On December 12, 2016, the IUP organ studio performed a recital on the Pogorzelski Yankee Organ (PYO) titled “The Canon and the Contemporary.” The program included works by J. S. Bach, César Franck, P.D.Q. Bach, and original organ compositions written by the studio.
The original compositions were the result of a semester-long project that explored composition as a method by which students could develop score reading skills, study the tonal design of the PYO, and improve their musical imagination.
The program was presented under the direction of Christine Clewell, assistant professor of Organ and Keyboard, and John Levey, assistant professor of Music Theory and Composition.
In April 2017, the studio has been invited to present recitals at Heinz Memorial Chapel (Pittsburgh) and Newtown Presbyterian Church (Newtown, Pennsylvania). At the off-campus programs, the organ students will also present original music and works from the Western canon.
The IUP College of Fine Arts and the Department of Music express their gratitude to the American Guild of Organists for presenting the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Organ for use at IUP on a special lease agreement.