those
of Saint Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and
Louisville, as well as the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony
Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de RTV Española, the Orquesta Nacional de
España, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and the Staatskapelle Halle. Other ensembles include the Cleveland Chamber
Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, the Voices of Change, the American Modern
Ensemble, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Momenta
String Quartet, and the Pacifica String Quartet (with pianist Ursula
Oppens). His works are published by
Lauren Keiser Music and Carl Fischer and are recorded on the Naxos, ACA,
Gasparo, Jeanné, IUMusic, TNC, and Louisville First Edition labels.